Legendary BBC TV newsreader Kenneth Kendall has died at the age of 88.

He passed away peacefully in hospital in Newport on the Isle of Wight yesterday (Friday, December 14th), his long-term partner Mark Fear confirmed.

Kendall was also well known for his role in Channel 4's Treasure Hunt, which featured Anneka Rice.

Acting BBC director-general Tim Davie said: "As the first British newsreader ever to appear on our TV screens in 1955, the passing of Kenneth Kendall is a sad moment in broadcasting history.

"Kenneth will be remembered for his long and successful career in both radio and later TV and, of course, for his much remarked-upon elegant sense of style.

"As one of the broadcasting greats, he will be hugely missed by colleagues across the BBC."

Kendall joined the BBC as a radio announcer before moving to TV, becoming the first person to present the news in vision. He later became the face of the 9 O'Clock News.

Kendall had a cameo role in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey as a newsreader.

After Kendall retired, he and his partner Fear ran an art gallery together in Cowes on the Isle of Wight.