After training as an actor, Baker wrote to the BBC asking for work and landed his first job for the broadcaster, presenting a classical music programme. Former colleagues and admirers of Baker’s shared their memories of the esteemed presenter yesterday (Saturday) afternoon.Leading the tributes, BBC director general Tony Hall said: “Richard was the face of news for millions. “Baker was a calm and assured presence. Later, he became a great advocate for classical music, presenting many much loved programmes. But more than that, he was quite simply a lovely and charming man.” Fellow newsreader John Simpson paid tribute to Baker in a tweet saying: “Richard Baker, who has just died, was one of the finest newsreaders of modern times: highly intelligent, thoughtful, gentle, yet tough in defence of his principles.” Radio presenter Steve Penk wrote: “Richard’s voice will always bring back such warm wonderful memories for me as a child, listening to him as the voice of Mary, Mungo & Midge.” Richard Baker trying on different ties at the BBC news studio in Alexandra Palace in February 1962Credit:Douglas Miller/Hulton Archive Tributes have been paid to former BBC newsreader Richard Baker, who introduced the broadcaster’s first televised news bulletin, following his death at the age of 93. The one-time Last Night of the Proms host died at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford on Saturday, his family said.Baker was described as the “face of news for millions” by the BBC’s director general Tony Hall, as leading BBC journalists issued a series of glowing tributes.Known for his calming voice, Baker won legions of fans presenting the news for the BBC for 28 years as well as hosting programmes on Radio 2 and Radio 4. He also delighted younger viewers narrating children’s television show Mary, Mungo & Midge. Baker was described as the “face of news for millions” by the BBC’s director general Tony Hall While Simon McCoy, a current newsreader for the BBC, said Baker was a “huge” influence on him and was “the” newsreader of his generation. Adam Cumiskey, the chief programmer of Newsnight, said he was such a fan of Baker’s as a child he would kiss the television set whenever he was on screen. And Alastair Stewart, of ITV News, wrote: “He was a terrific sport and possessed of a great sense of humour.” Writer Louis Barfe described Baker’s last news bulletin on the BBC as “sober, authoritative, but with a distinct twinkle”. Baker pictutred with his wife Margaret and two children Andrew (six) and James (four)Credit:Owen Barnes/Rex Features Richard Baker at home in Oxfordshire in 2014Credit:David Rose for the Telegraph He said: “Comedy programmes got him in to do things because they knew that under the strait-laced exterior, mischief lurked.” And war correspondent Jeremy Bowen simply wrote: “Richard Baker was a legend.”Baker was born in Willesden, north London in 1925. He attended Kilburn Grammar School before going on to read history and modern languages at Peterhouse College in Cambridge. Shortly into his degree, he joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserves where he was deployed to Russia. At the end of the Second World War, he returned and completed his studies. His calm yet authoritative voice caught the attention of the news department and he was enlisted to introduce the broadcaster’s first televised news bulletin in July 1954. Newsreaders were not allowed to appear onscreen originally. Reflecting on this in 2016, Baker told The Telegraph: “We couldn’t appear on screen for months because it was feared we might sully the stream of truth with inappropriate facial expressions. Instead the viewers saw pictures making the news.”Baker read the news for a further 28 years, until his retirement on New Year’s Eve in 1982.In recent years Baker moved to a retirement community and delighted fellow residents by reading out the news headlines to them at six o’clock over supper. Baker leaves behind two sons Andrew, a deputy editor at The Daily Telegraph and James, a television executive at Red Arrow Studios. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.