Colleagues and friends pay tribute to Mike Smith

The former BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show host and TV presenter is fondly remembered by those who worked with him


The death of former Radio 1 Breakfast Show host, television presenter and entrepreneur Mike Smith at the age of just 59 shocked many in Britain. He passed away on Friday following complications after major heart surgery.  


With a long career in broadcasting, Smith worked with some of the most famous faces on television and radio still today.

Tributes have been led by broadcaster Noel Edmonds, who worked closely with Smith on TV show The Late, Late Breakfast Show in the 1980s. He issued a statement in which he said he was “heartbroken” at hearing the news.

“I am typing this through tears,” added Edmonds.  “He was so much more than a presenter. Mike was that rare individual- the consummate broadcaster.”

Many others have taken to Twitter to pay their respects to their colleague and friend.  

Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson said:


Former Radio 1 DJ, Keith Chegwin, said:


Another Radio 1 alumnus, Tony Blackburn, wrote: