To the end . . .

Former BBC newsreader Richard Baker introduced the first BBC TV news bulletin broadcast in July 1954. In a long and distinguished career he seemed at the forefront of how presenting the news evolved over many decades. In later years Mr Baker carved out a career on radio, and also as presenter of the Last Night of the Proms.

But it seems he didn’t really, fully, ever retire. On moving to a retirement home, he found a way of integrating that enabled him to settle into his new life: after reading the daily newspapers, he would then cut out the interesting headlines and in his very own version of the Six O’clock News, read them aloud to his fellow residents over supper.

Playing to this now smallish audience might have been very different to the millions who’d watched and listened to him previously, but I read that their appreciation of Richard Baker’s talents was most certainly not diminished.

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