Robert Sandall, well known as a broadcaster on BBC Radio 3, has died aged 54. He had been battling cancer.

He was co-presenter of Radio 3's long-running "Mixing It" show from 1990 until it ended in 2007. The show featured a deliberately eclectic selection of contemporary music. More recently, he presented some "Late Junction" shows on Radio 3.

Many in the biz knew Sandall from his six-year spell at Virgin Records U.K. until 2002. He worked as director of communications at the label when it had huge success with the Spice Girls, Chemical Brothers, Massive Attack, Placebo and the Verve.

Sandall was also an established music writer who worked for the Sunday Times and Q magazine, as well as working as a presenter on VH1.

"Robert's musical knowledge was encyclopaedic and he was a fine wordsmith, but his erudition was couched in a relaxed and genial presentation style," said a Radio 3 statement.

He died July 20.