There was the news…

On this morning’s show we remembered someone who was, for people over a certain age, something of a national treasure, who passed away yesterday at the age of 88. Kenneth Kendall was one of the BBC’s stalwart TV newsreaders long before the days of 24/7 news, being – in  fact – the very first newsreader to appear in vision on BBC television, way back in 1955. As well as that, he also made a cameo appearance in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey – playing a newsreader; he was also in the Doctor Who serial The War Machines. But perhaps he’ll be most fondly remembered for his authoritative yet warm style as presenter of Channel 4’s gameshow Treasure Hunt, in which he and the studio-based contestants sent Anneka Rice around the country in a helicopter searching for clues to the treasure.

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