Hugh Scully, the presenter of Antiques Roadshow for 19 years, has died aged 72.
The art expert, who joined the BBC in 1965, was also a presenter on the current affairs show Nationwide before being chosen to front Antiques Roadshow alongside Arthur Negus in 1981.
After Negus left the programme in 1993, Scully was the sole host for the next 17 years. He left in 2000 to launch on online antiques business and was replaced by Michael Aspel.
Former Nationwide presenter Sue Lawley paid tribute to Scully as a “great talent” who was “fun-loving” and most proud of his 1993 TV interview with former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
BBC executive Peter Salmon who was controller of BBC1 between 1997 and 2000, said Scully’s “incredible” 19 years at Antiques Roadshow had won him “a special place in the hearts of so many”.
Scully’s son Oliver said his father had died on Thursday afternoon while watching television at his Cornwall home.
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