BBC Newsday presenter Julian Keane dies after long illness

BBC Newsday presenter Julian Keane has died after battling a long illness.

The BBC has confirmed has confirmed this death with an online tribute this month.

He had worked for the BBC for more than 30 years, joining in 1988 on an apprenticeship and becoming one of the World Service's most recognisable voices.

Their statement said: "Our dear colleague and Newsday presenter Julian Keane has died after a long illness.

"Many listeners will have been familiar with his voice on the World Service for more than a quarter of a century, initially on the BBC’s French Service, then on Europe Today, The World Today and The Newsroom.

"Most recently, Julian presented Newsday, since the programme's launch in 2012."

The BBC went on: "As well as being a warm, calm and surefooted presence in the studio, Julian also presented the programme from a long list of countries, often finding himself in the middle of some of the biggest news stories we've covered.

"By way of a tribute, this clip features Julian reporting in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the run-up to elections, in Venezuela as the full scale of the economic crisis began to emerge, and in the Central African Republic at the height of the violence between rival militias.

"It begins in Zimbabwe as the 37 year rule of Robert Mugabe had came to and end."

BBC's Maggie Jonas tweeted: "Tribute to my lovely, charming, kind, generous, caring colleague on BBC Newsday, Julian Keane, who will never be forgotten x."

His colleague Jackie Leonard tweeted: "Such sad news. Julian was a brilliant broadcaster and a genuinely lovely man. We will miss him."

A fan wrote: "Very sad, he was my favourite presenter."

Julian leaves behind his wife and three children, who live in France.

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