Sir Alastair Burnet dies aged 84

The veteran newsreader Sir Alastair Burnet, best known for presenting News at Ten for 21 years, has died aged 84. The chief executive of ITN has called Sir Alastair "the greatest newscaster Britain ever produced".

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Sir Alastair's style 'was authoritative, well-informed and friendly'

Sir Alastair Burnet was the main newscaster when ITN’s News at Ten launched 45 years ago this month.

He was the anchorman on ITN’s coverage of five British general election programmes, on the American moon landing programmes, and several US presidential elections.

He pioneered live coverage of Parliament's Budget Day speeches.

He set a style of news presentation that was authoritative, well informed and friendly.

– Sir David Nicholas, former Editor-in-Chief and Chairman of ITN

Sir Alastair Burnet 'amazingly fluent, painstaking in everything he did'

He was amazingly fluent, always did all his own research and was painstaking in everything he did. He anchored all General Elections for ITN and he always knew something about any candidate in any constituency.

He was extraordinarily knowledgeable politically, but also about other things like soccer. If anything went wrong on air you would never have known with Alastair in the chair. I remember when Ronald Regan was shot while on air at News at Ten and he just covered it beautifully. He was a great personality, a great drinker. When anyone was depressed his solution was to pour them a stiff one.

– Sue Tinson, former Editor of News at Ten

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