‘Brilliant’ BBC radio presenter Lisa Shaw dies aged 44 after short illness

‘Brilliant’ BBC radio presenter Lisa Shaw who was ‘wonderful wife and mum’ dies aged 44 after short illness

A ‘brilliant’ BBC radio presenter has died in hospital aged 44 after a short illness, the outlet said on Sunday.

Lisa Shaw’s family said her death had left ‘a Lisa-shaped hole in our lives that will never be filled.’  

Shaw broadcasted every weekday on BBC Radio Newcastle and was described as a ‘brilliant presenter’ by the station’s Acting Executive Editor Rik Martin.  

‘Everyone at the station is devastated and thinking about Lisa’s lovely family,’ Martin said.

‘She was a trusted colleague, a brilliant presenter, a wonderful friend, and a loving wife and mum. She loved being on the radio and was loved by our audiences. We’ve lost someone special who meant a great deal to a great many people.’ 

Chris Burns, the head of BBC Local Radio also paid tribute to ‘talented’ Shaw, who he said ‘had already achieved a lot and would have achieved much more. 

‘She hosted a special programme at Easter broadcast on all 39 of our local stations in England, a fact that reflects the regard she was held in. My thoughts are with Lisa’s family, friends, and colleagues at this terrible time.’ 

Shaw joined BBC Radio Newcastle in 2016 after working in popular stations in the north-east of England including Metro Radio and Heart. 

A ‘brilliant’ BBC radio presenter has died aged 44 after a short illness, the outlet said on Sunday. Lisa Shaw was described as a ‘wonderful wife and mum’ by Rik Martin, Acting Executive Editor at BBC Radio Newcastle

A statement from Ms Shaw’s family, issued by the BBC, said she had ‘touch and enriched so many people’s lives, and made them better just by being in it.’  

‘We are all completely heartbroken, in disbelief, numb, and saddened, that there is a Lisa-shaped hole in our lives that will never, ever be filled,’ they said.

‘We are so grateful for the time that we have had with her, and there are so many happy memories that we will hold dear for the rest of our lives.

‘She was the best wife and mammy, sister, daughter, aunty, friend and colleague that anyone could hope for,’ the statement read.

‘She loved connecting every day with the wonderful people of the North East, and it gives us great comfort to know how many lives she was an integral part of every single day.

‘We’d like to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support we have received at such a difficult time, reinforcing how deeply cherished she was by so many people. We will love and miss her, always.’  

Born in County Durham, Shaw studied at Bournemouth University before embarking on her career in radio. 

As well as Metro Radio and Heart, Shaw had also worked with Century Radio and Real Radio, where she won the Sony Gold Award for breakfast show of the year. 

She broadcast her final show on May 7. 

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