New Zealand's first woman television announcer has died.

Alma Johnson hosted evening programmes on AKTV2 from 1960.

She was known for her immaculate hair styles, perfect diction and on-camera presence.

Radio and TV Broadcaster's Club President Ric Carlyon says she did very well for someone who wasn't sure what was expected of her.

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He says viewers didn't know what to expect either.

Ric Carlyon says she came right through the screen into the living room and had many, many fans in Auckland.

Alma Johnson died yesterday at a nursing home in Remuera and was aged 85.

She's survived by her son Tim.