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BBC broadcaster Gerry Anderson dies aged 69

The presenter had stopped working two years ago due to health reasons.

Image: Gareth Chaney via Photocall Ireland

THE FORMER BBC Radio Ulster presenter, Gerry Anderson, has died at the age of 69 after a long illness.

He was one of Northern Ireland’s best known presenters.

He started working as a radio presenter in 1984 and during his 30 year career he hosted both radio and TV programmes for BBC Northern Ireland, BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio Foyle and BBC Radio 4.

He was awarded Best Regional Presenter at the Royal Television Society journalism awards in 2004 and in 2005 he was inducted into the UK Radio Hall of Fame.

The former show band guitarist had been off air for almost two years due to his health.

He was born in Derry and coined the name ‘Stroke City’ during the contention over what the city should be called.

Director of BBC Northern Ireland, Peter Johnson, said, ”Gerry was a man of great wit and mischief, but he also brought great wisdom and insight to what he did.

I think in Gerry’s case – it’s often said lightly but in his case truly, I don’t think we’ll ever see his like again.

Many listeners and fans are expressing their sympathies on Twitter this morning.

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