Reginald Bosanquet

Reginald Bosanquet
Born Reginald Tindal Kennedy Bosanquet
(1932-08-09)9 August 1932
Died 27 May 1984(1984-05-27) (aged 51)
Resting place Putney Vale Cemetery
Alma mater New College, Oxford
Occupation Journalist, Presenter
Known for Presenter of ITN News at Ten
Spouse(s) Three
Children Abigail
Parent(s) Bernard Bosanquet

Reginald Tindal Kennedy "Reggie" Bosanquet (9 August 1932 27 May 1984) was a British journalist and broadcaster who was an anchor of News at Ten for ITN from 1967 to 1979.[1]

Early life

Bosanquet, of Huguenot descent, was the only child of the England cricketer Bernard Bosanquet (credited with inventing the googly). His great-great-grandfather was Sir Nicolas Conyngham Tindal, Lord Chief Justice (1829–1843), through whom Bosanquet was senior lineal representative of the ancient Scales barony,[2] although he never sought to establish his claim to the title and a seat in the House of Lords.[3]


Bosanquet was educated at Ashbury College, Ottawa, Wellesley House School, [4] Broadstairs, Kent; and Winchester College, before going up to New College, Oxford where he read History.


Bosanquet was on the staff of ITN from its earliest days, initially as a sub-editor. He later reported from many parts of the world and was diplomatic correspondent for four years. He briefly became head anchor of ITN from 1974–1976, when Sir Alastair Burnet left to join the BBC's Panorama programme.

His partnership with Anna Ford on News at Ten was popular with viewers in the late 1970s. As Ford has since revealed, this rapport could prove distressing: on one occasion Bosanquet, having somehow discovered the birth-date of Ford's mother, wished the woman a "happy birthday" at the end of the broadcast, unaware that she had died some time previously.[5] Ford recalled in 2007: "Reggie was a dear. I mean, you wouldn't have chosen a man who had epilepsy, was an alcoholic, had had a stroke and wore a toupée to read the news, but the combination was absolute magic."[5]

Although held in considerable affection by the public (he was commonly addressed by family, friends and the media as "Reggie"), Bosanquet was not without his critics as a newsreader. At times he could appear puzzled by unfamiliar foreign names[1] while his trademark slurred delivery fed contemporary suspicions that he was a heavy drinker.[6] Such rumours became raw material for wags and comedy writers: Bosanquet acquired such nicknames as "Reginald Beaujolais", "Reginald Boozalot" and "Reginald Boozatten"[1] while Sir Richard Stilgoe noted that an anagram of 'Reginald Bosanquet' was 'ITN Square Gone Bald'.

Later career

Bosanquet was elected Rector of the University of Glasgow in 1980, serving until 1984. He was a controversial choice; shortly after his election he hit the headlines when he turned up at an official reception late and drunk, and insulted various guests, including the Lord Provost of Glasgow (and his eventual successor) Michael Kelly.

In 1980, Bosanquet "sang" (or, more accurately, narrated the lyrics in the style of a newscast) on the disco single "Dance With Me". It was voted #1 in the Bottom 30 by listeners of British DJ Kenny Everett.[7]

Personal life

Bosanquet married three times and had two daughters, Abigail and Delilah.[8] He died from pancreatic cancer aged 51 and is buried at Putney Vale Cemetery.


  1. 1 2 3 Eddie Dyja "Bosanquet, Reginald (1932-1984)", BFI screenonline
  4. Reginald Bosanquet Publisher: Wellesley House School. Retrieved: 2 May, 2013.
  5. 1 2 Bill Hagerty "Anna Ford: Try a little tenderness", British Journalism Review 18:3, 2007, p.7-16
  6. Evening Standard, 15 May 2000
  7. Everett, Kenny. "The Bottom 30: 1980", Capital Radio, 1980-04-04. Retrieved 2008-04-18.

See also

Academic offices
Preceded by
John L. Bell
Rector of the University of Glasgow
Succeeded by
Michael Kelly
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