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Tributes paid to broadcaster David Jacobs

Tributes have been paid to broadcaster David Jacobs, who has died aged 87 after battles with Parkinson's disease and liver cancer.

Jacobs became a household name with his relaxed presentation of such peak-time radio and TV programmes as Juke Box Jury and Pick Of The Pops, What's My Line? and Any Questions? He stepped down from his weekly Radio 2 programme last month because of ill health.

Disc jockey Tony Blackburn said on Twitter: "Very sad to hear that David Jacobs has passed away, another great broadcaster no longer with us. I'm proud to have known him. RIP David." TV and radio personality Zoe Ball tweeted: "Dear David Jacobs has passed away. One of my all time favourite broadcasters. ThankYouForTheMusic RIP dear chap."

Music presenter Bob Harris told followers: "So very sad to hear the news about David Jacobs, my friend and mentor. He gave me my first-ever mention on the radio on my 15th birthday."

A BBC spokesman said Jacobs died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family.

Bob Shennan, controller of BBC Radio 2, 6 Music, Asian Network and popular music, said: "David was a legend in broadcasting, not only for the Radio 2 audience, but for the whole population. He was a true giant of the BBC, whose career spanned seven decades on radio and television. His broadcast hallmarks were great taste, authority and warmth. I am sure his audience will feel they have lost a friend, as we all do here at Radio 2."

Helen Boaden, controller of BBC Radio, said: "From Juke Box Jury to Melodies For You on Radio 2, David's effortless presenting style belied his consummate professionalism."

Tony Hall, director general of the BBC, said: "I'm very sad indeed to hear the news about David. As a young and avid viewer of Juke Box Jury, I remember him every week scoring the hits and misses. And I was still listening to him just last month as he fronted his show The David Jacobs Collection on Radio 2. He was one of the great broadcast personalities, and we shall all miss him tremendously."

It was announced in July that Jacobs would step down from his Radio 2 show, which he had hosted for 16 years, after a final edition on August 4.

Jacobs's life was tinged with tragedy. His only son, Jeremy, was killed in an accident in Israel at the age of 19. And two years later his second wife, Caroline, was killed in a road accident in Spain, carrying their unborn child, only weeks after their marriage. But he was a self-proclaimed "huge optimist" and he looked upon such calamities and also the occasional setback in his career as presenting him with new challenges for the future.

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