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Ex-Antiques Roadshow presenter Hugh Scully dies aged 72

Former Antiques Roadshow presenter Hugh Scully has died at the age of 72, according to the BBC.

His son Oliver said his father died on Thursday afternoon while watching television at his Cornwall home, BBC News said.

Scully presented the Antiques Roadshow for almost 20 years up until 2000 when Michael Aspel took over.

Peter Salmon, director of BBC Studios and controller of BBC One between 1997 and 2000, said: "Hugh was a great servant of the BBC for more than 30 years.

"He was a wonderful journalist and presenter, making his name at Spotlight and Nationwide before going on to spend an incredible 19 years at Antiques Roadshow, where he won a special place in the hearts of so many. He will be sadly missed."

The hit programme tweeted: "We are saddened to hear the news of the death of Hugh Scully."

Hugh Scully joined the BBC in 1965 as a freelance journalist and was a presenter on BBC's Nationwide.

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