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Tributes paid after death of former radio executive Paul Chantler

Tributes have been paid to radio executive Paul Chantler, who has died aged 64.

He began his career at Tunbridge Wells Hospital Radio and was a familiar voice and figure throughout the region having worked at stations including Invicta, the BBC and Southern Sound.

Major radio industry figure Paul Chantler has died
Major radio industry figure Paul Chantler has died

According to Radio Today, in the months before his death he had moved to Eastbourne seeking a change of life.

Paul’s colleagues and friends from across the industry have shared their shock at his passing.

Gerry Edwards, his Podcast Radio colleague and friend, wrote: “Paul’s zest for exploring new and bold ideas transformed the landscape of radio in the UK and afar.

“He has left an indelible mark on the entire broadcasting industry. He will be profoundly missed, whilst his visionary legacy will continue to inspire.”

The radio executive and author had recently been diagnosed with liver cancer.

Radio industry 'giant' Paul Chantler has died
Radio industry 'giant' Paul Chantler has died

He died at Eastbourne General Hospital this afternoon after having been admitted last week due to breathing difficulties.

Working in radio across four decades, Paul Chantler became one of radio’s most respected and well-liked characters.

Tributes have come from near and far, including from his Essential Media Law book co-author Paul Hollins, who wrote: “Deeply saddened to share the news that my friend Paul Chantler has passed away after a short illness.

“Rest easy Paul and thanks for everything.”

Jason Bryant, from Nation, shared a post online honouring the executive, saying: “Paul was a brilliant programmer, good friend and formidable lunch date.

Paul Chantler was a major player in the UK radio industry
Paul Chantler was a major player in the UK radio industry

“Though he loved the high life, best restaurants and travelling the world, Paul understood what the mass market wanted from their radio stations.

“Throughout his career, in music, news and talk, Paul had many successes.

“He loved creating great radio, coaching on-air talent and helped so many people to reach their potential.

“Paul, you leave a great legacy – I will miss you, our chats and our lunches and I have no doubt the next part of your journey will be in First Class.”

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