Tim was educated at Summer Fields, Eton and went to the University of Geneva.  After National Service, he trained as an actor at the Central School of Speech and Drama and in the early 1950s he joined the BBC as a radio announcer.  From 1955 until 1957, he headed Radio Hong Kong’s English programmes before returning to the UK to join BBC TV, where he was an in-vision announcer and newsreader.  In 1959, he moved to the “other side”, to become one of ITN’s first newscasters, where he remained until 1962.  His debonair good looks and deep, velvet voice made him very popular.

Tim’s career as a broadcaster in radio and television covered an enormous repertoire.  He presented Roundabout on the BBC Light Programme, produced special documentary features for ITN and Pathé Pictorial and sports fans might remember him from ITV’s Let’s Go.  He presented for ITV Sport in 1960.  He interviewed the Shah of Iran before his downfall.  During a report on Turkish Baths, he unintentionally became the first nude newscaster on television – an event still remembered by many.  He also made cameo appearances, usually in a newscaster role, in various TV programmes and films including: The Avengers (1962); The Power Game (1965); Budgie (1972); Dixon of Dock Green (1974); Carry on Emmannuelle (1978).  Among the television commercials he fronted were the Stork Margarine Challenge and the Daily Sketch.  In 1977, he presented a spoof science programme for Anglia Television called Alternative 3, in which millions were duped into thinking that scientists were being taken to colonise the moon because earth was doomed.  It was intended to be broadcast on April Fool’s Day but due to industrial action its transmission was delayed until 20th June.

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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.

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Aengus MacGrianna has made his final news broadcast on RTÉ. He announced his plan to leave RTÉ last November, saying he wanted to explore other career possibilities. “I have spent 30 wonderful years in RTÉ. I have enjoyed going into work every day. I am looking forward to the next chapter of my life.”

The Dublin native was born in 1964. His Raheny-based family was steeped in the Irish language and it was perhaps no surprise that his education was delivered in his mother tongue. Aengus joined RTÉ in 1987, working initially as a runner before, two years later, moving into radio news reading. He later took on a similar role on television, reading ‘Nuacht’ bulletins initially, before making the transition to English-language news output, where he became a regular face on the ‘Six-One News’ and ‘Nine o’Clock News’.

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