Richard Baker (broadcaster)

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Richard Baker OBE (born 15 June 1925, Willesden, North London) is a British broadcaster best known as a newsreader for the BBC News from 1954 to 1982. He was a contemporary of Kenneth Kendall and Robert Dougall and was the first person to read the BBC Television News (in voiceover) in 1954. At one time he lived in Barnet, North London. He and his wife Margaret have two sons; Andrew, a sports columnist at the Daily Telegraph and James, a senior executive at Sky TV.

Early life and education

The son of a plasterer, Baker was educated at the former Kilburn Grammar School and at Peterhouse at the University of Cambridge. After graduation, he was an actor at Birmingham Rep and a teacher at Wilson's School, Camberwell. He served in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve during World War II and was awarded the Royal Naval Reserve decoration.

Broadcasting career

He started at the BBC as an announcer and he also presented many classical music programmes on both television and radio, including for many years the annual live broadcast from the Last Night of the Proms, and made cameo appearances in episodes 30 and 33 of Monty Python's Flying Circus. He also narrated...... ...
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