Tributes to veteran BBC radio DJ Steve Wright who's died aged 69
Steve Wright who presented BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2 for more than four decades has died aged 69, his family have confirmed. The veteran DJ and presenter joined the broadcaster in the 190s and went on to host programmes such as Top of The Pops as well as afternoon shows on Radio 1 and Radio 2.
In a statement on Tuesday, February 13 Wright's family said: "It is with deep sorrow and profound regret that we announce the passing of our beloved Steve Wright.
"In addition to his son, Tom, and daughter, Lucy, Steve leaves behind his brother, Laurence and his father Richard. Also, much-loved close friends and colleagues, and millions of devoted radio listeners who had the good fortune and great pleasure of allowing Steve into their daily lives as one of the UK's most enduring and popular radio personalities. As we all grieve, the family requests privacy at this immensely difficult time."
Tributes have been pouring in for the veteran broadcaster who it was believed last on air on Sunday in a pre-recorded show. Wright announced in 2022 that he was stepping down from his show on Radio 2 after 23 years.
Tim Davie, BBC Director General said "All of us at the BBC are heartbroken to hear this terribly sad news. Steve was a truly wonderful broadcaster who has been a huge part of so many of our lives over many decades. He was the ultimate professional – passionate about the craft of radio and deeply in touch with his listeners. This was deservedly recognised in the New Year Honours list with his MBE for services to radio. No-one had more energy to deliver shows that put a smile on audiences’ faces. They loved him deeply. We are thinking of Steve and his family and will miss him terribly."
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