Katy Jones, executive producer for BBC Learning and a factual producer and journalist whose television work spanned 25 years, has passed away suddenly at the age of 51.
The Manchester Evening News reported yesterday (April 27) that Jones died from a brain hemorrhage.
Jones, part of the BBC Learning team since 2011, was most recently working on the “Ten Pieces” initiative, designed to introduce children to classical music. The project incorporated a feature film, a website and, according to a blog posted by Jones last year, is to “culminate in a major celebration in the summer of 2015.”
In a statement, BBC Learning head Sinead Rocks said: “We are deeply saddened and shocked at the death of our friend and colleague Katy Jones.
“Katy was a hugely talented program-maker and journalist; well known and respected across the industry. She was passionate about education and learning and her enthusiasm, energy and determination knew no bounds.”
Jones began her television career with a stint on Granada’s investigative current affairs series World in Action. Her work over the course of her career garnered more than 80 international awards and nominations, including eight BAFTAs.
She served as factual producer for the acclaimed television docudrama Hillsborough (1996), which revisited the 1989 tragedy that ultimately saw 96 football fans killed, crushed to death during an F.A. Cup match. Her work in investigating the event led to her joining the Hillsborough Independent Panel in 2010, which led to the overturning of the original inquest findings and the creation of new inquests.
Jones is survived by her husband Mike Spencer and two children.