Richard Baker, first BBC newsreader, dies aged 93

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Former BBC newsreader Richard Baker has died at the age of 93.

Baker was famous for introducing the first ever BBC News bulletin when it broadcast in July 1954, and fronted a number of other shows.

The news that he has passed away was confirmed by Baker's son James, who confirmed his death this morning (November 17).

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The newsreader first joined the BBC in 1950 as a radio presenter, and continued to present TV bulletins until 1982. He also did work on the Last Night of the Proms and on Radio 2, 3 and 4, as well as voice work in children's' series Mary, Mungo and Midge.

BBC Director General Tony Hall was one of the first to pay tribute to Baker, saying (via BBC News) he was "at the forefront of the creation of the modern news presenter".

He added: "He was a calm and assured presence who became the face of news for millions. Later, he became a great advocate for classical music, presenting many much loved programmes. But more than that, he was quite simply a lovely and charming man.

"Our sympathies are with his many friends and family."

A number of other familiar newsreaders paid their respects to Baker, including ITV's Alastair Stewart, who tweeted: "A giant. Not a 'journalist', but that wasn't the style in his day.

"Burnet, Day, Gall et al came along and changed all that. Richard 'Dickie' Baker was also a master of the arts, especially music about which he wrote beautifully. A true gentleman. #RIP".

The BBC's Simon McCoy added: "Remembering Richard Baker- THE newsreader for a generation of us - and a huge influence on me. #RIP".

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