Former newsreader Kenneth Kendall dies aged 88 on Isle of Wight

NEWSREADER Kenneth Kendall has died at at the age of 88, his agent said.

The presenter, who was known to many for his role in Channel 4 show Treasure Hunt, died in hospital in Newport on the Isle of Wight today.

His agent, Jeremy Hicks, said he had suffered a stroke in recent weeks and never recovered.

Kendall's partner of many years, Mark Fear, said he passed away peacefully.

The couple owned an art gallery on the island after Kendall retired from television.

Kendall, who was born in India, started work at the BBC as a radio announcer before moving on to television in the 1950s where he became well known as a newsreader and a mainstay of the organisation until he left in 1981.

He joined Treasure Hunt a year later and the show, which featured Anneka Rice scouring the country for clues in a helicopter, become a huge hit for the fledgling channel.

He returned to the BBC in 2010 to appear in a show called The Young Ones which featured six celebrities examining the problems of ageing.

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