David Jacobs to depart Radio 2 show

By | Published on Tuesday 23 July 2013

David Jacobs

Veteran radio DJ David Jacobs will step down from his weekly Radio 2 show next month, it was announced yesterday. The presenter, who has hosted ‘The David Jacobs Collection’ for the BBC station since 1998, is departing for health reasons, though says he will return for occasional special programmes. His final show will air on 4 Aug.

87 year old Jacobs, who has hosted numerous radio shows over the years, and was the original host of classic music TV programme ‘Jukebox Jury’ in the 1960s, told reporters: “Over the past two years Radio 2 has given me time to be treated for liver cancer and Parkinson’s Disease. My producer, Alan Boyd, has been a tower of strength in so many ways and I thank him profusely. We shared a love of so many records and wonderful music. I will not stop collecting but my sadness will be that I cannot share them with all my loyal listeners. But rest assured, I will be back from time to time”.

Meanwhile Radio 2 boss Bob Shennan said: “It’s a word that is overused, but David Jacobs is truly a unique broadcaster. He has been an integral part of the BBC for so many years and is loved by his listeners and Radio 2 colleagues alike. Since 1998 he has embodied the sound of Sunday evenings and I am already looking forward to his special programmes later in the year”.