TV PRESENTER DEAD Young, Gifted and Broke presenter dies

TV presenter Magenta Devine has died at the age of 61.

According to her family, the broadcaster – who was known for her trademark black sunglasses, stylish attire and husky voice – died on Wednesday morning at a hospital in London while undergoing treatment following a short illness.

Her family said she was “deeply loved for her extraordinary kindness and generosity”.

Born Kim Taylor in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire in 1957, Devine became a star in the 1980s on Channel 4’s short-lived but memorable cult youth show Network 7.

She then went on to host the BBC’s innovative factual show Reportage and the Rough Guides travel series.

Rough Guides was originally broadcast as part of Janet Street-Porter’s DEF II slot on BBC Two.

Her other TV credits included presenting ITV documentary series Young, Gifted and Broke, and the On Screen cinema review programme on the BBC’s World Service Radio network.

She also found work as a voiceover artist, appearing in a number of TV adverts and on a number of radio programmes, including the BBC’s Cult Heroes: Marc Bolan programme.

During her career, Devine also wrote articles and opinion pieces on travel, media and popular culture for a number of newspapers.