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Thursday, 23 November 2006

Rest in Peace - Nick Clarke

Broadcaster Nick Clarke died early today, finally succumbing to the cancer which first struck him viciously late last year and necessitated amputation of a leg. He returned to 'The World at One' on BBC Radio4 this summer adding his characteristic politeness and brevity to interviews, whilst maintaining his dogged determination to get his interviewees to reveal a lot more than many wished to. He similarly added a tone of civilised reasonableness during his all too brief return to hosting 'Any Questions' during the brief absences of the somewhat querulous Jonathan Dimbleby; a breath of fresh air which I looked forward to whenever the 'other' Dimbleby brother took time off.

Tragically both Nick Clarke's parents died of cancer too. He will be much missed, not just by his friends and family, but by the many tens of thousands of Radio4 listeners, such as me, who appreciated his fine qualities.

Rest in Peace - Nick Clarke
1948 - 2006

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