ABC radio personality Alan Saunders dies
ABC radio personality Alan Saunders.
The ABC’s Radio National has lost one of its most accomplished long-term presenters with the death of Alan Saunders, aged 58.
The respected veteran fell ill while working on his regular program The Philosopher’s Zone in Sydney yesterday, the network said in a statement.
He was taken to hospital but died this morning surrounded by colleagues and friends.
‘‘In his 25 years with Radio National, Alan made a substantial contribution to the intellectual discourse in Australia and certainly to the enjoyment of his audiences,’’ ABC Director Radio Kate Dundas said.
Saunders received the Pascall Prize for Critical Writing and Broadcasting in 1992 and the Australasian Association of Philosophy’s Special Media Prize in 2007.
‘‘Alan embodied Radio National’s commitment to intelligent, specialist broadcasting,’’ said ABC Managing Director Mark Scott.
‘‘He was a trusted, authoritative voice for so many years.’’
Acting station manager Amanda Armstrong said Saunders ‘‘wrote like an angel, and had a deep knowledge of music among many other areas including philosophy, gastronomy, architecture, design and film’’.