Former ‘Antiques Roadshow’ host Hugh Scully has died at the age of 72.
The presenter and journalist passed away peacefully while watching TV at his home in Cornwall on Thursday (8 October), his son Oliver told the BBC.
After joining the BBC in 1965 as a freelance journalist, Hugh went on to become best known for hosting the Sunday night antiques programme.
He began presenting ‘Antiques Roadshow’ in 1981 alongside Arthur Negus, and after Arthur quit the show two years later, Hugh continued to present the show until 2000, when he quit.
He said at the time: "I have particularly enjoyed my long association with the ‘Antiques Roadshow’ which has always been a delight and one of the best jobs in broadcasting.
"Now the time has come when I must pursue my commercial interests which, sadly, are incompatible with my role on the programme. I wish my successor well."
Hugh went on to launch an internet auction company, while Michael Aspell took over presenting duties.
The show is now hosted by Fiona Bruce.
‘Bargain Hunt’ presenter Tim Wonnacott was among the first to pay tribute to Hugh, tweeting: “How very sad to hear of the death of the very charming @BBC_ARoadshow presenter Hugh Scully who will be much missed.”
How very sad to hear of the death of the very charming @BBC_ARoadshow presenter Hugh Scully who will be much missed— Tim Wonnacott (@TimWonnacott) October 9, 2015
Former ‘Nationwide’ presenter Sue Lawley also described Hugh as a "great talent" who was "fun-loving", and most proud of his 1993 TV interview with Margaret Thatcher.
Hugh was married to wife Barbara for 43 years before her death in 2009, and he is survived by two sons.