BBC reporter Brian Hanrahan has died after a short illness.

Brian Hanrahan had been at the BBC for more than 30 years, most notably covering the Falklands War. He was due to report on the last flight of the Harrier jets, but sent a text to the BBC saying he was not well.

Speaking on the BBC News Channel this morning, BBC World News Editor Jon Williams said “On the morning he sent a text to a colleague saying he was just not well enough. Well he wasn’t well enough because he was in hospital but that’s the measure of the man, he had a hunger, he was 61 years old and he had a hunger to do the story.”

Williams went on to say that Hanrahan was loved by the audience. The news was broken by the BBC this morning, who said that he died aged 61 after a short battle with cancer. Mark Thompson, BBC Director-General, said: “Brian was a journalist of unimpeachable integrity and outstanding judgement, but his personal kindness and humanity also came through. That is why audiences and everyone who knew him here will miss him very much.”

Mark Byford, Deputy Director General and Head of Journalism, also paid tribute to Brian: “Brian Hanrahan was one of the BBC’s greatest journalists, both as a reporter in the field and as a presenter. His work covering the Falklands War produced some of the most memorable war reporting of the last 50 years. His great craft of using words sparingly but powerfully is a lasting memory for me. A beautiful writer, a beautiful man, whose passion for the BBC and for high standards in journalism inspired us all. All Brian’s friends and colleagues across BBC News offer their sympathies to his family today and salute one of the giants of broadcast journalism.”

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