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Tributes are paid to radio newsreader Howard Philpott

By Sherna Noah

Radio 4 newsreader and announcer Howard Philpott has died after a short battle with cancer.

Listeners to the BBC station heard Philpott (63) on the Radio 4 airwaves for the last 13 years.

BBC correspondent Nick Higham tweeted: "RIP my friend Howard Philpott, Radio 4 announcer and newsreader, who died last night. A really lovely man."

Senior announcer Chris Aldridge paid tribute, saying: "Howard Philpott was a much-loved and respected Radio 4 newsreader and announcer for some 13 years.

"We have lost a great friend and standard-bearer, and the BBC a dedicated servant."

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