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Tributes to Dame Deborah James

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As colleagues and friends, we are all heartbroken at Radio 5 Live. Our deepest condolences are with her family. Dame Deborah James inspired a national conversation with You, Me and the Big C that has impacted millions of people. She was a naturally talented broadcaster, so funny, with a blunt honesty. She had the most incredible energy, a magnetism that drew you towards her. The messages from her listeners show the incredibly special connection she made. We were privileged to have her share so much with us all. Deb – and the legacy she leaves behind – will forever be a treasured part of our station.”

BBC Radio 5 Live Controller, Heidi Dawson

“This is incredibly sad news. Dame Deborah James was a true inspiration. We’re so proud to have worked with her at the BBC. The way she talked about, and faced up to her cancer, moved the nation, inspired change and undoubtedly saved lives. Our deepest sympathies are with her family, friends, followers and her 5 Live family.”

BBC Director-General, Tim Davie