Veteran BBC broadcaster Walter Love dies aged 88 after broadcasting career spanning 77 years, including the popular Love in the Afternoon show

  • The long-serving BBC Ulster presenter died on Friday morning

Veteran broadcaster Walter Love has died aged 88 after a 77-year career.

The BBC Northern Ireland radio personality, who presented programs including the popular Love in the Afternoon and Radio Ulster’s Day By Day, died on Friday morning, his family said.

His last show, Jazz Club with Walter Love, was broadcast for the last time in 2023.

Mr Love’s relatives described him as ‘dearly loved’ after confirming he had died at a nursing home after a short illness, the BBC reported.

Mr Love began his long career as a BBC radio freelance contributor in the 1950s.

Veteran BBC broadcaster Walter Love died on Friday morning at the age of 88, his family confirmed

Veteran BBC broadcaster Walter Love died on Friday morning at the age of 88, his family confirmed

Mr Love presented programs including Love in the Afternoon and Day By Day for BBC Northern Ireland over his 77-year career

Mr Love presented programs including Love in the Afternoon and Day By Day for BBC Northern Ireland over his 77-year career

Pictured: Mr Love at BBC Belfast.  The long-serving broadcaster received an MBE for services to journalism

Pictured: Mr Love at BBC Belfast. The long-serving broadcaster was awarded an MBE for services to journalism

He then took a job as a studio manager in London, before becoming a TV news anchor in Belfast.

He joined Radio Ulster in 1978, where he also presented the Sunday program Love Forty, and was awarded an MBE in 1997 for services to journalism.

The director of BBC Northern Ireland, Adam Smyth, described Mr Love as having a ‘tinge of mischief’ while being ‘brilliant, friendly and cheerful’.

He also paid tribute to the long-time broadcaster’s ‘incredible’ on-air performance, as well as his ‘melodious voice’ and ‘encyclopedic’ knowledge of music.