BBC Radio 4 presenter Richard Sanders dies from coronavirus aged 62

BBC Radio 4 presenter Richard Sanders has died, after contracting coronavirus.

The former Farming Today presenter caught Covid-19 in hospital, and sadly passed away aged 62.

Charlotte Smith, the show’s current host, announced the news at the end of this morning’s instalment.

‘We finish this morning with some sad news,’ she told listeners.

‘The former BBC Farming Today presenter Richard Sanders has died at the age of 62, after contracting Covid-19 in hospital.

‘My fellow presenter Anna Hill worked with him for many years, and shares some memories.’

Anna continued: ‘His agricultural knowledge was formidable. He was a really good journalist as well, and very proud of his work on BSE – or Mad Cow Disease. He won an award on the subject.

‘He was never afraid to ask a hard question or hold politicians to account.’

But Richard also had a great sense of humour,’ she said. ‘He tricked us all with an April Fools about milking prairie chickens in the United States. 

‘And he used his razor-sharp wit to deliver a point.’

Richard worked on the Farming Show – aired on weekdays and Saturdays – for more than a decade, starting his stint back in 1988.

The coronavirus death toll has passed 20,000 in the UK, with millions affected around the world.

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