Tributes paid to radio executive Tim Blackmore MBE who has died aged 78

Tributes are being paid to radio professional Tim Blackmore MBE who has died at the age of 78.

Tim has been living with an inoperable brain tumour for the last 12 months and was honoured by the Radio Academy recently for his dedication to the radio and music industry throughout his entire life.

He started his working life as a Technical Operator at the BBC in 1962, before becoming a studio manager a few years later.

Tim helped launch Radio 1 in 1967, producing Tony Blackburn, Noel Edmonds and the documentary series The Story of Pop. Tim then joined London’s Capital Radio in 1977, becoming Head of Music and later Head of Programmes, before co-founding Unique Broadcasting Company, one of the early pioneers in the independent audio sector.

He was the first Director of the Radio Academy, was on the founding committee of the Sony Awards, and set up the first annual radio industry ‘festival’.

In 2012, Tim was presented with the Radio Academy John Peel Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Music Radio.

He wrote a special article for RadioToday last year thanking radio and music for over 70 years of entertainment.

Last year, he recorded a podcast special with the Radio Academy following his announcement that he has an inoperable brain tumour.

Tim is survived by his wife Margaret and children Simon and Joanna.

The Radio Academy has opened an online Book of Remembrance for radio industry colleagues to leave their memories and messages about Tim Blackmore.