Richard Baker (broadcaster)

Richard Baker

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Presenting BBC News in 1982
Richard Douglas James Baker[1]

(1925-06-15)15 June 1925
Died17 November 2018(2018-11-17) (aged 93)
Oxford, England
OccupationBroadcaster (BBC News)
Years active1954–2007
Margaret Martin
(m. 1961; his death 2018)
Parent(s)Albert Baker
Jane Isobel Baker (née Baxter)

Richard Douglas James Baker OBE RD (15 June 1925 – 17 November 2018) was an English broadcaster, best known as a newsreader for BBC News from 1954 to 1982, and as a radio presenter of classical music. He was a contemporary of Kenneth Kendall and Robert Dougall and was the first reader of the BBC Television News (in voiceover) in 1954.[2]

Early life

The eldest son of a plasterer, Baker was born in Willesden, North London, and educated at Kilburn Grammar School and at Peterhouse, Cambridge.[3]

Baker's undergraduate years were interrupted by war service in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve during World War II.[4] He was on a minesweeper that protected the Allied Arctic supply convoys to the USSR.[4] He was awarded the Royal Naval Reserve decoration. In May 2015 he was awarded the Ushakov Medal for his service in the Arctic convoys of World War II.[5]

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