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Peter Donaldson Dead: Radio 4 Newsreader Dies, Aged 70

03/11/2015 12:13 GMT | Updated 03/11/2015 12:59 GMT

Radio 4 announcer and newsreader Peter Donaldson has died, at the age of 70.

It was announced on the radio station's early morning news on Tuesday that the broadcaster had died from cancer, with hundreds of fans as well as former colleagues rushing to pay their respects.

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Peter Donaldson

BBC director-general Tony Hall is among those to share their condolences, commending Peter as "the quintessential voice of Radio 4".

Newsreader Carrie Corfield took to Twitter, writing: "He was a huge part of my life for over 27 years - a good friend, a superb broadcaster, a mentor, an ally, a rock, and the best boss I've ever had."

Others add:

Before joining the BBC, in 1970, Peter worked for armed forces radio station, BFBS. Peter retired in 2012, signing off with the New Year’s Eve bulletin.

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