Tributes paid to BBC Radio Ulster presenter Kim Lenaghan

BBC Radio Ulster presenter Kim Lenaghan has died at the age of 61.

The BBC announced the sad news on Monday afternoon and tributes have been made on the radio and on social media.

Kim had also worked on Downtown Radio and was well known in the theatre, food and television industries.

She worked for the BBC for 25 years and was most recently hosting a weekend show on Radio Ulster. Her first job at the BBC was on Good Morning Ulster reading the newspaper reviews before going on to host a daily show.

Adam Smyth, Interim Director of BBC Northern Ireland, told the BBC: “We are shocked and saddened by the sudden death of our friend and colleague Kim Lenaghan.

“Kim was a versatile and talented broadcaster who welcomed listeners into Saturdays and Sundays with her warm tones, sense of humour and impeccable music taste.

“Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to her husband Andrew, her family and many friends.”

Kim had a health scare in 2019 and was admitted to hospital after tests revealed she had dangerously low levels of iron and needed immediate blood transfusions.