Sir David Attenborough voted UK's favourite TV presenter of all time
Sir David Attenborough has been voted Britain’s top TV presenter of all time.
The ‘Wild Isles’ star, 96, beat off competition from several other household names in the world of broadcasting, including the late Sir Terry Wogan and the late Sir Bruce Forsyth, in a new poll.
David clinched victory after securing 28 per cent of the vote in the Perspectus Global-conducted survey, while the ‘Wogan’ host - who passed away aged 77 in 2016 - finished second, and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and ‘Generation Game' presenter Bruce, who died in 2017 aged 89, was third.
Trailing behind them are Graham Norton, 59, and the ex ‘Channel 4 News’ anchor Jon Snow, 75, in fourth and fifth place respectively.
The late Cilla Black - who hosted ‘Blind Date’, and died in 2016 aged 72 - and ‘The Traitors’ presenter Claudia Winkleman, 51, ranked sixth and seventh.
‘I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!’ duo Ant and Dec were eighth, after landing a record 21 National Television Awards for their presenting, and the top 10 was rounded off by Les Dawson - who died aged 62 in 1993 - and ‘8 Out of Ten Cats Does Countdown’ frontman Jimmy Carr, 50.
Recently, David revealed it was because of “internal BBC politics” why he ended up mostly documenting wildlife abroad rather than in the UK.
He said: “Well, yes, and it’s just internal BBC politics. I joined in 1952, and television was restricted to London only. Bristol had a Natural History Unit on the radio but it didn’t have television.
“So we had a great meeting and they said, ‘Look here, you’re doing natural history and I think we should come to some agreement on this, because when television comes here we want to do natural history television. Tell you what, we’ll do British natural history, and you can do all this stuff in Africa.’
“And I said, ‘That suits me down to the ground,’ so this is a great ambition fulfilled.”