It’s only natural! Attenborough is Britain’s favourite TV presenter
HIS dulcet tones have provided a soundtrack to nature on our screens since the 1950s.
So it is perhaps no wild discovery that Sir David Attenborough has been crowned the greatest British TV presenter of all time, according to a poll.
The documentary narrator, 96, won 28 per cent of the vote with 30 household names making up the list in all.
In second place in the Perspectus Global poll is the late Sir Terry Wogan, whose broadcasting career began in the 1960s and included his BBC chat show Wogan in the 1980s and 1990s and his Radio 2 breakfast show, in which he entertained millions of TOGs (Terry’s Old Geezers and Gals).
Sir Bruce Forsyth came third, having presented a string of Saturday night prime-time hits including The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right, Bruce’s Price is Right and cohosting Strictly Come Dancing.
Ant and Dec, who have won the title of best TV presenter at the National TV Awards 21 times, were eighth. When asked what makes a great TV host, 47 per cent of Britons felt it was someone who seemed genuine.
But half of us think the calibre of hosts has fallen in recent years, with 51 per cent going as far as to say it is a dying art.