Nicholas Parsons: ‘Broadcasting legend’ dies at 96

Mark Wood

Nicholas Parsons, a broadcasting legend, has died at the age of 96 after a short illness, his agent has said.

Parsons was spending time with his family when he passed on Tuesday morning. He was the host of the TV and radio panel show “Just a Minute”. BBC Radio 4 “Just A Minute” is a long-running and successful panel game where guests are required to speak for a minute on a topic without hesitation, repetition or deviation.

Nicholas Parsons

An announcement gave by his agent Jean Diamond, from his family, stated: “Nicholas died in the initial hours of the 28th of January after a short sickness at 96 years old.

He also said that he had been with his family who would miss him enormously and who wished to thank the excellent staff at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

A life in broadcasting

He was born in Lincolnshire. He got his education in London and started his profession as an actor, appearing in West End shows. Later he became a comedian in the late 1960s. 

He attended his Benny Hill Show regularly. In 2018, he made headlines when he missed an episode of “Just A Minute” show. It was his first absence in fifty years. 

Nicholas Parsons

Parsons performed his last program on 23rd September last year. 

Nicholas Parsons was a real expert on the stage, airwaves, and screen with a profession that spanned more than half a century. He was known for his TV quiz Sale Of The Century and his role in “Just A Minute”.

For his outstanding contribution to broadcasting, BPG (Broadcasting Press Guild) awarded him in 2019. 

Tony Hall, Director-General of BBC said that very fewer people had done so much to entertain viewers over the decades. Nicholas Parsons deserved a broadcasting legend. His inventive intellect, charm, and ability to create laughs were unique. 

Controller of BBC Radio 4, Mohit Bakay, said that Nicholas Parsons had been one of the greats, an icon in the world of British comedy and a first-class broadcaster.

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