Legendary broadcaster Barbara Walters dies age 93


Legendary US broadcaster Barbara Walters has died aged 93, multiple outlets have reported.

The television personality, who is known for her glittering career spanning 50 years hosting shows such as Today, The View and 20/20, died on December 30, 2022, ABC News reported.

Walters is being remembered as a trailblazing icon in journalism. She also became the first female anchor on a network news program in the US after joining ABC News in 1976.

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Barbara Walters was the first female presenter to anchor a nightly network news program in the US on April 22, 1976. (ABC)

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Walters began her broadcast carer while reporting about the John. F Kennedy assassination on-air in 1963, delivering on-the-ground news from New York City.

In 1997, Walters launched The View and made her final appearance on the talk show in 2014.

“I do not want to appear on another program or climb another mountain,” she told the audience during her final episode. 

“I want instead to sit on a sunny field and admire the very gifted women – and OK, some men too – who will be taking my place.”

During her long career as a broadcast journalist, Walters interviewed US President Ronald Reagan, Monica Lewinsky, Cuban President Fidel Castro and even Vladimir Putin.

Barbara Walters
The trailblazing icon has died age 93. (Getty)
Walters pictured with fellow talk show legend Oprah Winfrey.

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“I asked Vladimir Putin if he ever ordered anyone to be killed,” she once recalled, ABC News reports. “For the record, he said ‘no.'”

Walters’ colleagues and admirers have taken to social media to mourn the death of a TV icon, who was inducted into the television Hall of Fame in 1089.

The journalist was even recognised with a Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 2007.

Walters is survived by her daughter, Jacqueline Dena Guber.

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