R.I.P. JY, The Original UK "Personality Jock" Sir Jimmy Young dead
The veteran broadcaster Sir Jimmy Young has died "peacefully at home", aged 95.
A spokesman for the former Radio 2 DJ said his wife Alicia was by his side when he passed away on Monday afternoon.In a radio broadcasting career spanning almost 30 years, Sir Jimmy became known as the "housewives' choice" and counted prime ministers and the Queen among his many millions of faithful listeners.The presenter interviewed every PM since Harold Macmillan, with Baroness Thatcher a guest no fewer than 14 times. Sir Jimmy Young presented Radio 2's lunchtime show for nearly 30 years, joining the station in 1973 and continuing until his retirement in late 2002.BBC Director-General Tony Hall said: "Sir Jimmy Young defined Radio 2 and was a true broadcasting pioneer. He will be dearly missed by his many fans."Radio 2's current lunchtime show presenter Jeremy Vine said: "Jimmy Young was one of the most important figures in Radio 2's history."He understood that listeners were central to the lunchtime show, he brought them on board, and he ensured that politicians were held accountable in a way that was firm but always polite."His achievement was his staying power - to still be doing ten hours of live radio a week at the age of 82 was nothing short of remarkable."