Magenta Devine, TV presenter and music journalist, has died


Magenta Devine, the British TV presenter, journalist and music promoter, has died at the age of 61.

Devine, whose real name was Kim Taylor, died after a short illness for which she was undergoing treatment at a central London hospital.

Having started her television career in 1986 as a presenter of BBC pop music show Juice, Devine went on to host a series of popular youth programmes such as Channel 4’s music and current affairs programme Network 7.

Devine was in touch with the youth during her time in the media and, on numerous occasions, interviewed a number of popular culture figures such as Johnny Rotten and Boy George, pioneering a style of presenting that would feel more accessible to youth.

In a statement, her family described her as “a talented writer and stylish on-screen presence who was greatly admired by her many friends and colleagues for her creativity and wit”.

Sankha Guha, who worked with Devine on the Rough Guide series, said she was “an icon for a generation… who invited attention and sometimes hostility for her bold look and style”.

“She used her public persona to tell stories about the world that mattered to her and inspired a whole generation to travel with a sense of adventure and an open mind,” he added.