The newsreader passed away peacefully in hospital in Newport on the Isle of Wight today (Friday, December 14), his long-term partner Mark Fear confirmed.
Kendall was well known for his role in Channel 4's Treasure Hunt, which also featured Anneka Rice.
Acting BBC director-general Tim Davie said: "As the first British newsreader ever to appear on our TV screens in 1955, the passing of Kenneth Kendall is a sad moment in broadcasting history.
"Kenneth will be remembered for his long and successful career in both radio and later TV and, of course, for his much remarked-upon elegant sense of style.
"As one of the broadcasting greats, he will be hugely missed by colleagues across the BBC."
Kendall had joined the BBC first as a radio announcer before moving to TV, becoming the first person to present the news in vision. He later became the face of the 9 O'Clock News.
Kendall had a cameo role in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey as a newsreader.
After Kendall retired, he and his partner Fear ran an art gallery together in Cowes.
Watch a clip of Kenneth Kendall on the 9 O'Clock News below: