Brian Baines

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Brian Baines (born circa 1930, died 30 June 2006, Bradford) was a British television newsreader, continuity announcer and character actor.

As well as regular newsreading duties on the early evening Look North programme, Baines was also one of the main announcers for BBC North television during the 1970s and early 1980s when the BBC's English regions utilised local continuity during peak time.

He continued to provide continuity for regional programming and read short Look North bulletins until April 1988.[1]

He also appeared as a character actor in supporting roles for several TV dramas filmed in the north of England.[2]

Baines died in a Bradford hospice on 30 June 2006, at the age of 75.

After he died, colleagues revealed that he frequently read the late night TV news and weather out of vision, sitting motionless so that his motorcycling leathers would not creak, as he was dressed ready for the journey home.[3]


  1. ^ Former Look North presenter dies, BBC News Online, 30 June 2006
  2. ^ "Brian Baines". Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Former Look North presenter dies". 30 June 2006. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 

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