Here are a range of tributes paid to Brian Hanrahan following his death.
“Writing for television news is about what you leave out. It’s about crisp, spare, tight sentences that nudge along the picture and that is what Brian was brilliant at. He knew his subject, made no fuss about it and was also, perhaps unusually in this business, a thoroughly decent bloke.”
Mark Austin; ITV News
“Many people of my generation were inspired to report by Brian’s ‘counted them all out’ dispatches. Then, years later, if we were lucky, we would meet the man himself and find a deeply courteous and gentle colleague. With his presenting he showed his versatility and vast range of knowledge. If you needed two words to sum up the BBC, they would be Brian Hanrahan.”
Jeremy Vine; Panorama
“I worked with Brian on a number of occasions, from the first Gulf War to general elections to the funeral of Princess Diana. What was excellent about him was that he was a tough reporter with a clear, crisp style – but he also had a lyrical streak. He did the most moving commentary on the progress of Princess Diana’s funeral cortege and I thought, I wish I could have found those words.”
David Dimbleby; Journalist and Broadcaster