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Last Updated: Friday, 30 June 2006, 12:12 GMT 13:12 UK
Former Look North presenter dies
Brian Baines
Brian Baines died at a hospice in Bradford after a long illness
Former BBC continuity announcer and Look North presenter Brian Baines has died, aged 75, at a Bradford hospice.

Mr Baines was one of Yorkshire's most popular presenters during his time with the regional news programme from 1970 to 1988.

He was renowned for presenting the day's closing down announcement, out of vision, dressed in his biking leathers in readiness for his journey home.

Colleagues paid tribute to his impish sense of humour and professionalism.

The deputy director general of the BBC, Mark Byford, who used to work at Look North, said Mr Baines was "a great colleague and a super professional".

His distinctive deep voice and dry wit made him hugely popular with both his audience and colleagues.

Judith Stamper worked with Mr Baines on Look North during the 1980s and said he was "a real character in every way".

Brian Baines
Mr Baines wore his biking leathers for the last broadcast of the day

"He was a big part of Look North for very many years and it is with great affection that I remember him," she said.

"All the viewers used to love him, especially the little old ladies late at night because people who were on their own really loved Brian Baines in the days when the television finished at midnight and Brian was the last voice for them."

Ken Cooper, who worked as a reporter and presenter with Mr Baines, recalled his routine for the day's final broadcast.

"He read the close-down news absolutely motionless for fear his 'ready-for-home' motorcycling leather would creak," he said. "He was a lovely man."

Former Look North presenter Mike Smartt said Mr Baines was the face and voice of Look North, as well as "one of the nicest and most generous men you could wish to meet".


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