BBC host and sister Keith Chegwin pass away at 66 due to short illness

LEGENDARY BBC Radio TV host and former Top of the Pops host Janice Long passed away on Christmas Day at the age of 66 after a short illness.


Agent Nigel Forsyth confirmed the sad news in a statement detailing that she suffered a “brief illness” before passing away with her family.

The exact cause of death of the radio star is still unknown.


Janice, Keith Chegwin’s sister, married Paul Berry in 2017, but lived together for many years and gave birth to two children: Blue, 25, and Fred, 33.

Her husband said, “I’ve lost the love of my life, and I’m going to spend the rest of it on half a person. She has had her back to me since the day we met, you could not ask for more love and devotion. from his wife. “


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  • Tribute to Carol Vorderman Janice

    TV presenter Carol Vorderman tweeted, “Rest In Music is a lovely flamboyant pioneer Janice Long. Janice is a huge star in our close-knit @BBCRadioWales family.

    “As a woman in the industry, I truly admired her as the first woman to host a daily show on Radio One @ BBCR1. To be honest, we are in a state of distrust. “

  • Adele Roberts thanks Janice

    BBC Radio DJ Adele Roberts was among the personalities of the music and radio world to pay tribute.

    Roberts applauded Long for paving the way for women leaders like herself, saying, “Rest in peace, Janice Long.

    “Thank you for everything you have done to inspire others and open doors to prosperity for other women and radio hosts.”

  • Janice’s husband writes a touching tribute

    Ardent obeisances were given to radio DJ and Top of the Pops resident host Janice Long, now 66 years old.

    Her husband, Paul Berry, said: “I have lost the love of my life and am going to spend the rest of her life on half a man.

    “She has been my back since the day we met, it is impossible to demand more love and devotion from a wife.”

  • Performing Arts Patron

    During her career, Janice has served as a judge for the Mercury Music Prize.

    She was also a patron of the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts, founded by Sir Paul McCartney.

    Janice Long was awarded the BASCA Gold Badge for Outstanding Contribution to Music and received an honorary doctorate from Edge Hill University in 2018.

  • Janice has been the face of Greatest Hits Radio since 2017.

    Since 2017, she has hosted an evening show on BBC Radio Wales and has also performed on Radio’s Greatest Hits Saturday afternoon slot.

    She was also one of the early supporters of future stars such as The Smiths, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Primal Scream, Adele, Amy MacDonald, and Winehouse.

    Janice Long has been awarded the Basca Gold Badge for her outstanding contribution to the music of the Ivors Academy.

  • ‘She told me never to settle for anything less’

    Janice’s son Fred said: “She was not only a mom to me, but a whole group of my friends whom she took upon herself and took care of, and I will never forget everything she did for me.

    “She inspired me to be who I want and advised me to never settle for less.”

  • Janice has appeared on many television shows.

    The Liverpool-born presenter was best known for her roles on BBC radio, although she initially trained as a flight attendant.

    Janice has also appeared on Countdown, The X Factor and The Weakest Link, and voiced BBC Three’s Desperate Midwives.

  • Tribute to Clint Boone by Janice Long

    British musician, DJ and radio host Clint Boone has described Janice Long as one of the “most handsome people in the industry.”

    Taking a tribute to his Twitter account, he also said, “It has always been an absolute privilege and honor to be in her company.”

  • Tim Burgess praises Janice Long

    Joy Division and New Order’s Peter Hook and The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess also shared tributes.

    Hook said that she was “always a great friend and a great supporter of our music,” and added: “She was a wonderful woman and it was a pleasure to be around her. TEAR.”

    Charlatans’ Burgess praised Long for supporting young groups.

    He said on Twitter, “Janice Long has been a supporter and mentor of many groups.

    “Listening to our tapes on her show has always been the greatest thrill – her enthusiasm and love shone. One of a kind. Enjoy your trip, we will miss you.

  • Janice’s husband writes a touching tribute

    Ardent obeisances were given to radio DJ and Top of the Pops resident host Janice Long, now 66 years old.

    Her husband, Paul Berry, said: “I have lost the love of my life and am going to spend the rest of her life on half a man.

    “She has been my back since the day we met, it is impossible to demand more love and devotion from a wife.”

  • Agent Janice Nick’s statement

    In a statement to Ina, Janice Long’s agent Nigel Forsyth said: “Janice was a wonderful, warm-hearted person and an exceptional TV presenter.

    “She told a brilliant story and always made me laugh with her sharp mind. She will leave behind her husband Paul and the two children she believed to be the world.

    “Janice fell in love with the BBC and began her career as an assistant at BBC Radio Merseyside in 1979 to complete with the great people on BBC Radio Wales.

    “Janice wanted to know that she is so grateful to the NHS and everyone who took care of her there.”

  • Agent statement

    Janice’s agent Nigel Forsyth said in a statement: “Janice was a wonderful, warm-hearted person and an exceptional TV presenter.

    “She told a brilliant story and always made me laugh with her sharp mind. She will leave behind her husband Paul and the two children she believed to be the world.

    “Janice fell in love with the BBC and began her career as an assistant at BBC Radio Merseyside in 1979 to complete with the great people on BBC Radio Wales.

    “Janice wanted to know that she is so grateful to the NHS and everyone who took care of her there.”

  • When they married? (Continuation…)

    Paul and Janice first met in 1987, ten years after she married her first husband, Trevor Long, from whom she took her professional name.

    Janice and Trevor divorced in 1982.

    Despite the relationship spanning three decades, Janice and Paul didn’t decide to legitimize it until 2017, when they finally tied the knot.

    The couple remained together until her death.

  • Who was Janice Long’s husband Paul Berry?

    Liverpool TV host Janice Long died at home this Christmas 2021 surrounded by her family, including her longtime partner Paul.

    Her death came just four years after her brother and fellow artist Kevin Chegvin passed away.

    After Janice died, her husband Paul said: “I have lost the love of my life and am going to spend the rest of her life on half a man. She supported me from the day we met, it is impossible to ask more love and devotion from my wife. “

    Little is known about Paul other than his relationship with Janice, as he kept a low profile.

  • Greatest Hits Radio spokesperson saddened

    A spokesperson for Greatest Hits Radio, where Janice worked, said: “We are incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of Janice Long.

    “Throughout her illustrious career, Janice has played a significant role and contributed to radio broadcasting, and has recently become an integral part of the Greatest Hits Radio group.

    “She was one of a kind, and all of us and her dear listeners will miss her very much. At the moment, we express our deepest condolences to her family and loved ones. “

  • Janice was one of the “most beautiful people in the industry.”

    British musician, DJ and radio host Clint Boone has described Janice Long as one of the “most handsome people in the industry.”

    On his Twitter to write a tribute, he also said that: “Being in her company has always been an absolute privilege and honor.”

  • Performing Arts Patron

    During her career, Janice has served as a judge for the Mercury Music Prize.

    She was also a patron of the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts, founded by Sir Paul McCartney.

    Janice Long was awarded the BASCA Gold Badge for Outstanding Contribution to Music and received an honorary doctorate from Edge Hill University in 2018.

  • Host of the Live Aid charity concert.

    Janice Long represented Top of the Pops for five years and became the first woman to do so.

    She even had an overnight slot on Radio 2.

    Along with this, she was also one of the main hosts of the Live Aid benefit concert in 1985.

  • The face of Greatest Hits Radio

    Since 2017, she has hosted an evening show on BBC Radio Wales and has also performed on Radio’s Greatest Hits Saturday afternoon slot.

    She was also one of the early supporters of future stars such as The Smiths, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Primal Scream, Adele, Amy MacDonald, and Winehouse.

    Janice Long has been awarded the Basca Gold Badge for her outstanding contribution to the music of the Ivors Academy.

  • Adele Roberts thanks Janice

    BBC Radio DJ Adele Roberts was among the personalities of the music and radio world to pay tribute.

    Roberts applauded Long for paving the way for women leaders like herself, saying, “Rest in peace, Janice Long.

    “Thank you for everything you have done to inspire others and open doors to prosperity for other women and radio hosts.”

  • Janice’s short-term illness

    The exact cause of Janice’s death is currently unknown, but her loved ones have confirmed that her death followed a “short illness.”

    It was reported that her death was sudden and caused particular shock, despite the fact that her condition seemed to be improving.

  • Her last post

    Janice posted the last post on social media shortly after being hospitalized while battling pneumonia.

    She told her followers, “Good morning, peace from my hospital bed in Liverpool.”

  • ‘Janice Long was a real maverick’

    This is a comment from Dylan Jones, former editor of GQ.

    When my friend, famous DJ Janice Long, died earlier this week at age 66 after a short illness, the social media platform was filled with people eager to express their love for her.

    We loved Janice Long.

    Everyone from pop legend Paul Weller, New Order’s Peter Hook and Charlatans’ Tim Burgess to DJs Greg James, Ken Bruce and Jeremy Vine took to Instagram to express their sadness and respect for Janice.

    Because they knew what many of us knew: that she was a real individualist.

    Read the full comment here.

  • Tribute from the music world

    Fans and music industry representatives around the world continue to pay tribute.

    Comedian Les Dennis said he “will miss our conversations,” adding that Miss Long was “a brilliant and innovative talent.”

    Merseyside-based group The Coral said, “She treated us very well and, like the best TV presenters, talking to her was always as easy as talking to a friend. Rest in peace, Janice. “

  • Janice passed away on Christmas weekend

    Former Top of The Pops host and BBC radio host Janice Long passed away on Christmas Day at the age of 66 after a short illness.

    Agent Nigel Forsyth confirmed the sad news in a statement detailing that she suffered a “brief illness” before passing away with her family.

    Fans and music industry representatives around the world continue to pay tribute.

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