FORMER BBC and ITN newsreader Peter Sissons has died aged 77, his agent has said.
The newsreader was one of the best known faces on British TV after a career of almost 40 years in journalism including 16 with the BBC.
A statement from Knight Ayton management said: “We are sad to announce that Peter Sissons, the former presenter on ITN, Channel 4 and the BBC, died peacefully last night in Maidstone Hospital, Kent.
“His wife and three children were with him and wish to pass on their thanks to the hospital staff who were so caring and fought gallantly to save him to the end.”
The journalist had first begun his career working as a writer with ITN before becoming a news reporter.
Sisson then went on to become a foreign correspondent in Biafra, where he was wounded by gunfire.
By 1978, he was presenting ITN’s News At One. before going on to become a presenter of Question Time.
He was most well-known for breaking the news of the Queen Mother’s death in 2002.
But while he was praised for leading the BBC’s coverage, he also faced criticism for wearing a burgundy tie instead of a black one when making the announcement.
The married dad-of-three lived in Sevenoaks, Kent.
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