Monday, April 26, 1999 Published at 18:54 GMT 19:54 UK
BBC mourns Jill Dando
"Everybody who knew Jill at the BBC is devastated. She was a much loved colleague. But we're conscious not just of our own great sorrow but also the sorrow of all of Jill's viewers.
She was one of the nation's sweethearts. She was the girl next door. She had a sweet, natural elegance to her. The nation will feel the loss of a friend.
"She was an unusually modest person for our industry and she mucked in and was a normal member of the team. Sorrow will be felt inside the BBC as well as outside."
"We're trying to make some sort of sense, of what you frankly, can't make any sense of whatsoever.
She really did touch an enormous, vital chord with people, not just in the newsroom in here, but out there in the country as well. As we try to come to terms with this horror that's what we must remember about her.
She treated people with enormous respect. She empathised with people. It was that essential humanity was what I think really made her so great with the British public.
Alan Yentob, BBC Director of Television
It was very important to Jill that she was a professional who covered lots of jobs. She loved doing the news, but nobody can quite remember who did the Holiday programme before Jill.
Bob Wheaton, former editor and partner for seven years.
Jill deserved to reach the peaks, in her professional and private life. A new programme and, later in the year marriage. She wasn't far from the pinnacles of either.
That she was robbed of it all at this time makes it all the worse. All the more senseless. Such beauty and such grace had no right to be extinguished by so brutal an act.
The world is a poorer place, and those who mourn Jill know that once again, without warning, a light has gone out."
"I am finding it very difficult to talk about Jill in the past tense. We were colleagues, but we were friends as well. People say treacly things in these situations, but the truth is that everybody got on with Jill. She was just a generous, open, friendly person - there was no side to her at all. She was charming to everyone, everything you could wish for in a colleague or a friend."
BBC Jennie Bond, Court Correspondent
She was a very happy person and never happier than in recent months, when she had met her fiancé and was making plans to get married."
Nicholas Witchell, BBC Diplomatic Correspondent
This is a huge loss, not only to her family and friends, but to the industry as a whole."
"I am totally stunned and shattered by this devastating news. Jill was a lovely person, a dear friend and I am fortunate to have had the privilege and pleasure of working with her."
"Jill Dando was a fine and vibrant person who was much loved by the audience and her colleagues alike. She will be greatly missed. We extend all our condolences and sympathies to her family and friends."
John Lilley, Managing Editor of BBC Radio Devon, who gave Jill Dando her first radio job.
Suresh Charda who runs Krish's newsagent's at Television Centre