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BBC Radio 2 presenter Desmond Carrington dies

By | Published on Thursday 2 February 2017

Desmond Carrington

BBC Radio 2 presenter Desmond Carrington has died, aged 90. Having worked for the station since the 1950s, he is best known for his weekly show ‘The Music Goes Round’, which he presented for 35 years, until last October when he stepped down due to ill health.

Announcing Carrington’s death, his partner and producer Dave Aylott said: “It is with great sadness I announce that Desmond Carrington has passed away. Desmond, who was 90, passed away peacefully this afternoon after a long battle with cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. I ask that our privacy is respected at this time”.

Paying tribute, BBC Radio director Bob Shennan said: “Desmond was a warm, caring and generous man who was much loved by the Radio 2 audience and all those who had the pleasure of working with him during his illustrious career. He was a natural broadcaster and a key part of the BBC Radio family. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time”.

Head Of Radio 2, Lewis Carnie, added: “Desmond’s weekly Friday evening programme, ‘The Music Goes Round’, was full of musical gems and treasures, and he will be very much missed by his listeners. He had an illustrious, long career and we are so glad he was part of the Radio 2 family for so much of it”.

You can listen to a tribute show, broadcast on Radio 2 last night, here.