Richard Baker (broadcaster)

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Richard Baker

Richard Douglas James Baker[1]

(1925-06-15)15 June 1925
Died17 November 2018(2018-11-17) (aged 93)
Oxford, England
OccupationBroadcaster for BBC News
Years active1954–2007
Margaret Martin
(m. 1961; his death 2018)
Parent(s)Albert Baker
Jane Isobel Baker (née Baxter)

Richard Douglas James Baker OBE RD (15 June 1925 – 17 November 2018) was an English broadcaster. He was best known as a newsreader for BBC News from 1954 to 1982. He was the first reader of the BBC Television News (in voiceover) in 1954.[2]

Baker made cameo appearances in three episodes (30, 33 and 39) of Monty Python's Flying Circus and in the 1977 Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show. He also narrated Mary, Mungo and Midge (1969).

Baker died on 18 November 2018, at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, aged 93.[3]

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  1. Supplement to the London Gazette, 12 June 1976. Retrieved 17 November 2018
  2. Thumim, Janet (16 December 2004), Inventing television culture, Oxford: OUP, ISBN 9780198742234
  3. "Former BBC News Presenter Richard Baker dies at 93 • News". 17 November 2018. Retrieved 17 November 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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