Tributes flood in for radio presenter Patricia Hughes

One of the BBC's most distinctive radio announcers Patricia Hughes has died at the age of 90 in a Winchester nursing home.

Hughes started at the BBC as a secretary in 1944, before becoming an announcer with a famed elegant voice.

She appeared on the Light Programme, the Home Service and the Third Programme, now known as Radio 3.

In 1969, following a career break, she returned to Radio 3 until she retired in 1983.

For many years, she was the only female announcer on Radio 3.

In addition to her radio work she recorded a number of audiobooks, including an autobiography of Margaret Thatcher, the BBC said.

She died yesterday at a nursing home in Winchester, Hampshire and leaves a daughter, Emma, and two grand-daughters.

Michael Berkeley, presenter of Private Passions on Radio 3, said she had been an "utterly idiosyncratic voice of Radio 3 for many years".

Roger Wright, Controller of BBC Radio 3, said: "I was saddened to hear about the death of Patricia Hughes, one of BBC Radio 3's best-loved voices.

"Her contribution to radio in general and the station in particular was significant - not least her memorable introductions to lunch-time concerts.

"She was much loved by our listeners and her death marks the passing of an era."

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5:04am Mon 11 Feb 13

Lionel P says...

RIP Ms Hughes.

The memory of your measured and elegant voice brings back my younger days and the time when the BBC was a shining beacon of British culture, alas no longer the case.
RIP Ms Hughes. The memory of your measured and elegant voice brings back my younger days and the time when the BBC was a shining beacon of British culture, alas no longer the case. Lionel P
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2:16pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Stephen J says...

Much missed, along with others such as Peter Barker.
Much missed, along with others such as Peter Barker. Stephen J
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