Radio presenter and musician Big George Webley dies

Known to Madness fans as the bassist on The Madness’ version of 4BF, radio presenter and musician “Big George” Webley passed away this past week.


George Webley, the presenter of the weekday overnight programme on BBC London 94.9, has died aged 53.

Big George, as he was known, had presented the show for the past five years. He won a gold Sony Award in 2002 for best music presenter and was formerly with BBC Three Counties Radio.

He died in the early hours of Saturday, his family said.

He also had a long career as a musician and composed TV theme tunes, including Have I Got News For You.

The cause of death is not known at this stage, the BBC said.

Big George was also a band leader, performer and composer.

BBC London 94.9 Editor David Robey said: “Big George lived up to his name in every sense, a larger than life character with a radio personality to match.

“He was a truly distinctive broadcaster who will be terribly missed by his many devoted listeners and his colleagues at BBC London 94.9.”

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