Chris Needs Biography – Chris Needs Wiki
Chris Needs (born Christopher Needs) was a Welsh radio broadcaster. He was best known as a regular presenter on BBC Radio Wales. He had presented his late-night phone-in show Friendly Garden since 2002.
His radio career started in the early ’90s when he worked for an independent station. He joined the BBC in 1996 as part of a revamp of the schedules and after hosting various daytime slots, he landed his solo late-night gig.
In 2005, he was awarded an MBE by the Queen during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace for his charity work and services to broadcasting. In 1996, he was awarded a Sony Silver Award for best regional presenter.
Chris Needs Age
Chris Needs was born on 12 March 1952, in Cwmafan, Neath Port Talbot, Wales. He died on 26 July 2020. He was 68 years old.
Chris Needs Partner
Chris Needs’ partner was Gabe Cameron.
Chris Needs Death
Chris Needs died on 26 July 2020, at the age of 68, after battling a short illness. BBC Radio Wales confirmed his death in a statement: “It is with enormous sadness and regret that we confirm the death of Chris Needs MBE following a short period of ill health. Through his Friendly Garden, Chris brought pleasure and comfort to thousands of listeners, from all over the world, who treated him like a true friend. The thoughts of everyone at BBC Radio Wales are with Chris’s husband Gabe [Chris Needs partner], his family and his many friends at this time.”
It is with enormous sadness and regret that we confirm the death of Chris Needs MBE following a short period of ill health. Through his Friendly Garden, Chris brought pleasure and comfort to thousands of listeners, from all over the world, who treated him like a true friend. pic.twitter.com/ULOdkgGjRx
— BBC Radio Wales (@BBCRadioWales) July 27, 2020
Radio Wales’s editor Colin Paterson said in a statement: “His contribution to Radio Wales can’t be underestimated, not least in recent months when he has provided comfort and companionship to our listeners. And for almost 20 years, the Friendly Garden has brought people together from across Wales and the world, from every walk of life. The ability to bring people together was one of his many strengths and I know the Garden team, along with all of us at Radio Wales will miss him. But our thoughts today are with Chris’s husband Gabe, his family, and his friends at this incredibly sad time.”
Radio 1 DJ Greg James paid tribute to Needs on Twitter. He tweeted: “Such sad news. Sending all our love from Radio 1. Loved featuring Chris on my show over the years. And it was an honour to have been welcomed into the Friendly Garden. “What goes up a drainpipe down but…no hang on…what goes down a drainpipe up…oh I dunno!””
Rhydian Roberts tweeted: “My best friend in broadcasting Chris Needs has passed away.I spoke to him last week to see how he was doing after his heart attack and he told me he was frightened.That broke my heart. I’m in bits that I never got to see him just one more time alive.He was my everything.”
Chris Needs Cause of Death
Chris Needs’ cause of death was a heart condition, according to BBC Wales.
Chris Needs Net Worth
Chris Needs’ net worth is unclear.