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Obituary: Keating's life on screen
Caron Keating
Caron Keating presented Blue Peter from 1986 until 1990
Caron Keating, who has died aged 41, seemed destined for a career in television, as her mother was presenter Gloria Hunniford and her father was BBC producer Don Keating.

Born in Northern Ireland, it was there that Keating began working as a BBC television presenter.

Her enthusiasm and onscreen presence helped her secure the coveted job of presenting BBC One children's programme Blue Peter in November 1986.

Proving popular with viewers, Keating remained with the show until January 1990, co-presenting with Peter Duncan, Janet Ellis, Mark Curry, Yvette Fielding and John Leslie.


Like all Blue Peter presenters she was required to undertake a number of daring reports, including jumping under freezing waterfalls, diving with sharks and abseiling down cliffs and skyscrapers.

Among Blue Peter's traditionally soberly-dressed presenters, Keating was also remembered for adding a keen sense of 1980s fashion to the show.

Caron Keating and Gloria Hunniford
Keating with her mother, presenter and broadcaster Gloria Hunniford
After Blue Peter she moved to prime time television, working on projects ranging from science show 4th Dimension and Irish drama Finbar's Class, and becoming entertainment correspondent for ITV local news bulletin London Tonight.

Keating took a break from presenting to raise her two sons - Charlie, aged nine, and seven-year-old Gabriel - with her husband Russ Lindsay.

She returned to television in 1996, co-presenting popular ITV show This Morning while regular host Judy Finnigan was on holiday.

Cancer battle

She also hosted the consumer affairs programme We Can Work It Out, magazine show Summer Scene and co-hosted the Five series Open House with her mother.

One of her final projects was hosting the ITV show Rich and Famous, a show which uncovered details of celebrity lives away from the cameras.

Keating spent her last two years in Byron Bay, Australia, although her family home remained in Fowey, Cornwall.

She died at her mother's home in Sevenoaks, Kent, after losing a seven-year battle with breast cancer.



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