North-East born Gavin Taylor, who made his name directing the landmark 1980s music programme on Tyneside, has died aged 72.
The Tube, presented by Jools Holland and Paula Yates, ran from 1982 to 1987.
Taylor joined Tyne Tees Television as an assistant cameraman and went on to direct music programmes, videos and concerts around the world.
Music historian Chris Phipps remembers a man who was admired by the biggest names in the music industry:
Today marks thirty years since the iconic music show The Tube began.
The show, fronted by Paula Yates and Jools Holland brought the biggest acts of the eighties to the iconic studio 5 in Newcastle.
Often funny and irreverent, the programme was launched in November 1982 from Tyne Tees TV's Studio 5.
The Tube changed pop television forever and made Newcastle the capital of cool during the eighties.
A special evening looking back at the programme will take place at The Sage in Gateshead tonight, hosted by pop historian Chris Phipps.