Legendary UK newsreader Peter Sissons has died at the age of 77.
According to a statement from his agent: “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.”
While first known for his work at ITV, Sissons became a BBC icon as an evening news presenter for the 90s and early 200s.
Some career highlights include an explosive interview with an Iranian diplomat about Salman Rushdie in 1982 and heading up BBCs Question Time in 1989.
The BBC director general, Tony Hall, said: “Peter Sissons was one of the great television figures of his time – as an interviewer, presenter and world-class journalist. During his distinguished career he was one of the most recognisable and well-respected faces of television news.
“He was always a great person to be with and to work with. He will be missed by his many friends and colleagues, and our thoughts are with his family.”
Very sorry to hear of the death of former colleague Peter Sissons. A great journalist and a fine presenter at ITN and the BBC. #RIP
— Simon McCoy (@BBCSimonMcCoy) October 2, 2019
Peter Sissons, who died today, on the far left of this pic, next to John Lennon and Jimmy Tarbuck in the Isle of Man in 1951. All three were pupils at Dovedale school in South Liverpool. pic.twitter.com/EKUfj9vkux
— Tony McDonough (@tonymc39) October 2, 2019
Former newsreader and journalist Peter Sissons has died at the age of 77. Here he is in September 1989, introducing his first episode of Question Time. pic.twitter.com/HQMqWDzMZ4
— BBC Archive (@BBCArchive) October 2, 2019