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Christopher Nicholas Price[1] (21 September 1967 - 22 April 2002) was the original host of British celebrity news show Liquid News.


Early life and career

Price was adopted shortly after his birth by a couple in Norfolk. In his early days he attended Worth Abbey - a Roman Catholic boarding school in Sussex. After school he studied Italian at Reading University. However, he left university with the desire to become a journalist - he enrolled into the BBC reporter training scheme in 1991. Once completed he pursued his desire and in 1993 he became a reporter on Radio Berkshire - soon to move to Radio Solent. In March 1994 he joined BBC Radio 5 Live to eventually become a Senior Broadcast Journalist. He sometimes stood in for Sybil Ruscoe, and occasionally presented Up All Night. He joined BBC News when it was launched in September 1997 and presented a mixture of news, fashion, and entertainment in a 10.30pm slot. However, after nine months he was called to the office of a senior colleague and told that he was too camp to read the news.[2] He and the producer Chris Wilson put together a nightly entertainment news discussion programme called Zero 30. After Stuart Murphy said that he enjoyed the programme he was persuaded to take it to digital television channel BBC Choice where it became Liquid News on 30 May 2000. In early 2001 he hit the headlines when he signed a £280,000 two-year contract for presenting Liquid News. At the time, Christopher himself was quoted as jokingly saying that he didn't understand why people would want to watch a programme presented by a "fat, balding, homosexual". In 2002, he co-hosted BBC One's A Song For Europe competition to choose the UK entry into the Eurovision Song Contest. He had previously hosted BBC Three shows relating to the contest, including the preview programmes. He had been scheduled to host BBC Three's coverage of the 2002 contest before his death.


Towards the end of April 2002 he was off work for a week with an acute ear infection. On 22 April 2002 he failed to turn up for work and his close friends Robert Nisbet and Stephanie West went to his flat in Wells Street, off Oxford Street, in central London and found Price dead. Forensic pathologist Dr. Nicholas Hunt told the coroner's court on 19 June 2002 that Price had died of meningoencephalitis - a condition that had probably spread from his ear infection.


  1. ^ Deaths England and Wales 1984-2006
  2. ^ Giltz, Michael (5 February 2002), "Beyond QAF: from news to sitcoms, out gays & lesbians are making their mark all over British TV" ( – Scholar search), The Advocate,, retrieved 2008-09-12  

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