Pioneering music broadcaster David Jacobs has died little more than a month after announcing his retirement from his Radio 2 show.
The 87-year-old was one of the first faces of popular music on British TV, having hosted Juke Box Jury on the BBC and being one of the initial presenters of Top Of The Pops when it launched in 1964. However, his broadcasting career began at the Corporation back in 1945, starting as an announcer and newsreader after leaving the navy.
His television career also included serving as the host between 1957 and 1966 of A Song For Europe in which the UK entry for each year's Eurovision Song Contest was chosen, while he also fronted the panel game What's My Line?.
On radio he hosted Pick of The Pops on the BBC's Radio 1 and Radio 2 predecessor the Light Programme between 1957 and 1961 and briefly returned to the show in 1962 before Alan Freeman took over.
He played himself in the rock 'n' roll biog Stardust starring David Essex, while was a DJ in the early days of Radio 1 before finding a home at Radio 2. This included presenting a daily lunchtime show between 1985 and the end of 1991, while since 1998 and until his last show on August 4 this year hosted The David Jacobs Collection on Sunday nights. He announced at the end of July he would be leaving the show because of ill health.
Radio 2 controller Bob Shennan said Jacobs was "a true giant of the BBC", adding: "David was a legend in broadcasting, not only for the Radio 2 audience, but for the whole population. "I am sure his audience will feel they have lost a friend, as we all do here at Radio 2."