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Former BBC newsreader Richard Baker dies aged 93

Former BBC newsreader Richard Baker dies aged 93

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Former BBC newsreader Richard Baker has died aged 93.The son of a plasterer, London-born Baker introduced the first BBC TV news bulletin broadcast in July 1954. He went on to front the Last Night of the Proms and present on Radio 2, 3 and 4.Baker's son James said his father died this morning at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.BBC director general Tony Hall was among those to pay tribute, saying he "became the face of news for millions".Obituary: The voice of the first BBC TV news bulletinBaker's studies at Cambridge University were interrupted by World War Two.He served on a minesweeper with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve during the conflict, attached to the supply convoys to Russia.A keen ...
Star Wars: Carrie Fisher and Richard E Grant among Episode IX cast

Star Wars: Carrie Fisher and Richard E Grant among Episode IX cast

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The cast for the next Star Wars film has been revealed in a surprise announcement, with a mixture of veteran stars and new faces set to appear.The late actress Carrie Fisher will feature in Episode IX using previously unseen footage that was recorded for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.The star, who played Princess Leia in the film series, died suddenly in 2016.Billy Dee Williams, 81, will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian and Richard E Grant will join the cast."We desperately loved Carrie Fisher," director JJ Abrams said in a statement announcing the line-up. "Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us.""We have found a way to honour Carrie's legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using u...
Richard Bacon placed in medically-induced coma after mystery illness

Richard Bacon placed in medically-induced coma after mystery illness

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Twitter RICHARD BACON: The Blue Peter presenter, here last week, is in a medically-induced coma The 42-year-old presenter, who was famously sacked from children's TV show Blue Peter after he was found with drugs, is in a medically induced coma.According to The Sun, Richard is fighting for his life after contracting a mystery illness, which caused him to be hospitalised last week.A source is quoted as telling the publication: "This is an extremely worrying time for everyone who loves him [Richard]."Doctors started treating him for pneumonia, but it soon became apparent that it wasn't working and his condition took a dramatic turn for the worse. "They had no choice but to put him into a medically-induc...
Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson readies himself for space

Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson readies himself for space

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Sir Richard Branson says he's training to be an astronaut and will take his first trip into space soon. He told BBC Radio 4's You and Yours programme: "We're talking about months away, not years away - so it's close. There are exciting times ahead."I'm going for astronaut training; I'm going for fitness training, centrifuge and other training, so that my body will hopefully cope well when I go to space."The 67-year-old multi-millionaire has been investing in commercial space travel since 2004, when he founded space tourism company Virgin Galactic. Media playback is unsupported on your device Sir Richard, tech entrepreneur Elon Musk and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos are now in a race to ge...