Cliff Michelmore 1919-2016
Veteran radio and TV presenter Cliff Michelmore has died aged 96.
In a career spanning 60 years, Michelmore was one of the presenters of the BBC’s first TV motoring programme,
Wheelbase that ran between 1964 and 1975 and is seen as the forerunner of today’s Top Gear. His main co-presenter was motoring journalist and racing driver Gordon Wilkins, who died in April 2007.
Wheelbase was also one of the first programmes to be shown in colour on BBC2 and in an episode aired in September 1972, Michelmore’s driving skills were put to the test at the Brands Hatch circuit.
Michelmore, who had famously been a TV anchorman during the assassination of US President john F Kennedy in 1963 and the first moon landing in 1969 and presented BBC’s Tonight from 1957 to 1965, died in Hampshire on 16 March.
Cliff Michelmore was best known for Tonight.