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Former Antiques Roadshow host Hugh Scully dies aged 72

Former Antiques Roadshow presenter Hugh Scully Credit: PA Wire

Former Antiques Roadshow host Hugh Scully has died at the age of 72, the BBC has announced.

According to reports Scully's son Oliver confirmed his father died on Thursday afternoon while watching television at his Cornwall home.

Scully, who shot to fame as one of the anchors of the Antiques Roadshow in 1981, first joined the BBC as a freelance journalist and BBC Nationwide presenter.

A Sunday night presenting stalwart, Scully once described his job as "always a delight" and "one of the best jobs in broadcasting".

Peter Salmon, Director of BBC Studios and Controller of BBC One between 1997 and 2000, paid tribute to "a wonderful journalist and presenter" who "will be sadly missed".

Hugh was a great servant of the BBC for more than 30 years.

He was a wonderful journalist and presenter, making his name at Spotlight and Nationwide before going on to spend an incredible 19 years at Antiques Roadshow, where he won a special place in the hearts of so many. He will be sadly missed.

– Peter Salmon
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