Tributes have been paid to BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Radio Foyle presenter Gerry Anderson, who has passed away after a long illness. He was 69.

BBC Director General Tony Hall described Anderson as a "distinctive and iconic voice in radio in Northern Ireland and beyond".

"That he was inducted into the UK Radio Academy Hall of Fame speaks volumes of how special and unique a broadcaster and personality he was," he added.

Director of BBC Northern Ireland Peter Johnston said: "This is a day of great sadness for everyone at Radio Foyle, Radio Ulster and BBC Northern Ireland, and of course our thoughts are with Gerry's wife and family."

He continued: "Gerry was a man of great wit and mischief, but he also brought great wisdom and insight to what he did.

"Of course, he'll be sadly missed by all of us, but also by all his loyal listeners, for whom he often brought light on dark days over the decades."

He added: "I had the great pleasure of being in London on the occasion when Gerry was awarded the Hall of Fame for the UK Radio Academy, which just demonstrated what a true legend of the industry he was, a really significant figure.

"I think in Gerry's case - it's often said lightly but in his case truly - I don't think we'll ever see his like again."