BBC Radio 1 DJ Annie Nightingale, the station's first female presenter, who went on to become its longest-serving host, has died at the age of 83.

She was known for her passion for a wide range of music, championing everything from prog rock and punk to acid house and grime.

Tributes have been flooding in, with DJ Annie Mac saying Nightingale was "a trailblazer, spirited, adventurous, fearless, hilarious, smart, and so good at her job".

Writing on Instagram, she added: "This is the woman who changed the face and sound of British TV and radio broadcasting forever.

The news of Nightingale's death was announced on BBC Radio 1, with presenter Mollie King saying she had "really championed female talent".

"I think I can say I speak for myself and other women in broadcasting when I say we owe her an immense amount of gratitude for everything she has done."

A statement attributed to her family on Friday said she "passed away yesterday at her home in London after a short illness".

They added that a celebration of her life would take place at a memorial service in the spring.

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