Chris Stuart dead aged 73 – BBC Radio 2 DJ who launched Only Connect & commentated on Princess Diana’s funeral dies

FORMER Radio 2 DJ Chris Stuart has tragically died.

The 73-year-old was hailed as “one of the true greats” of broadcasting.

Chris Stuart (middle) has died aged 73


Chris Stuart (middle) has died aged 73Credit: BBC

In his career at the BBC he masterminded hit shows such as Only Connect and commentated on Princess Diana’s funeral for the radio.

Born in Durham, the broadcaster started his career at the Western Mail in Cardiff after graduating from New College, Oxford.

In 1978, he became one of the first hosts of BBC Radio Wales and was said to be “instrumental” in its success.

He then moved to London to work on BBC Radio 2 as a daily presenter and Radio 4.

Chris later set up a radio and TV production company in 1993 with wife Megan in Cardiff.

Only Connect host Victoria Coren Michell gave a touching tribute to her “treasured” broadcaster friend.

She said: “Everyone is devastated by the loss of Chris Stuart, our brilliant colleague.

She added: “Joyful and lovely and wise and insightful, and a talented broadcaster himself, which listeners to Radio Wales will remember.

“Most of all he was our beloved, treasured, friend, and we’re heartbroken.”

He is survived by his wife, a former producer on BBC Woman’s Hour, and four children.


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