Former BBC regional news presenter Harry Gration died at the age of 71.
His broadcaster became an institution in Yorkshire after leading the BBC’s Look North Program in a career spanning more than 40 years between 1982 and 2020.
BBC director Tim Davie said Grasion was “loved everywhere, especially in Yorkshire.”
He added: “Harry Graytion MBE was an excellent broadcaster and commentator.
“He had a real connection with the masses who regarded him as one of them.
“He will be greatly missed by many fans and friends. Our idea is in his family during this difficult time.”
Jason Horton, acting director of BBC England, described Gration as “one of the true greats of the broadcast world.”
“He was natural on TV and radio and was loved by our audience, especially as the trusted face of Look North and South Today,” he added.
“He loved news, sports, colleagues, and fundraising for comic relief with children in need. Our idea was his family, his friends, and he worked with him. It’s in everyone in the BBC as a whole. “
Born in Bradford, Grasion joined the BBC in 1978 and Look North in 1982 after working as a history teacher, but left for the spells working at the BBC South Today in the 1990s.
He covered nine Olympics at the BBC and won two Royal Television Society (RTS) awards for his sports documentary. White Rose In Africa in 1992 and Dickie Bird: ARare Species in 1997.
And he won the RTS Best Presenter Award twice.
He became an MBE for broadcast services in 2013.
After it was announced that he would leave the BBC in 2020, Grasion said: thing.
“I’ve always lived that story. The devastating news of Jo Cox’s death, the recent tragic floods, the Bradford riots, Hillsboro and other horrific events have always affected me. They have always been assaults on my county.
“A prominent moment involves raising over £ 800,000 in tandem, pushing the couch and being tied to a pole. Three challenges that my body will never forget.”
In 2019, Grasion became a father again at the age of 68, and his wife Helen gave birth to her sixth child.