The death has been announced of the former Sky News and BBC News presenter Alastair Yates, at the age of 65. Alastair entered the world of broadcasting in 1973, presenting and reporting on various regional radio and television shows. National exposure came with Sky News in 1989, when he helped launch the channel, alongside co-presenter Penny Smith. In 1992, he joined the BBC’s world news channel and later also became a familiar face on the domestic news channel, BBC News 24. He retired from broadcasting in 2011.
A full profile of Alastair Yates can be viewed here.
Various former colleagues have paid tribute to Alastair. Peter Dobbie, who worked with Alastair at the BBC, posted this tweet:
Another former colleague, Simon McCoy, reported the sad news about Alastair at the end of the 4pm news programme on 27th July 2018:
Former BBC News presenter Alastair Yates has died at the age of 66. He was a presenter for over 20 years here at the BBC. He was also one of the first presenters on Sky News, in 1989. Those of us who worked with him will miss him.Simon McCoy, BBC News presenter
Following his retirement from broadcasting, Alastair volunteered his services to the ADHD Foundation in Richmond. That organisation paid this tribute to him:
Our condolences to family, friends & all at ADHD Richmond on the sad news about Alastair Yates – Chair of ADHD Richmond & former news broadcaster.ADHD Twitter Feed
Thank you for your support for ADHD. You were a true gentleman; a kind man, a good friend. We will all miss you so much.
Alastair’s daughter Elspeth later posted this tweet: