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BBC’s first female TV newsreader Nan Winton dies aged 93 

BBC’s first female TV newsreader Nan Winton dies aged 93

  • Nan Winton was taken to hospital on May 8 following a fall at her home in Dorset
  • Her condition worsened and she passed away in hospital on May 11
  • She read the 6pm news and weekly bulletins on Sunday evenings in 1960

Nan Winton, the first woman to read the news on the BBC, has died at the age of 93. 

The broadcaster, whose full name was Nancy Wigginton, was taken to hospital on May 8  following a fall at her home in Bridport, Dorset. 

Her condition worsened and she passed away at Dorchester County Hospital on May 11. 

An inquest into her death was opened and closed at the coroner’s court in Bournemouth on Thursday. 

The broadcaster, whose full name was Nancy Wigginton, was taken to hospital on May 8 following a fall at her home in Bridport, Dorset

Newsreader Nan Winton (right) interviewing politician Barbara Castle (left) at County Hall Terrace in London on August 24, 1961

Newsreader Nan Winton (right) interviewing politician Barbara Castle (left) at County Hall Terrace in London on August 24, 1961

She first started reading the 6pm news and weekly bulletins on Sunday evenings in 1960. 

At the time it was reported viewers thought a woman reading the news was ‘unacceptable’ and she was removed from the role in 1961.

It was another 15 years before Angela Rippon made her debut at the channel and became the nation’s first regular female newsreader. 

More to follow.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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