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Subject: BBC journalist Charles Wheeler dies at 85

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/04/08 at 6:41 am

From BBC News Online

Veteran journalist Sir Charles Wheeler, the BBC's longest-serving foreign correspondent, has died at the age of 85 after suffering from lung cancer.

A reporter, presenter and producer, he covered stories such as the assassination of Martin Luther King and Watergate when based in Washington.

He spent eight years in the US capital, also reporting on the shooting of presidential candidate Robert Kennedy.

He was considered "a legend", BBC director general Mark Thompson said.

"His integrity, his authority and his humanity graced the BBC's airwaves over many decades," he added.

"He is utterly irreplaceable but like everyone else, I am privileged to have worked with him."

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