As of 2.00pm today, it’s just been announced that John Peel – bastion of English radio – has died suddenly in Peru. Here are a few links that I’ve found following the announcement:
- John Peel has died – “Veteran BBC broadcaster John Peel has died at the age of 65, while on holiday in Peru. Peel, whose radio career spanned 40 years, was on a working holiday in the resort of Cuzco with his wife Sheila when he suffered a heart attack.”
- More from Radio 1 – “John Peel was a unique broadcaster whose influence on Radio 1 could be felt from its very first days. He nurtured musicians and listeners alike introducing them to new sounds.” – Jenny Abramsky, Director of BBC Radio and Music
- Broadcaster John Peel dies in Peru (Reuters) – “He passed away. We don’t have any details. We received a phone call at 4 a.m. from his brother to inform us,” said Jonathan Clare, an embassy official in Lima.
- John Peel dies of a Heart Attack (NME) – Radio 1 controller Andy Parfitt said “John Peel was a broadcasting legend. I am deeply saddened by his death as are all who work at Radio 1. Johnís influence has towered over the development of popular music for nearly four decades and his contribution to modern music and music culture is immeasurable… Over a career spanning 40 years Peel consistently championed new music, and in 1994 was given the NME Godlike Genius award for his services to music.
- John Peel dies aged 65 (Guardian) – looks like a bit of a rehash from the wires, this one…
Recent news about John Peel from BBC News: Radio award for ‘unrivalled’ Peel and Veteran DJs in radio hall of fame. You can keep up with the news about his death on the Google News Search Results page. There’s a discussion on barbelith and on metafilter too. You can send in tributes to the BBC on this page and there’s a list of all the tributes on this page. Phil Gyford has also posted his personal feelings on the subject as has Mo Morgan.