"I turned on the nine o'clock news, there was Kenneth Kendall, calm as a cucumber .....
No story about anything fucking burning down!"
Born in India, Kenneth Kendall is educated at Felsted School and Oxford University, where he studies Modern Languages. He serves in the Coldstream Guards from 1943 until 1946, is wounded during the Normandy landings, and is demobilised as a Captain.
In 1948, he begins a long association with the BBC when he becomes a radio announcer. He transfers to television in 1954 as one of the first TV newsreaders, staying until 1961.
From 1961 until 1969 he freelances in television, radio and films before rejoining BBC TV. This tenure lasts until 1981, incorporating a period widely considered to be the heyday of BBC TV News, with its 'Big Three' newsreaders: Kendall, Richard Baker and Robert Dougall.
After his final news bulletin in 1981, Kendall makes appearances for many television companies but is best known for his hosting of Channel 4's 'Treasure Hunt'.