Richard Douglas James Baker OBE RD (15 June 1925 – 17 November 2018) was an English broadcaster who was most known for his work as a newsreader for BBC News from 1954 to 1982, as well as a classical music radio presenter.
Kenneth Kendall and Robert Dougall were his contemporaries, and he was the inaugural reader of the BBC Television News (in voiceover) in 1954.
Baker was born in Willesden, North London, and attended Kilburn Grammar School and Peterhouse, Cambridge, as the eldest son of a plasterer.During World War II, Baker’s undergraduate years were cut short due to his duty in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.
He was on a minesweeper guarding Allied Arctic supply convoys to the Soviet Union. The Royal Naval Reserve decoration was bestowed upon him. He was given the Ushakov Medal in May 2015 for his participation in World War II Arctic convoys.
Richard Baker Wife
Baker married Margaret Martin on June 2, 1961, at St Mary The Boltons in Brompton, London, when they were both in their mid-30s. Their mothers were friends, thus they had known each other since childhood.
Andrew, a sports columnist for The Daily Telegraph, and James, a television executive at Red Arrow Studios, were the couple’s two sons.
Richard Baker Net Worth
Richard Baker had an estimated net worth of $1.6 million from his news anchor career.