BBC radio presenter Dom Busby dies aged 53

BBC radio presenter Dom Busby dies aged 53 as his former teacher Stephen Fry pays tribute to ‘delightful, bubbly, charming and smart’ ex-pupil

  • Presenter Dom Busby’s death was announced on Radio 5 Live this morning  
  • Stephen Fry wrote that he is ‘terribly saddened by the news’ of his death  
  • BBC Radio Sussex shared pictures of Mr Busby from his time at the station  

BBC radio presenter Dom Busby has died aged 53 after a short illness and his former teacher Stephen Fry has led tributes to his ‘delightful, bubbly, charming and smart’ ex-pupil.   

The presenter’s death was announced on Radio 5 Live this morning by Shourjo Sarkar, who said his thoughts were with Mr Busby’s family.

Stephen Fry wrote: ‘Terribly saddened by the news of Dom Busby’s death. 

‘I had the honour of teaching him (and his rascally brothers) many, many years ago. 

‘He was as delightful, bubbly, charming and smart then as he was throughout his career.’ 

Dom Busby’s death was announced on Radio 5 Live this morning by Shourjo Sarkar, who said his thoughts were with Mr Busby’s family

Stephen Fry led tributes to the radio presenter on Twitter, describing him as a ‘delightful, bubbly, charming and smart’ person

BBC Radio Sussex shared pictures of Mr Busby from his time at the station and wrote: ‘It’s with great sadness that we report the passing of former presenter Dominic Busby after a short illness.

Mr Busby died after suffering from a short illness 

‘He was a well loved member of our team. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Rest in peace Dom.’

BBC sports presenter Chris Latchem wrote: ‘We’ve lost one of our own at BBC 5Live. Dom Busby lifted us all. Forever positive, he lived to broadcast, and he did so far and wide. 

‘Wherever you are in the country – chances are he’s done your local station. 

‘I’ll remember great times at Headingley, and his joyous tears remembering watching Boycott from the Weston Terrace. 

‘He loved rugby and cricket and Edinburgh and Yorkshire, oh he loved Yorkshire – ”God’s own country you know!” 

‘But he’d always talk about what YOU loved: Boxing, Bournemouth whatever it was and whoever you were – and he remembered what people considered important. 

‘Dom had friendships from the boardroom to the front desk. He was one of a kind and I’ll miss him. 

‘See you around old friend.’ 

BBC Radio Sussex shared pictures of Mr Busby from his time at the station and wrote: ‘It’s with great sadness that we report the passing of former presenter Dominic Busby after a short illness’

Radio sports new editor Colin Patterson said: ‘Dom was a great broadcaster and a brilliant man. He loved sport and radio so had the perfect job.

‘You could hear the excitement in his voice when he was reading the sports news on air. He had a long and successful career at the BBC – 30 years at many of our local radio stations, and for the past 10 of those years he also worked for BBC Sport.

‘He will be much missed by his colleagues and listeners to BBC radio. Our thoughts are with his family at this terrible time.’

Cricket coach Jason Gilllespie said: ‘Sad news to hear than Dom Busby has passed away. A lovely man- my condolences to Dom’s family, friends and colleagues.’

Cricket coach Jason Gilllespie said: ‘Sad news to hear than Dom Busby has passed away. A lovely man- my condolences to Dom’s family, friends and colleagues’

And Radio 5 Live presenter Steve Crossman wrote: ‘Terribly sad news today that our colleague Dom Busby has passed away. 

‘He had an incredible knack of stopping you in the office to tell you he’d enjoyed something you’d done, just when you needed to hear it. A permapositive man who made MediaCity a nicer and lighter place to be.’

Presenter of BBC North West Tonight Roger Johnson said: ‘A dear, old friend died after a short illness this morning. Dominic Busby was a familiar voice to BBC national radio listeners – and on many local radio stations in England. Whatever his worries, he always exuded positivity. My thoughts are with his family.’

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