Tributes paid to Michael Parkinson who has died aged 88

Sir Micheal Parkinson’s family have confirmed that the broadcaster has passed away at the age of 88 years.

Across his seven-decade career he was best known as a TV talkshow host, but Sir Michael also presented many radio programmes.

He hosted BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs for three years from 1986. Between 1994 and 1996 he hosted Parkinson on Sport on BBC Radio Five Live.

From 1996 until 2007, he presented Parkinson’s Sunday Supplement on BBC Radio 2, which included interviews with media personalities.

He also spent time presenting a mid-morning programme on London’s LBC Newstalk 97.3FM and, in 2021 hosted a series for Jazz FM sharing his passion for his favourite jazz songs.

A statement from Sir Michael’s family said: “After a brief illness Sir Michael Parkinson passed away peacefully at home last night in the company of his family.

“The family request that they are given privacy and time to grieve.”