Tributes to Sheffield-born broadcaster

Anchor: Alastair Burnet.
Anchor: Alastair Burnet.

Tributes have been paid to Sheffield-born broadcaster Sir Alastair Burnet, who has died aged 84, following a series of strokes.

Most famous for presenting News At Ten, the reporter and national newspaper editor was hailed as ‘the best we’ll ever have’ by colleagues.

The journalist, who read history at the University of Oxford, was news anchor for the Apollo 11 first moon landing, the 1981 wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales and multiple elections.

He landed his job as political editor for ITN in the 1960s, becoming co-host of News at Ten when it was launched in 1967.

He also spent a short period working at the BBC on Panorama, covering the 1974 general election.

His sympathetic portrayal of the Royal family saw him mocked by satirical puppet show, Spitting Image, with his character starring in a spoof about the deaths of famous figures.

As well as his television career, Sir Alastair contributed to print journalism, as editor of the Daily Express and The Economist.

A private funeral is to be followed by a memorial event.