Former BBC Radio Lancashire presenter and television host Jim Bowen has died at the age of 80.
Jim spent a number of years on his local BBC radio station in Lancashire, hosting the Happy Daft Farm mid-morning show from 1999 to 2002. His wife confirmed the sad news of his death to the station today (Wednesday).
Jim was also a stand-up comedian and school headmaster before becoming a household name hosting Bullseye from 1981 for 14 years.
He resigned from BBC Radio Lancashire against his will, after getting in trouble for making a racist remark on air. He returned in 2007 and 2009 as a special guest on different programmes. He also hosted a mid-morning show on 106.6 Indigo FM in Cumbria in 2009.
On 27 August 2012, Jim reunited with co-presenter Sally Naden for a one-off show at BBC Radio Lancashire. His real name was James Whittaker.
Some sad news… The former comedian, TV and Radio Lancashire presenter Jim Bowen has died aged 80. pic.twitter.com/LuW0UFPr2w
— BBC Lancashire (@BBCLancashire) March 14, 2018
RIP Jim Bowen. Great guy
— Jim Davidson (@JimDOfficial) March 14, 2018
— Absolute 80s (@Absolute80s) March 14, 2018
NO NO not Jim Bowen as well . Part of my childhood has gone . RIP to the best game show host and a lovely man pic.twitter.com/ZPlB8V1M40
— James Martin (@jamesmartinchef) March 14, 2018
RIP Jim Bowen! Thank you mate for the great #bullseye days we had so much fun. Super Magic Great!
— Bobby George (@BobbyGeorge180) March 14, 2018
GOD: So. I believe you know how the universe came into being…?
GOD: OK. (beat) Can you explain it to me?
HAWKING: Well. There are infinite alternative universes.
JIM BOWEN: In other words, look what you could have won.
GOD: Oh fuck off.
— David Baddiel (@Baddiel) March 14, 2018
Jim Bowen RIP great comic we worked together many times had a lot of laughs together. Jim & Ken Dodd sad time for the entertainment industry pic.twitter.com/1tW1XRZvxn
— Frank Bruno MBE (@frankbrunoboxer) March 14, 2018