A "BRILLIANT" man and popular radio broadcaster who worked at the BBC for more than 30 years has died.

Dom Busby, who worked at BBC Radio Sussex, BBC Sport and BBC Radio 5 Live, has died following a short illness.

Tributes to the 53-year-old poured in from across social media, with many praising his positive nature, generosity and kindness.

BBC radio sports news editor Colin Patterson described him as a man who "loved sport" and who had "the perfect job" to match his passion.

He said: "Dom was a great broadcaster and a brilliant man.

"He loved sport and radio so had the perfect job.

"You could hear the excitement in his voice when he was reading the sports news on air.

"He had a long and successful career at the BBC - 30 years at many of our local radio stations, and for the past 10 of those years he also worked for BBC Sport.

"He will be much missed by his colleagues and listeners to BBC radio. Our thoughts are with his family at this terrible time."

Busby started his BBC career at BBC Radio York and executive editor Martyn Weston paid tribute to the "proud Yorkshireman".

He said: "He started his career here in 1988 and has been part of our radio family ever since.

"His energy in the newsroom and his passion for radio were infectious.

"We will be forever grateful for his unique talents, his special voice, and the connection he had with listeners".