Radio 1’s Greg James hailed for ‘masterful’ speech on grief after Queen’s death

Radio 1 DJ Greg James has been hailed for his "compassionate" speech during his morning show following the tragic death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Many listeners have praised Greg for his "honest" show, with the host explaining how society in the UK can often struggle to talk about grief and death.

Producer of the show, Dino Sofos, took to Twitter to show appreciation for Greg's work, he wrote: "I never understood why pop stations had to switch to playing the national anthem and crusty obit tapes. Almost as if the presenters can’t be trusted."

Dino played a short clip of the show from this morning. He continued: "Radio is about authenticity and connecting with your audience, as @gregjames is masterfully demonstrating this morning."

Greg responded to the tweet with a love heart and said that the good work had been thanks to a "huge team effort".

Whilst on air Greg spoke about how many might be feeling at this current time, he eloquently said: "Death is a thing we all find very difficult to talk about. When I was watching the news last night you're immediately reminded of a personal bereavement and that is upsetting – it's an upsetting thing. So, whatever you're feeling today, it's okay to feel those ways."

"And also huge respect to everybody who's messaging in who's having to go into work and be normal and do the thing that you do every day."

Greg then added that the Radio 1 station will be there for anyone that "needs normality" and that audiences can continue to seek comfort through "familiar voices".

TV critic Scott Bryan, was one of many who applauded the Radio 1 host. He Tweeted: "Greg James has hit the note perfectly on Radio 1. Reflecting the listeners thoughts as much as broadcasting his own."

Another listener wrote: "The BBC really is brilliant. Great presenting by Huw Edwards yesterday in extremely difficult circumstances and now @gregjames in the first regular show since the news broke is running things so well on Radio 1."

One fan of the show went on: "Greg James is proving why he is the best presenter of his generation this morning. Reflecting the mood without dictating it, sombre without being mawkish."

A third hailed the presenter: "Greg James is probably the most natural radio broadcaster I can remember. His show isn’t really my thing, but he understands exactly who his audience are and why they listen to him."


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