Yorkshire broadcasting institution Harry Gration dies aged 71

Yorkshire broadcasting institution Harry Gration dies aged 71
The broadcaster fronted the BBC’s Look North programme between 1982 e 2020.

Antigo BBC regional news presenter Harry Gration has died at the age of 71.

The broadcaster became a Yorkshire institution after fronting the BBC’s Look North programme between 1982 e 2020 em uma carreira de mais de 40 anos.

The BBC said he died suddenly on Friday.

The corporation’s director-general Tim Davie said Gration was “loved everywhere, but especially in Yorkshire”.

Ele adicionou: “Harry Gration MBE was an outstanding broadcaster and commentator.

“He had a real connection with the public who saw him as one of their own.

“He will be hugely missed by his many fans and friends. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.”

Jason Horton, acting director of BBC England, described Gration as “one of the true broadcasting greats”.

“He was a natural on the television and on radio, adored by our audiences, especially as the trusted face of Look North and South Today," ele adicionou.

“He loved news, sport, his colleagues and fundraising for Children in Need and Comic Relief. Our thoughts are with his family, his friends and everyone across the BBC who he worked with.”

Gration, nascido em Bradford, ingressou na BBC em 1978 after working as a history teacher, and joined Look North in 1982, although he left for a spell working on BBC South Today in the 1990s.

Ele cobriu nove Jogos Olímpicos para a BBC e ganhou dois Royal Television Society (RTS) prêmios por seus documentários esportivos: White Rose In Africa in 1992 and Dickie Bird: A Rare Species in 1997.

And he won the RTS Best Presenter award twice.

Gration announced in 2020 that he was stepping down after more than 40 years in broadcasting (BBC/PA)
Gration announced in 2020 that he was stepping down after more than 40 years in broadcasting (BBC/PA)

Ele foi feito um MBE para serviços de radiodifusão em 2013.

Speaking after it was announced he was leaving the BBC in 2020, Gration said: “I’ve interviewed every prime minister since Margaret Thatcher, covered every major Look North story even at the expense of my holidays, and I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

“I’ve always lived the story. Horrendous events such as the devastating news of Jo Cox’s death, the disastrous floods of recent times, the Bradford riots, Hillsborough, have always affected me. They were always an assault on my county.

“Stand-out moments include raising over £800,000 on a tandem, pushing a sofa and being tied to Paul: three challenges my body will never forget.”

Dentro 2019, Gration became a father again at the age of 68, when his wife, Helen, gave birth to his sixth child.

Tributes flooded in from the world of media, sport and politics following the news of his death.

Leeds United described Gration as “a magnificent journalist and a pillar of our community”, while Yorkshire County Cricket Club tweeted: “We are deeply saddened to discover that former Board member and friend of the Club, Harry Gration, has passed away. Our thoughts are with Harry’s friends and families at this difficult time.”

Canal 5 news presenter Dan Walker, who recently left his role on BBC Breakfast, tweetou: “Harry would often call to talk & once, I’d been hammered in the press for something, he called with the kindest & most helpful words of encouragement. He cared. He was brilliant to work with, wonderful to watch & just a true gentleman”.

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi said she was “shocked and deeply saddened”.

Ela tuitou: “Harry was one of the kindest, most approachable people in journalism. His support for good causes &his love for #Yorkshire was unmeasurable. Always had time for a chat.

“RIP Mr Look North – you will be missed by so many.”

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