BBC Radio 4 presenter Richard Sanders dies, aged 62, of coronavirus – The Sun

A FORMER BBC Radio 4 presenter has died aged 62 after catching coronavirus in hospital.

Richard Sanders's death was announced today on the Farming Today programme.

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His former colleague Charlotte Smith said: "We finish this morning with some sad news. The former BBC Farming Today presenter Richard Sanders has died at the age of 62 after contracting COVID-19 in hospital."

And another presenter, Anna Hill, added: "He was a really good journalist and very proud of his work on BSE or Mad Cow Disease.

"He won an award for a programme on the subject.

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

Mr Sanders worked on the programme for more than a decade from 1988.

It comes as coronavirus deaths in the UK today passed the government's best-case scenario of up to 20,000 victims after 711 more people died in England.

The grim milestone was given back in March as a benchmark for Britain "doing very well" in the pandemic.

The number means 18,084 people have now died in England from Covid-19 – and pushes the UK deaths to 20,217.

The official UK figures will be released later today by the Department of Health.

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