BBC newsreader Howard Philpott has died at the age of 63
The 63-year-old worked on Radio 4 for 13 years, having first joined the BBC as a studio manager in 1975.
Howard previously said joining the station had been his childhood ambition.
His wife Nic said he “adored radio – it was his life.”
Radio 4 senior announcer Chris Aldridge said today that Howard was a "much-loved and respected" newsreader.
”He adored the medium of radio and was instinctive in the way he talked to the Radio 4 listener, mixing intellectual rigour with a ready wit,” he said.
Corrie Corfield paid tribute to her colleague and friend
Neil Nunes said Howard's death was a "huge loss"
"Away from the microphone he was delightful and self-effacing but with a steely resolve to uphold standards of grammar and pronunciation within the announcer team.
"We have lost a great friend and standard-bearer, and the BBC a dedicated servant."
Meanwhile, many of Howard’s colleagues took to Twitter to pay tribute to their friend.
BBC Radio 4 announcer Corrie Corfield tweeted: “Dear colleague & friend, Howard Philpott. Such a wonderful b'caster, totally dependable, kind, funny & a bit naughty. You'll be so missed."
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"Deeply sad at the death of my @bbcradio4 colleague Mr Howard Philpott,” newsreader Neil Nunes said.
"First class broadcaster and a great gentleman. Huge loss.”
Announcer and newsreader Zeb Soanes added: ”He was meticulous with a subversive twinkle & always reading something fascinating. I'll miss him on and off the air."