Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education



Front Page

World

UK

UK Politics

Business

Sci/Tech

Health

Education

Sport

Entertainment

Talking Point

In Depth

On Air

Archive
Feedback
Low Graphics
Help

Sunday, April 4, 1999 Published at 03:08 GMT 04:08 UK


UK

Veteran newsman Gardner dies

Andrew Gardner: "A great professional"

Veteran ITN newsreader Andrew Gardner has died from a heart attack.

The 66-year-old collapsed and died on board an aircraft on the way to Madeira for an Easter break.

ITN confirmed on Saturday that Mr Gardner, who presented the first News at Ten on 3 July 1967, died on Friday.

Last week, he accepted an award, along with Sir Alistair Burnett, for News at Ten's contribution to television news from the Broadcast Press Guild.

Mr Gardner, of Benenden, near Cranbrook in Kent, leaves behind his wife, Margaret, and four sons, Mark, Adrian, Maxwell and Adam.

Paying tribute to him, Stewart Purvis, chief executive of ITN, said: "All of us who worked with Andrew at ITN are shocked by his death because only a week ago he appeared to be in good health.

"Andrew was one of Britain's most popular newscasters for three decades on ITN then on Thames News.

"Many will remember him most for his partnership on News at Ten with Reginald Bosanquet.

"He was a great News at Ten loyalist and especially asked if he could be in the control room at ITN to watch the very last edition go out.

"He told me how much it meant to him.

"Andrew was a great professional and one of the nicest people who ever worked in the stressful world of television news."

A news 'ambassador'

Newsreader Trevor McDonald said: "Andrew Gardner was the voice of News at Ten's authority and the custodian of its values.

"But he also kept us entertained with a fund of stories about the programme's early days.

"He never lost his enthusiasm for what News at Ten became and no programme could have had a better ambassador."

Mr Gardner started his journalistic career in 1957 when he joined the Central African Federation in Rhodesia.

He returned to the UK with his wife in 1961 and started working as a freelance journalist for the BBC before joining Independent Television News on programmes Roving Report and Dateline.

He spent more then 10 years as the anchorman of News at Ten before moving on to Thames News on Thames Television.

  • His death comes just weeks after News at Ten finished its 32-year run and soon after the death of his former ITN colleague Jeremy Hands.



    Advanced options | Search tips




    Back to top | BBC News Home | BBC Homepage | ©


  • UK Contents

    Northern Ireland
    Scotland
    Wales
    England

    Relevant Stories

    05 Mar 99 | Entertainment
    Final bong for News at Ten





    Internet Links


    ITN


    The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.




    In this section

    Next steps for peace

    Blairs' surprise over baby

    Bowled over by Lord's

    Beef row 'compromise' under fire

    Hamilton 'would sell mother'

    Industry misses new trains target

    From Sport
    Quins fightback shocks Cardiff

    From Business
    Vodafone takeover battle heats up

    IRA ceasefire challenge rejected

    Thousands celebrate Asian culture

    From Sport
    Christie could get two-year ban

    From Entertainment
    Colleagues remember Compo

    Mother pleads for baby's return

    Toys withdrawn in E.coli health scare

    From Health
    Nurses role set to expand

    Israeli PM's plane in accident

    More lottery cash for grassroots

    Pro-lifers plan shock launch

    Double killer gets life

    From Health
    Cold 'cure' comes one step closer

    From UK Politics
    Straw on trial over jury reform

    Tatchell calls for rights probe into Mugabe

    Ex-spy stays out in the cold

    From UK Politics
    Blair warns Livingstone

    From Health
    Smear equipment `misses cancers'

    From Entertainment
    Boyzone star gets in Christmas spirit

    Fake bubbly warning

    Murder jury hears dead girl's diary

    From UK Politics
    Germ warfare fiasco revealed

    Blair babe triggers tabloid frenzy

    Tourists shot by mistake

    A new look for News Online