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Subject: Ex-Sky News Presenter Bob Friend dies at 70.

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/09/08 at 1:53 am

Obit from The Guardian

Bob Friend, one of the original and best-known presenters of Sky News, has died from cancer at the age of 70.

News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch led tributes to Friend, who retired in 2003, describing him as "a distinguished journalist and an admired broadcaster".

"He was quick to understand the power of non-stop programming," Murdoch said.

"He was there at the beginning of that long, hard road we all had to travel to make Sky News what it is today".

Friend's first appearance came on Sky News in February 1989, the day the satellite channel launched.

During his time with the broadcaster, Friend fronted Live at Five and then Sky News at Ten. He also presented live coverage of the 1997 hand-over of Hong Kong to China.

In 2003 he received an MBE for services to journalism, with then prime minister Tony Blair praising his work and "his reassuring voice".

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