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Sunrise Radio founder Avtar Lit passes away

The founder of Sunrise Radio Avtar Lit has passed away, the station has confirmed today.

A statement released by Sunrise Radio said, “On behalf of the Lit family, it is with deep sorrow that we inform you of the passing of the radio and broadcasting pioneer Avtar Singh Lit.”

Avtar launched Sunrise Radio in 1989, the first 24-hour independent commercial Asian radio station. Lit also was also director of Jeo Radio. In 2013, Avtar Lit was honoured with a roll of honour in 2013.

The statement continued, “Avtar entered broadcasting to give the British Asian community a voice, which he indisputably achieved and far more. We are incredibly proud of his legacy which has given much joy and opportunity to so many.”

Avtar aged 73, is survived by his mother, five children, Surjit (51), Tony (50), Bobby (49), Serena (24), and Robbie (19), and his five grandchildren. He was a much-beloved son, father, and grandfather.

The statement added, “As a family, we kindly request privacy at this difficult time.” expresses its condolences to the Lit family during this difficult time.