Heartbreaking moment BBC presenter fights back tears as he announces death of 'special' colleague Lisa Shaw, 44, on air

THIS is the heartbreaking moment a BBC presenter fights back tears as he announces the death of colleague Lisa Shaw on air.

Alfie Joey revealed the tragic death of his 44-year-old friend, who died after a short illness in hospital.

He told BBC Radio Newcastle listeners yesterday it was news he didn't want to have to break.

The presenter described Lisa as "kind, calm, full of life" and a "very special person".

He voice cracked as he paid tribute to the mum, saying: "We are so sorry and we are so saddened to share with you that our beautiful friend and lovely college Lisa Shaw has died from a very short ilness at the age of only 44.

"Lisa, as you know, was genuine, warm, kind calm, and full of life.

"She was a wife she was a mam, a very special person. She meant a lot to a lot of people, including us. Everyone here is absolutely gutted."

He then played Thank You for Being a Friend by Andrew Gold, after paying tribute to his late colleague.


Yesterday Lisa's devastated family told of their heartbreak, saying "there is a Lisa-shaped hole in our lives that will never be filled".

She was a daytime presenter for BBC Radio Newcastle, broadcasting daily.

The mum joined the station in 2016, after working in commercial radio in the North East – with stints at Metro Radio and Heart.

BBC Radio Newcastle's acting executive editor Rik 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."

The BBC issued a statement from Ms Shaw's family describing her as an "amazing person", adding: "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.

"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.

"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."

Lisa grew up in County Durham and studied at Bournemouth University. She also won the Sony Gold Award for breakfast show of the year.

Chris Burns, head of BBC Local Radio, said: "Lisa was a talented presenter who had already achieved a lot and would have achieved much more."

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