Peter Hobday: Former Today programme host dies at 82

Peter Hobday

Peter Hobday, who co-presented BBC Radio four’s Nowadays programme within the 1980s and 90s, has died on the age of 82.

Hobday used to be a standard at the flagship radio display for 14 years till his arguable dismissal in 1996.

A professional on economics and industry, Hobday additionally fronted the Cash Programme on BBC Two and helped release Newsnight in 1980.

Former Nowadays host James Naughtie, who labored with Hobday for 2 years, remembered his “jolliness”.

Hobday used to be “an overly realized guy, extraordinarily well-read and a person of huge accomplishments”, Naughtie stated on Tuesday.

“When you wouldn’t have a character there is not any level, and Peter had a phenomenal, heat and embracing character. It used to be stated that through the mid-1990s his taste used to be somewhat 1980s. That is what he felt were the cause of his departure. I do not know whether or not that used to be true or no longer, however he used to be a lot overlooked.”

Naughtie stated the broadcaster used to be “a phenomenal personality to be sitting beside” and that “he used to be by no means with no funny story”.

Fran Unsworth, director of BBC Information additionally paid tribute. “Peter used to be a heat and attractive presenter who used to be a lot favored through audiences,” she stated. “Our ideas are along with his friends and family.”

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The Nowadays presenters in 1994: (left-right) James Naughtie, Sue MacGregor, Peter Hobday, Anna Ford and John Humphrys

Hobday’s laid-back, home taste used to be a success with many listeners and there used to be an outcry when he needed to depart.

Hugo Gurdon famous in The Day-to-day Telegraph on the time: “Out in listener land, they prefer his jokes, they prefer him, they even like his widespread announcements at the well being of his camellias within the lawn of his Kensington house.”

Newsreader Julie Etchingham remembered his kindness in her Twitter tribute.

Hobday entered journalism because the showbusiness editor for the Wolverhampton Categorical and Superstar. In 1970, he joined the BBC International Carrier, which resulted in him turning into a presenter on Radio four’s Monetary International This night and later the Cash Programme on tv.

He helped to release Newsnight on BBC Two as co-host and the display’s financial specialist for 3 years, and used to be appointed to Nowadays in 1983.

Ageism denied

In 1996, he used to be dropped from Nowadays through the programme’s then-editor Roger Mosey, a transfer that used to be met with dismay through his fanatics.

The Occasions fixed a “save Peter Hobday” marketing campaign. Following the outcry, the BBC denied claims that Hobday, who used to be drawing near 60, used to be got rid of as a result of his age.

Whilst saddened through his departure, Hobday seemed to take it at the chin. He stated: “A fats, middle-aged hack like me did not truly sq. with the imply, lean interview device. [I] wasn’t invasive and I did not really feel the want to scream and shout.”

He later carried on presenting more than a few radio programmes, together with The International At One and Opera and About on Radio four.

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