Champion of local music

Radio Sheffield's Jane Kitson.
Radio Sheffield's Jane Kitson.

Tributes have been paid to BBC Radio Sheffield presenter and champion of the city’s music scene Jane Kitson who has died aged 46 from a suspected heart attack.

Born in Mexborough she grew up in Tinsley and went to Park House School before going on to university. She later worked at Red Tape Studios and music was her great passion. She is particularly remembered for presenting the ROTT youth access programme on Radio Sheffield and giving many local bands their first on-air break. But she worked in many other fields and as a producer and also helped train many young broadcasters as a lecturer in media studies at Sheffield Hallam University.

In 2006 she collapsed alone at home and by the time she was discovered needed to have a leg amputated. She lived in a nursing home after a second episode in 2009 left her with a paralysed arm and unable to speak.

Her funeral will take place on Monday at 2.15pm at Rotherham Crematorium.