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msim551 posts since 29 Sep 2003
Very sad, helped me through many an all nighter in my student days.


The News 24 countdown, that awkward half second pause before the World headline bed began, the titles, the opening shot and that deeply professional newsreader voice saying "And this is BBC News, I'm Alistair Yates" as tractor cam trundled in the background.

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Bob Paisley434 posts since 9 Aug 2005
London London
Very sad news. Not a huge star by any means, but I imagine he had quite a following around the world. For many he would no doubt have been the very epitome of the classic, well spoken, warm, BBC newsreader.
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harshy5,819 posts since 24 Mar 2001
Very sad news, he had a distinctive very clear voice with pitch perfect delivery, mastered over many a year, you can see why he worked for many a broadcaster.
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TristanO2 posts since 18 Jul 2018 new member
BBC World
Really sad news - my first exposure to him was through DW-TV's broadcasts on public television here in America.

He was an old-school broadcaster, which the world today is in dire short supply of.
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Woodpecker218 posts since 19 Jan 2018
Central (West) Midlands Today
Terrible news. My utmost condolences to his family. And along with many others, I would agree that his delivery was impeccable - in my mind, he was what you would call 'a proper newsreader'. Worth noting that he also did a lot for charity - after retiring as a newsreader, he became the head of a charity for people with ADHD.
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