07/10/2022

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Bill Turnbull

Bill Turnbull

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Bill Turnbull Biography

Bill Turnbull was a media personality serving as the host of weekend mornings on Classic FM from 10 am. He also presented Pet Classics, the world’s first radio show for pets. In addition, he was a former BBC Breakfast host and news journalist. At the age of 66, he passed away on August 31, 2022, in Suffolk following a battle with prostate cancer.

Bill Turnbull Age

Turnbull was 66 years old at the time of his death. He was born on January 25, 1956, in Guildford, United Kingdom.

Bill Turnbull Height

He was 5 feet 7 inches tall (1.73m).

Bill Turnbull Nationality

He was British by nationality.

Bill Turnbull Education

Bill was educated at Eton and, while studying politics at Edinburgh University for a term, shared a flat with the future prime minister Gordon Brown. After editing the student newspaper, he abandoned his degree but was determined to go into journalism. So he trained at the Cardiff University Centre for Journalism Studies, where he “discovered the joys of radio” and graduated in 1978.

Bill Turnbull Parents

Turnbull was born in Guildford, Surrey, to William, a barrister of Scottish descent who worked in the City of London, and Honor Fiona (nee Wicks), a teacher. He was the youngest of four siblings.

Bill Turnbull Wife

Turnbull married Sarah McCombie in March 1988 in the London Borough of Hackney. At the time of Turnbull’s demise, the couple had three children, Henry (born October 1988), Will (born October 1989), and Flora (born August 1991).

Turnbull and his wife previously lived in Buckinghamshire but relocated to Rainow, Cheshire, in 2012, following the move of BBC Breakfast to Salford. Subsequently, he moved to Suffolk.

His daughter Flora is an English and drama teacher.

Bill Turnbull Classic FM

Former breakfast TV host and news journalist Bill joined Classic FM in 2016. After 15 years as a much-loved breakfast television presenter, Bill said he couldn’t be happier to be working at a more “civilized” hour.

The host of weekend mornings on Classic FM from 10 am, Bill also presented Pet Classics, the world’s first radio show for pets, featuring soothing music and practical advice on the busiest nights of the year for fireworks.

Bill hosted BBC Breakfast for 15 years, in both London and later Salford, and also fronted Songs of Praise and the game show Think Tank. After leaving the BBC in 2016, he joined Classic FM and continued presenting shows on the network until recently.

Bill was a contestant in the third series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2005, finishing sixth out of 12 contestants. In January 2008, he appeared on Celebrity Mastermind. His specialist subject was beekeeping. And in 2012, he appeared in Professor Green’s music video for Remedy.

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He was a fan of Wycombe Wanderers football club where he commentated on home games for online listeners. His hobbies included beekeeping, chickens, and dancing.

He also enjoyed long-distance running, having competed in the London Marathon on a number of occasions, and the Great North Run on 5 October 2008.

Bill Turnbull Tribute

Bill’s family has shared an emotional tribute to a man described as “a wonderful husband and father to his three children”.

Former BBC Breakfast host Bill died peacefully in the presence of his family in Suffolk on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, a spokesperson for the family said. Bill was 66 years old.

He had been diagnosed with prostate cancer back in 2018, making his “challenging” fight with the disease public the following year. He was hailed as “resolutely positive”, and an advocate for prostate cancer awareness. A man of “warmth” and “humor”, his family described his “generosity” for “those around him”.

In a statement, his family paid tribute to a “devoted” and “wonderful” man who will be keenly missed. The statement read: “Bill was diagnosed in 2017 and has had outstanding medical care from the Royal Marsden and Ipswich Hospitals, St Elizabeth Hospice, and his GP.

“He was resolutely positive and was hugely buoyed by the support he received from friends, colleagues, and messages from people wishing him luck.

“It was a great comfort to Bill that so many more men are now testing earlier for this disease.

“Bill will be remembered by many as a remarkable broadcaster who brought warmth and humor into people’s homes on BBC Breakfast and Classic FM.

“He was also a devoted Wycombe Wanderers fan and an ever-aspiring beekeeper.

“Bill was a wonderful husband and father to his three children; his family and friends will miss how he always made them laugh, and the generosity and love he shared with those around him.”

Susanna Reid, who worked extensively with Bill, was one of the first to pen a heartfelt tribute to the late presenter.

The Good Morning Britain host wrote on Twitter: “Bill was the kindest, funniest, most generous man in the business.

“I feel lucky to have worked with him and he taught me everything.

“But above all, he was devoted to his family and I am heartbroken for them.

“RIP Bill. We will miss you so much.”

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