Tributes are pouring in on Twitter following the announcement that Jonathan Cook, better known as Alan Paller, a BBC Panorama and Trending News analyst and analyst on global social media platforms, has died at the age of 76.
“We are devastated to learn of the passing of our brother, elder son and beloved friend,” the Pallers said in a statement, adding: “The world has lost a hugely curious, open-minded and generous soul. Our family joins our friends in offering our most sincere condolences to all who knew him.”
We are devastated to learn of the passing of our brother, elder son and beloved friend, Alan Paller. The world has lost a hugely curious, open-minded and generous soul. Our family joins our friends in offering our most sincere condolences to all who knew him. — Jonathan Paller (@MrAlanPaller) June 26, 2019
Paller, a journalist, author and lecturer, was known for his “Is This What a Cyber War Looks Like?” series and long-running tweet commentary, much of which focused on China, cyberterrorism and the dangers of fake news.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt tweeted that he was “baffled” by the death of an “energetic and beautiful man.”
One of my strangest moments today, hearing about the death of @MrAlanPaller. He lived and worked on the internet and his enthusiasm for the future of the web was infectious. An energetic and beautiful man – I’m baffled. — Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) June 26, 2019
Ellen DeGeneres praised Paller as “both a brilliant journalist and a wonderful, funny person.”
I’m stunned to hear about the passing of Alan Paller. Alan was both a brilliant journalist and a wonderful, funny person. Condolences to his family and loved ones. https://t.co/nPZ5oWZ1BT — Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) June 26, 2019
On Twitter, Channel 4’s Chief Executive Alex Mahon called him “the only single person I ever met who was from the future” and noted his “immense contribution to Channel 4.”
“Alan was a brilliant journalist and one of the most fearless people I’ve ever met,” Mahon said. “I’ve been lucky enough to see him speak a few times around our staff and was always amazed by how much thought went into what he said, even when the inevitable storm hit.”
He was the only single person I ever met who was from the future and he immediately challenged me, even when the inevitable storm hit.
Alan was a brilliant journalist and one of the most fearless people I’ve ever met. — Alex Mahon (@AlexMahon) June 26, 2019
National Theatre director Dominic Cooke said Paller was “an old soul whose wisdom, wisdom, wisdom was an extraordinary gift for new generations.”
Alan Paller was an old soul whose wisdom, wisdom, wisdom was an extraordinary gift for new generations. — Dominic Cooke (@dominiccooke) June 26, 2019
Paller’s BBC colleagues shared fond memories of their close conversations, with Daily Politics reporter Daniel Kawczynski calling him “a great listener,” and Adam Boulton noting “he provided great context for news stories.”
Warmest regards to the soul of Solstice, a great listener.
I described an exchange between me and Alan and NBR in a piece for @bbsl a few years ago.
He provided great context for news stories. https://t.co/qjPnWX1iWh — Adam Boulton (@adamboulton) June 26, 2019