Veteran BBC news presenter Harry Gration is no longer with us. He passed away at the age of 71. Our hearts go out to the friends and family of one of the greatest broadcasters we have had. Read on to know the cause of his death.
Harry’s wife Helen confirmed the news of his death
The former presenter of BBC Yorkshire’s Look North news programme, Harry Gration passed away at the age of 71. As of now, the cause of death has not been revealed. His wife Helen shared the sad news of his death by writing, “He will forever be with us.”
Gration’s wife further added, “Our three boys and I loved Harry totally. We had an awful lot of fun with him and our home was his life.” The couple shares a pair of twin boys, Harvey and Harrison.
Harry and Helen welcomed their third son in September of 2019 and they decided to name their youngest baby boy Hamilton. At the time, Gration was 68 years old and his better half was 51 years old. The TV presenter had three more kids from his previous marriages.
Tributes pour in for Harry Gration
BBC Yorkshire came forward to pay a heartfelt tribute to Harry on the social media platform Twitter that read, ‘Our much loved friend and colleague Harry Gration died suddenly today. We are absolutely heartbroken to give you this news.’
They further added, ‘Tonight our hearts go out to Harry’s wife Helen, their children and all of Harry’s family and friends.’
Our much loved friend and colleague Harry Gration died suddenly today. We are absolutely heartbroken to give you this news.
— BBC Yorkshire (@BBCLookNorth) June 24, 2022
BBC Director-General Tim Davie joined in for the tributes to Gration. He honored him by tweeting, “Harry Gration MBE was an outstanding broadcaster and commentator. He had a real connection with the public who saw him as one of their own.”
Tim continued, “Loved everywhere, but especially in Yorkshire, he will be hugely missed by his many fans and friends. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.”
Harry’s colleague Stephanie Hirst tweeted, “Absolutely heartbroken to learn of the passing of Harry Gration. We all loved him in Yorkshire, as he was part of the fabric of our lives for decades. I was lucky to know him as a friend & colleague, who was incredibly supportive towards me. All my love to his family & friends.”
Absolutely heartbroken to learn of the passing of Harry Gration.
We all loved him in Yorkshire, as he was part of the fabric of our lives for decades. I was lucky to know him as a friend & colleague, who was incredibly supportive towards me.
All my love to his family & friends. https://t.co/3Bc6DPDZ8l
— Stephanie Hirst (@StephanieHirst) June 24, 2022
When did Harry step into the world of broadcasting?
Gration was born on 22 October 1950 in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England. He was brought up in a back-to-back house in the city. He went to St Peter’s School in York. After a while, he began his teaching career. He spent nearly 5 years as a history teacher.
At first, Harry became a sports commentator on rugby league games which led to a three-month contract with the BBC. He quit teaching and joined BBC Radio Leeds in 1978. He was one of the main anchors for the BBC Yorkshire regional magazine programme Look North.
We send our deepest condolences to the close friends and family of Harry Gration during this hard time. Don’t forget to stay tuned with us for the latest updates from the world.