Tributes paid to Sheffield radio star

Jane Kitson, pictured in 2002.
Jane Kitson, pictured in 2002.
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Friends and colleagues have remembered a ‘vibrant’ radio star and champion of Sheffield’s music scene.

BBC Radio Sheffield presenter Jane Kitson – who had worked in broadcasting since she was a teenager – died on Sunday from a suspected heart attack. The 46-year-old had a leg amputated after collapsing at home in 2006.

She lived in a nursing home after a second episode in 2009 left her with a paralysed arm and unable to speak.

Kate Linderholme, a BBC Radio Sheffield journalist, said: “I’ve known Jane a long time – she was a very good friend.

“She was a great person to have on a production team when you were broadcasting,

“I was introduced to so many bands by Jane and we went to many gigs together.

“After her accident I found it hard to go and see music.

“Her dad told a lovely story about when she was a girl watching Top of the Pops and he would pretend to be the musician while she interviewed him – she always knew what she wanted to do.

“A lot of bands have been in touch to say they got their first airplay thanks to Jane.”

Mexborough-born Jane was also a lecturer in media studies at Sheffield Hallam University.

Her mum Margaret, aged 71, of Tinsley, said: “She was a wonderful daughter and great sister.

“She helped a lot of people – she will be missed greatly.”

Many tributes to Jane have been posted online.

Sheffield singer Natalie Johnson Tweeted: “Sad news that Jane Kitson has passed.

“Gave our band MTSU our first ever radio play, thanks Jane.”

Michele West said: “I remember when I first met Jane in Trippets, I was totally in awe.

“I remember saying in the taxi how rare it was to meet someone so vibrant and clever and funny who made you feel like you were the same.”

Jane’s funeral will take place on Monday, January 27, at 2.15pm at Rotherham Crematorium.