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BBC radio icon John Peel passes away

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MUMBAI: One of the giants of British radio BBC disc jockey John Peel, whose nightly Radio One programme is credited with launching the careers of British bands including New Order and Joy Division passed away from al heart attack.



He was 65 years old..Peel is credited with nurturing musicians and introducing listeners to new sounds.



Radio One 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. Hopeful bands all over the world would send their demo tapes to John knowing that he really cared. His commitment and passion for new music only grew stronger over the years.



"John's influence has towered over the development of popular music for nearly four decades and his contribution to modern music and music culture is immeasurable..

 

BBC DG Mark Thompson said, "He was one of the giants of radio and will be missed, not just by everyone at the BBC, but by millions of listeners of all ages." Peel also presented a weekly BBC World Service music programme.



Meanwhile Kershaw, a DJ on BBC Radio 3, was quoted in a report saying that Peel's schedule at Radio 1 had been affecting his health. Kershaw wrote an article in The Independent saying that the last time he saw Peel, he looked absolutely worn out. Peel had informed him that his Radio 1 slot had been moved and that the combination of that and Home Truths (his Radio 4 show) was taking a toll. Kershaw added that Peel felt he had been marginalised.



Peel broadcast on Radio 1 three times a week in the 10 pm-midnight timeslot until July. He was moved to the 11pm -1am slot



BBC World Service director Nigel Chapman said, " He was a very popular, pioneering presenter who broadened the horizons of generations of global listeners. He was a tireless enthusiast for new music in all its forms and his passion and warmth touched the lives of millions around the world. A great advocate of the World Service, he played a key role in our recent 70th Anniversary celebrations. His innovative and iconic style will be greatly missed."

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