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Jack Scott has died.

Eddie Mair | 12:52 UK time, Thursday, 13 November 2008

We've been sent this from Richard Chapman, the Editorial Manager at the BBC Weather Centre: jackscotta.JPG jackscottb.JPG

"Jack Scott, the 20th BBC TV Weather Forecaster, died on Tuesday evening, the 11th November.

Jack Scott joined the Met Office in 1941 at the age of 17. Wartime service on RAF stations took him to Sullom Voe in Shetland, North Africa and Malta. In the 1950s and '60s he worked at RAF Watnall (now Nottingham Weather Centre), in Nairobi, Kenya, and at RAF Uxbridge.

In 1968 he auditioned for television and transferred to the London Weather Centre where he was based until he retired from the Met Office in 1983, broadcasting on BBC TV and radio. He was the former mainstay of the BBC's Weather department from 1969 to 1983 and also made regular appearances discussing weather topics on both `Pebble Mill At One' and John Dunn's Radio 2 show, and fronted the TV series `Under The Weather'.

He introduced the famous magnetic BBC weather symbols to the public in 1975 and laid early foundations for the current computerised system. He was also to be found as a weatherman on Thames Television between 1983 and 1988, taking over from Frances Wilson, who had left Thames for the BBC's Breakfast Time, and was a presenter of Channel 4's magazine programme for the over-60s, `Years Ahead', from 1988-89.

His main interest in retirement was golf and he was a member of Burnham Beeches Golf Club (along with George Cowling, who proposed him, and the late Bert Foord, whom he proposed)."


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