Bev Smith who worked for ATV Midlands in the 1970s as a news reporter and presenter has died aged 70. His death follows colleague Wendy Jones’ dying two weeks ago.
Smith, who moved behind the cameras in the 1980s as an executive at TVS – ITV’s former broadcaster for the South of England, died after taking part in an amateur dramatic pantomime.
The former ATV Today television news reporter was playing the part of the pantomime dame in the Curdridge Amateur Dramatic Group’s version of Dick Whittington and his Cat when he died off-stage after making his initial entrance, wowing an 80-strong audience with a comedy routine.
Smith died in the wings of the stage after suffering a heart attack on Monday 28th November.
The two-hour long production at the Curdridge Reading Rooms in Curdridge, hants, has now been abandoned entirely, with seven further performances cancelled.