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In Pictures: BBC Newsreaders

Richard Baker

Richard Baker introduced the UK's first news television broadcast from Alexandra Palace in north London at 7.30pm on 5 July 1954 - but viewers could not see him because presenters did not appear on screen at that time.

Robert Dougall

Robert Dougall was a familiar face on BBC News in the 1960s and 1970s, having previously worked in radio for the old BBC Empire Service. He died in 1999 aged 86.

Kenneth Kendall

Kenneth Kendall was also one of the first BBC newsreaders. He began as a radio announcer in 1948 before moving to TV in 1954. He left the BBC in 1981 and became well known again for hosting Channel 4's Treasure Hunt.

Angela Rippon

Angela Rippon became Britain's first female newsreader on national TV and made her first television appearance for BBC Plymouth on 5 September 1966. She famously danced on the Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show in 1977.

Richard Whitmore

Richard Whitmore joined the BBC in 1964 and became anchorman for the Nine O'Clock News in 1973. He left the BBC after 25 years to become an actor - one of his roles was Captain Hook in a musical version of Peter Pan in Stevenage.

Fiona Bruce

Fiona Bruce began her BBC career on Panorama and had stints on Breakfast and the Six O'Clock News before taking over from her late friend Jill Dando on Crimewatch UK. She also presents the Ten O'Clock News on Fridays and weekends.

Jill Dando

Jill Dando presented Breakfast News, the Six O'Clock News and Crimewatch UK, along with light entertainment shows such as Holiday. She was shot dead outside her London home in 1999.

Anna Ford

Anna Ford - who currently presents the One O'Clock News - arrived at the BBC in the 1970s, fronting shows such as Tomorrow's World. Before joining the BBC, she was the staff tutor in Social Studies at the Open University in Northern Ireland.

Huw Edwards

Huw Edwards became the anchor of the Ten O'Clock News after Michael Buerk retired from the programme in 2002. Edwards famously disappeared from screens in 2000 mid-broadcast after a BBC power cut.

Moira Stuart

In over 20 years of television, Moira Stuart has presented numerous news programmes, including News After Noon, the 5.40 News, the Nine O'Clock News and the Six O'Clock News. She was the first black female national television newsreader.

Sue Lawley with Tony Blair during Desert Island Discs in 1996

Sue Lawley (seen here with Tony Blair) joined the BBC as a researcher in 1970 and went on to present the Nine O'Clock and the Six O'Clock News. She is now well known as the presenter of Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, a job she has been doing since 1988.




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