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Veteran BBC World Service presenter dies at 57

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BBC World Service presenter Julian Keane has died aged 57 after a lengthy illness.Keane was a well-known voice on the global radio station for more than quarter of a century, featuring on the French Service, Europe Today, The World Today and The Newsroom.He had presented the channel's Newsday programme since its launch in 2012.The programme's producers described him as a "warm, calm and surefooted presence in the studio.""Julian also presented the programme from a long list of countries, often finding himself in the middle of some of the biggest news stories we've covered," they said in a tribute package.
The piece hears Julian reporting in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the run-up to elections and in Venezuela as the full scale of the economic crisis began to emerge, as well as in the Central African Republic at the height of the violence between rival militias.Fellow broadcaster Joe Lynam called Keane "one of the best voices you will ever hear on the World Service and one of the nicest guys you will ever meet in your life."
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RIP Julian Keane - One of the best voices you will ever hear on @bbcworldservice and one of the nicest guys you will ever meet in your life. He was a huge influence on me when I joined the BBC. We’ll miss you buddy pic.twitter.com/Xy8wQe7zcy— Joe Lynam (@JoeBLynam) October 30, 2019
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Another presenter Shaima Akhalil added: "I'll miss waving and pulling faces at him on my way to the studio. I'll miss him smiling back."
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It’s very hard to know what say... I presented my first ever Newsday program with Julian. He was so warm,calm and supportive. I’ll miss waving and pulling faces at him on my way to the studio. I’ll miss him smiling back. I’ll miss listening to his voice... https://t.co/cRvGJgD86w— shaimaa khalil BBC (@Shaimaakhalil) October 30, 2019
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More of his colleagues have paid tributes to the broadcaster on Twitter.
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Take a moment to listen to the work of the BBC's Julian Keane. A wonderful presenter with a kind heart. Rest in peace, Julian. https://t.co/eKpvMdH25r— Celia Hatton (@celiahatton) October 30, 2019
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Such sad news. Julian was a brilliant broadcaster and a genuinely lovely man. We will miss him.[/img]
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This is such sad news: Julian was one of the best to listen to - that warm, smooth, effortless delivery (while actually putting in a lot of effort!) - and such a lovely bloke to work with. Listen here to just a slice of what he brought to @bbcworldservice https://t.co/kPL25oDrVi— Ben James (@BenJourno) October 30, 2019
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