Esteemed newsreader and journalist Sir Alastair Burnet, best known for fronting ITV's News at Ten, has died at the age of 84.
His family confirmed that he died overnight at the Beatrice Place Nursing home in Kensington, west London, where he was in residential care after suffering several strokes.
The broadcaster presented his last news bulletin in August 1991, before retiring at the age of 63. During his career he anchored many historic moments including general elections, the wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales and ITN's coverage of the first moon landing in 1969.
Throughout his career Burnet edited The Economist and the Daily Express and developed a successful career as a news presenter.
He joined ITN in 1963 as political editor, before switching to newsreading four years later.
He was knighted in 1984 for his services to journalism and broadcasting.
John Hardie, chief executive of ITN, said: "ITN stands on the shoulders of giants, none greater than Sir Alastair Burnet.
"He defined newscasting for a generation and his influence is still clearly evident today. He set the bar to a standard that has never been surpassed, and perhaps not even equalled.
"Sir Alastair will be sorely missed by many here at ITN, but his legacy lives on."
Broadcaster Andrew Neil also spoke of his respect for Burnet, describing him as "one of the greatest journalists of his generation".
Neil added: "He will also always be recalled by family, friends and colleagues for his unparalleled professionalism, humour and gentlemanly kindness, especially to journalists starting out on their careers.
"Joy it was to be in his company and he was an inspiration to many who followed in his footsteps - the broadcasters' broadcaster.
"There will be many who wish to pay tribute to him in the days ahead."
Former ITN chief executive Stewart Purvis said Burnet "was an omnibrain who knew everything from political insider gossip to UK constituency details to racing form."
A public memorial service will be organised after a private funeral.