Vale Alan Saunders

Staff Writer

Radio National presenter Alan Saunders died unexpectedly this morning after collapsing during preparations for his program yesterday afternoon.

Dr Saunders presented Radio National's 'Philosophers Zone' program and was a contributor to the ABC's 'Delicious' magazine. Dr Saunders joined RN in 1987 and was the founding presenter of 'The Food Program', he also worked as a presenter on By Design and Screen.

He was a highly awarded broadcaster, receiving the Pascall Prize for critical writing and broadcasting in 1992, and the Australasian Association of Philosophy's Special Media Prize in 2007.

Mark Colvin, host of ABC's PM program said on Twitter: "Deeply shocked to hear of the death of Radio National stalwart, philosopher & foodie Alan Saunders. RIP."

ABC managing director Mark Scott also paid tribute to Dr Saunders. "Alan Saunders embodied RN’s commitment to intelligent, specialist broadcasting. A trusted, authoritative voice for so many years. Vale".

ABC's Director of Radio Kate Dundas said; 

“In his 25 years with Radio National, Alan made a substantial contribution to the intellectual discourse in Australia and certainly to the enjoyment of his audiences, he had both a distinctive voice and a distinguished mind – a great combination for a presenter of engaging and thought provoking radio”


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