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article imageNewsreader Kenneth Kendall has died

By Tim Sandle     Dec 14, 2012 in Entertainment
Former BBC newsreader, of both television and radio, and presenter of the show 'Treasure Hunt', Kenneth Kendall has died at the age of 88.
According to the BBC, Kenneth Kendall suffered a stroke a few weeks ago and died peacefully on December 14.
Kenneth Kendall worked for many years as a newsreader for the BBC (he was a contemporary of fellow newsreaders Richard Baker and Robert Dougall). He was also he host of a popular Channel 4 game show called 'Treasure Hunt', which ran between 1982 and 1989.
The Daily Telegraph notes that Kendall was born in India, where his father worked, and was brought up in Cornwall. He began working for the BBC in the the late 1940s. The Guardian reports that Kendall has a unique place in British television history for in 1955 Kendall had the distinction of becoming the first person to appear on British television reading the news. Prior to this, only the news reader's voice had been heard by viewers.
In addition to his work as a presenter and as a journalist, the Independent recalls, Kendall also worked as an actor. He appeared in the Doctor Who serial 'The War Machines' and had a cameo role as a newsreader in Kubrick's masterpiece '2001: A Space Odyssey'.
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