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Saturday, 25 May, 2002, 14:19 GMT 15:19 UK
Tribute to presenter Price
Christopher Price
Christopher Price was a rising star at the BBC
Chart-toppers Liberty X joined family and friends at a memorial service to BBC Choice presenter Christopher Price, who died last month.

The event was held specifically on the day of the Eurovision Song Contest as it was a lifelong ambition of the 34-year-old to front the contest.

Before he was found dead at his London home last month, he had been lined up to host the digital channel's coverage of the annual event.

Former Eurovision contestant Nikki French, actor Adam Rickitt and singer Patti Boulaye were among those performing or reading at the event at Mezzo restaurant in Soho, central London.

Liberty X, who had been championed by Price before his death, performed part of their debut single Thinking It Over.

The group reached number one for the first time last Sunday with the song Just A Little.


He was a brilliant broadcaster as he was very funny, very cutting, very professional.

Chris Moyles
Radio 1 DJ

A video tribute by Kylie Minogue was played, in which the pop singer said: "Once was enough to fall completely in love with him, he was so charming and from that moment onwards I really wanted to see him again.

"He's the kind of guy who you want to have round for tea and I am sure I am not alone in that."

In a message read by BBC Choice Controller Stuart Murphy, BBC Director General Greg Dyke said: "Christopher was a huge talent and an enormous asset to the BBC.

"He was doing great stuff at Liquid News and would undoubtedly have gone on to other great things over the years."
Christopher Price and Claire Sweeney
Price was to present Eurovision coverage with Claire Sweeney

Britain's Eurovision contender this year, Pop Idol contestant Jessica Garlick, sent a recorded video tribute as she prepared to perform in the Estonian capital, Tallinn.

Eurovision winner Johnny Logan, Price's Song for Europe co-presenter Claire Sweeney and members of Atomic Kitten also sent tributes as did Brian Dowling, of Big Brother 2, Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles and Royle Family actor Ralf Little.

The BBC has announced it is dedicating coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest to Price, who hosted entertainment show Liquid News.

Liquid Eurovision on BBC Choice will now be fronted by his friend and colleague, Jenny Eclair.

Irreverent

Price was found dead in his London flat in April as he was due to go on air.

A post mortem examination proved inconclusive, but police are not treating his death as suspicious.

The funeral was held on 8 May and was also attended by a host of celebrities.

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

Liquid News - an irreverent look at entertainment news - was being lined up to become one of the leading programmes on the proposed digital channel BBC Three.

Christopher Price 1967 - 2002


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