MACCLESFIELD, England — Brian Redhead, one of the British Broadcasting Corp.’s best-known radio announcers, died Sunday of kidney failure. He was 64.

Redhead, anchor of BBC Radio 4′s “Today” program, died a month after he underwent abdominal surgery for an abscess.

Redhead headed the morning program, a BBC fixture since 1957, for 18 years and came to be known for his abrasive interviewing technique.

Before joining the “Today” program, Redhead had worked at the Manchester Guardian and the Manchester Evening News.

He is survived by his wife and three children.

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Karen Anders

Karen Anders, an actress who appeared on Broadway, in television and films, died of a heart attack Jan. 18 in Los Angeles. She was 65.

Her television credits include “Sgt. Bilko,” appearances on Bob Hope specials , “Taxi” and “Hart to Hart.”

She starred at Radio City Music Hall in “A New York Summer” and “Manhattan Showboat.”

Survivors include a lifelong friend, Barbara Cobb, and a sister.

Donations may be made to the Motion Picture & Television Fund, 23300 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA, 91364. In her memory, any donation will be matched by Weyerhaeuser Mortgage Co.

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