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The 50 best BBC radio broadcasters of all time

From Sandi Toksvig and Graham Norton to Kirsty Young and Terry Wogan, industry figures helped us compile a list of masters of the medium to celebrate the 50th anniversary of BBC radio

Published: Saturday, 30th September 2017 at 9:00 am

40 Patricia Hughes

The classical touch


One of the first women to read the news on BBC radio, she was elegance personified as Radio 3’s unofficial lead announcer in the 1970s.

39 Graham Norton


TV success shouldn’t overshadow the brilliance — and mischievousness — of his contribution to Saturdays on Radio 2 with celebrity chat and the Grill Graham “agony aunt” slot.

38 Ken Bruce

Top of the Scots

When someone writes the history of beautiful Celtic accents on BBC radio, the Glasgow-born Radio 2 stalwart will need his own chapter.

37 Brian Matthew

The 60s and beyond

He virtually invented pop-music broadcasting and, having pre-dated Radio 1, was still presenting Sounds of the 60s until a few weeks before his death earlier this year.

36 Steve Wright

The Wright stuff


Pioneer of the multipersonality “zoo” format whose Radio 2 show still has a bit of Radio 1 in its soul.


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