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The BBC may find themselves in hot water after WRONGLY announcing the death of BBC Radio 2 Broadcaster, Brian Matthew.

The 88-year old is believed to be critically ill, but is very much alive, however that didn’t stop the BBC from announcing his death without fully fact-checking the story.

The corporations breaking news twitter account posted at 12:10pm: “BBC Radio 2 broadcaster Brian Matthew, best known for hosting Sounds of the 60s, has died aged 88, station announces”

However later followed that up with an apology for the error, stating: “BBC Radio 2 broadcaster Brian Matthew is not dead but critically ill, station clarifies after announcing his death”

Later, the BBC released a statement correcting their misdirection, explaining:

“BBC Radio 2 broadcaster Brian Matthew is critically ill, the station has clarified after initially announcing his death. 

“The BBC had originally been informed by a member of Matthew’s family that he had died.” 

A spokesman for the corporation said: “We were informed by close family and friends that Brian had passed away in the night.

“They have since been in contact to say that he remains critically ill.”

The statement added: “We will update with more information when we have it. Our thoughts remain with his family at this very difficult time.”

The news from the BBC made its way across other media outlets, prompting The Guardian to post a story on the Radio host, leading with “Brian Matthew, former host of Sounds of the 60s, dies aged 88”

The Guardian

Brian Matthew hosted Sound of the 60’s on BBC Radio two for 27 years, before being replaced by Tony Blackburn due to illness.

Obituaries for the well-loved host have flooded in within the past hour as the news of his ‘death’ spreads around the country. However The Guardian have retracted their, as many others will now too after it was revealed he is still alive.

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