BBC first female broadcaster Nan Winton dies at age 93

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)first female broadcaster Nancy Wigginton aka Nan Winton dies at age 93.

Nancy Wigginton, was taken to hospital on May 8 following a fall at her home in Bridport, Dorset. She passed away at Dorchester County Hospital on Saturday, May 11, after her condition worsened. The inquest into her death was opened and closed at the coroner’s court in Bournemouth on Thursday.

Winton started reading the 6pm news in 1960. She would also read the weekly news bulletins on a Sunday evening. At the time however, it was reported that viewers thought a woman reading the news was ‘unacceptable’ and she was removed from the role in 1961.

Nan Winton also worked as a BBC TV continuity announcer with her works including Panorama and Town and Around, a nightly magazine show.

She later stepped down from reading the news but remained a television and news reporter and also a regular panelist on the radio panel game show Treble Chance.

Winton was an experienced journalist by the time she was asked to read the news. She had also worked as a BBC TV continuity announcer from 1958 to 1961.

The BBC’s director of news and current affairs today paid tribute to Winton, saying: ‘We send our condolences to Nan’s family and friends.

‘At a time when we have a host of brilliant women who present, edit, film and report the BBC news, we should look back and pay tribute to trailblazers such as Nan, the first female newsreader on the BBC.’

Dailymail reports that on the day Winton was taken to hospital, aged 93, it was found she had fractured her femur. Surgery was carried out the next day. She later suffered failure of the heart, respiratory system and kidneys. She was taken to critical care, but died in the ward.

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