Veteran BBC news presenter Harry Gration dies ‘suddenly’ aged 71: Corporation pays tribute to ‘outstanding’ Bradford-born Look North broadcaster
Veteran BBC news presenter Harry Gration has died ‘suddenly’ aged 71.
Mr Gration, the former presenter of BBC Yorkshire’s Look North news programme, joined the corporation in 1978 and Look North in 1982, and stood down from the role in 2020.
He was awarded an MBE in 2019, and has won two Royal Television Society awards for sports documentaries. He also won the RTS Best Presenter award on two occasions.
His wife Helen Gration, 53, paid tribute to her husband: ‘He will forever be with us.’
The couple welcomed their third child, Harrison in 2019, when he was 68 and she was 50.
‘Our three boys and I loved Harry totally. We had an awful lot of fun with him and our home was his life.’
Veteran BBC news presenter Harry Gration has died ‘suddenly’ aged 71. Pictured in 2019 with his MBE from the Prince of Wales
The couple used an egg donor and had to travel to Cyprus for the IVF treatment because UK law prohibits IVF being provided for women of Mrs Gration’s age.
The child’s birth comes after trolls sent the TV host messages in June saying the couple would be too old to look after their new child.
Mr Gration responded to those claims at the time by saying: ‘You do get some people on social media who have negative things to say but I am taking it all on the chin.’
BBC’s director general Tim Davie paid tribute to the late presenter: ‘Harry Gration MBE was an outstanding broadcaster and commentator.
‘He had a real connection with the public who saw him as one of their own. Loved everywhere, but especially in Yorkshire, he will be hugely missed by his many fans and friends. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.’
Amy Garcia of BBC Yorkshire fought back tears as she announced the sudden death of Mr Gration live on air this evening.
She told viewers live from Wakefield: ‘As we close the programme tonight I have some very sad news to share with you all. Our much loved friend and colleague Harry Gration very suddenly died today.
‘We all at Look North are absolutely devastated to give you this news. Next week we will take our time to pay tribute to Harry properly, that’s what he deserves.
‘But tonight our hearts go out to Harry’s wife Helen, their children, and all of Harry’s friends, we know they will want to pay tribute to him as well.’