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".
Baker'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 amateur dramatist, Baker resumed his education after the war and joined the BBC in 1950 as a radio presenter.
Baker presented BBC TV news bulletins until 1982.
He was a regular panellist on the TV classical music quiz Face the Music and hosted Start the Week on Radio 4.
His long career at the corporation also saw him voice the animated children's series Mary, Mungo and Midge, and make three guest appearances on Monty Python's Flying Circus.
Lord Hall said Baker had been "at the forefront of the creation of the modern news presenter", adding: "He was a calm and assured presence who became the face of news for millions.
"Later, he became a great advocate for classical music, presenting many much loved programmes. But more than that, he was quite simply a lovely and charming man.
"Our sympathies are with his many friends and family."
BBC journalist John Simpson was one of the first to pay tribute to Baker on social media, describing him as one of the "finest newsreaders of modern times".
Richard Baker, who has just died, was one of the finest newsreaders of modern times: highly intelligent, thoughtful, gentle, yet tough in defence of his principles.— John Simpson (@JohnSimpsonNews) November 17, 2018
ITV News presenter Alastair Stewart said Baker was a "giant" and a "true gentleman".
A giant. Not a 'journalist', but that wasn't the style in his day. Burnet, Day, Gall et al came along and changed all that. Richard 'Dickie' Baker was also a master of the arts, especially music about which he wrote beautifully. A true gentleman. #RIP https://t.co/kadgvvwVXQ— Alastair Stewart (@alstewitn) November 17, 2018
Former colleague Jan Leeming was saddened by the news of Baker's death.
Just heard sad news death of #RichardBaker - at age 11 his was first autograph in my book. Shared office in 80’s— Jan Leeming (@Jan_Leeming) November 17, 2018
He was "THE newsreader" for a certain generation, said BBC News presenter Simon McCoy.
Remembering Richard Baker- THE newsreader for a generation of us - and a huge influence on me. #RIP— Simon McCoy (@BBCSimonMcCoy) November 17, 2018