Charles Wheeler dies age 85

Sir Charles Wheeler, has died at the age of 85. He was the BBC’s longest serving foreign correspondent and reported from Spain, Germany and India after the Second World War. Martin Bell writes about his legacy in The Guardian,

He was no swashbuckler – quite unlike like his heirs and successors who tend to see themselves as the Journalist as Hero and put themselves at the centre of the story. TV news was not then a department of show business. Wheeler was quiet, authoritative and unfailingly courteous. When the US was in turmoil after the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1968, he did the politics and I the riots. He could not have been more welcoming and helpful. link

The BBC have their own obituary to Sir Charles here.