After a long, and very public, battle with cancer, Radio 4's Nick Clarke died this morning. He really was one of Britain's greatest radio broadcasters. I met him a few times and was always struck by his transparent niceness. There was none of the media bravado so prevalent in many of his colleagues - and he treated his interviewees as people who should be listened to and given an opportunity to speak.
He wrote several excellent books and I well remember him being so thankful to me for stocking them at Politico's. He really was a true gentleman and I shall miss him.