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Beloved BBC broadcaster David Jacobs dead at 87

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Sep 02, 2013 | 4:58pm EDT

Veteran British broadcaster David Jacobs has died, aged 87. The TV and radio presenter, whose career began 70 years ago, passed away at his home just over a month after poor health prompted him to step down from his BBC Radio Two show. Jacobs became a staple at the BBC after hosting shows like Housewives' Choice, Juke Box Jury and Any Questions. Announcing his decision to retire in July (13), Jacobs told listeners, "Over the past two years, Radio 2 has given me time to be treated for liver cancer and Parkinson's Disease." He began his broadcasting career in the Royal Navy in 1944, and joined the BBC a year later. Jacobs was one of the first hosts of chart show Top of the Pops and he also presented the telecast of the annual Eurovision Song Contest.

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