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Friday, 26 April, 2002, 10:13 GMT 11:13 UK
BBC showbiz presenter dies
Christopher Price
Christopher Price: BBC journalist all his working life
The BBC television presenter Christopher Price has been found dead at his London home.

Price, who was 34, was the regular frontman of showbiz bulletin Liquid News, shown nightly on digital channel BBC Choice and also on BBC One.

Price started his career as a journalist in BBC local radio, moving to Radio Five Live and News 24 before joining BBC Choice.

Police are investigating the cause but said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with his death.


The BBC was grooming him for great things

Nick Higham, BBC media correspondent

Price was found collapsed at his home at 1645 BST on Monday.

He was confirmed dead at the scene less than two hours later.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said a post-mortem examination would be held. They are currently awaiting the result.

"As with all sudden deaths, police are investigating but I can confirm we are not looking for anyone else at this stage," he added.

Liquid News was being lined up to become one of the leading programmes on the proposed digital channel BBC Three, which would have seen Price's profile raised considerably.

Price hit the headlines early in 2001 when he signed a 280,000 two-year contract for presenting Liquid News.


You couldn't ask for a better friend

Robert Nisbet, BBC entertainment correspondent

The show takes an irreverent look at the day's events in the world of entertainment, with daily guests including celebrities, comedians, journalists and industry figures.

Last month he presented the UK's Song for Europe show with former Brookside actress Claire Sweeney.

'Great loss'

BBC media correspondent Nick Higham said Price described himself as an "unlikely overnight success".

"In his own words, he said he was fat, bald and homosexual but he was perfect for Liquid News," he said.

"He was witty, caustic and camp by turns, and the BBC was grooming him for great things.

"It is a great loss. He will be extraordinarily difficult to replace."

Christopher Price
Christopher Price: "A unique broadcaster"

BBC entertainment correspondent Robert Nisbet, Price's former colleague, said he was devastated to hear the news of his death.

The pair first met in 1994 when Radio Five Live was launched.

He said: "I can hardly believe it. Not only was he a brilliant journalist and presenter, but he was my best friend. You couldn't ask for a better friend.

"I last spoke to him on Friday. I don't know what happened. The police are still investigating. I am lost for words.

"He was immensely talented, very sharp, very witty and made a very difficult programme look very easy indeed."


In a short space of time, he established himself as a strong, individual voice

Lorraine Heggessey, controller, BBC One

The Guardian's media correspondent Matt Wells said the presenter was a "rising star".

"He had a particular ability to speak to a younger generation of viewers in a way that was not patronising but funny, informative and witty - and with journalistic integrity.

"And he had that special X-factor great broadcasters have."

Stuart Murphy, the controller of BBC Choice, said Price was a unique broadcaster with enormous passion and extraordinary potential.

"His tragic death comes as a complete shock and will sadden everyone who knew him," he added.

"His acerbic wit and boundless cheek made him an absolute pleasure to watch, and an entertaining friend to many, both in front of and behind the camera. "

Lorraine Heggessey, controller of BBC One said she was "terribly sad".

"He clearly had a bright future ahead of him and in a short space of time had established himself as a strong individual voice," she said.

Roger Mosey, the head of BBC Television News, added that Price was "highly talented".

"We will miss his journalism as well as his wit, and he was a sparky and entertaining colleague as well as a much-loved presenter on screen," said Mosey.

Tuesday night's Liquid News on BBC Choice will be replaced by a tribute to the presenter, to be broadcast at 2000 BST.

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