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    Peter Hobday RIP

    Peter Hobday, long-serving presenter of the Today programme whose amiable style endeared him to listeners – obituary

    Peter Hobday: 'Out in listener land, they like his jokes, they like him, they even like his frequent bulletins on the health of his camellias'

    TELEGRAPH - 20 JANUARY 2020 • 8:52PM

    Peter Hobday, who has died aged 82, was unceremoniously sacked from Radio 4’s Today programme in 1996, having presented the network’s flagship current affairs programme for 14 years and become one of its longest-serving anchormen.

    The reason – not that he was ever given one – for the abrupt non-renewal of his contract seems to have been that the amiable-sounding Hobday refused to behave like an attack dog on air. Hobday himself was wounded by his dismissal, but remained philosophical. “A fat, middle-aged hack like me,” he noted ruefully, “didn’t really square with the mean, lean interview machine. [I] wasn’t invasive and I didn’t feel the need to scream and shout.”

    Even so, later in life he felt proud of have been part of such a successful programme....

    Note: The complete obituary is available only to subscribers.
    Last edited by Maurice; 20th January 2020, 10:16 PM.