Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Bob Friend 1938-2008
Very sad news to report. Bob Friend, the veteran Sky News presenter, who retired in 2003, has died today at the age of 70. He had been suffering from Cancer. Bob was with Sky News right from the start and was one of the most respected reporter/presenters in the business. He had a wicked sense of humour and his on screen banter with Vivien Creegor and Anna Botting became cult viewing. I did a spot with him on an ITV regional programme about new media not that long ago and he delighted in being very much from the 'old school' of journalism.
Bob also made cameo appearances in Mission Impossible and Independence Day, two of my favourite films! I am sure his colleagues at Sky News are doing many on screen tributes to Bob today. He certainly earned them.
UPDATE: Sky's tribute to Bob is HERE. Jon Craig TOO.