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Tuesday, 9 October, 2001, 14:22 GMT 15:22 UK
Radio 4 newsreader loses cancer fight
Laurie Macmillan
Laurie joined the BBC in 1973
The BBC announcer and newsreader Laurie Macmillan has died at the age of 53 after a fight against cancer.

After more than 30 years at the corporation she became one of the best known voices on Radio 4.

After graduating from Newcastle University with a degree in politics and psychology, Ms Macmillan's first role at the BBC in 1968 was as a trainee programme operations assistant.

She became a studio manager in 1973 and joined Radio 4 as an announcer in 1975.

Her colleagues say she fought a courageous battle against cancer but died on Monday morning.

Leading the tributes was Helen Boaden, controller of Radio 4, who said: "Laurie epitomised the very best of Radio 4.

"She had tremendous personal and professional integrity. Without a hint of piety, she set herself the highest standards.

"She was a passionate believer that spoken English should be clear, direct and unpretentious and her skilled and subtle technique on air was always to this end.

"She was a wonderful colleague - witty and perceptive. Many of the voices we hear now on Radio 4 have benefited enormously from Laurie's astute mentoring and generosity".

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