Sir Trevor McDonald

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Sir Trevor McDonald

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Sir Trevor McDonald OBE was born and educated in Trinidad in the West Indies where his career in the media began, first as a radio reporter, news presenter and sports journalist. On his first major assignment there, he was sent to London (1962) to report on talks at Malborough House which culminated in setting a date for Trinidad's Independence.

Trevor came to London in August 1969 to work as a Producer in the BBC Overseas Regional Service.  He went on to produce Current Affairs programmes for… 

Sir Trevor McDonald OBE was born and educated in Trinidad in the West Indies where his career in the media began, first as a radio reporter, news presenter and sports journalist. On his first major assignment there, he was sent to London (1962) to report on talks at Malborough House which culminated in setting a date for Trinidad's Independence.

Trevor came to London in August 1969 to work as a Producer in the BBC Overseas Regional Service.  He went on to produce Current Affairs programmes for the BBC WORLD Service and in that capacity worked on the initiation of a number of shows like THE WORLD TODAY which are still part of the BBC World Service schedule.

In 1973 he joined ITN as a General Reporter. His first major assignment was in Northern Ireland where he covered the Province's ' troubles' for more than a decade.

Covering sport and politics Trevor McDonald travelled to Argentina, Australia and the West Indies before becoming Diplomatic Correspondent and Presenter of Channel Four News in 1982. In that capacity he reported from every Continent, covering events and conducting interviews in Egypt, Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, India, Pakistan, Japan, New Zealand, Mexico, South Africa, the Soviet Union and Hong Kong.

When not working abroad, Trevor McDonald began his career as an ITN Presenter. He has anchored every ITN News programme - from what used to be the News at One, the News at 5.40 and 6.30 to the flagship and award winning News At Ten.

Trevor became the first sole Presenter of News At Ten in 1992 and anchored the Late Evening News until December 2005. By then he had received more awards than any other news broadcaster in Britain.  His awards include the Richard Dimbleby Award for Outstanding Contribution to Television from BAFTA, the Royal Television Society Gold Medal for his Outstanding Contribution to Television News (1998), the National Television Award for Outstanding Commitment to Television (2003) presented to him on live television by the then Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and the Royal Television Society’s Judges’ Award (2005). He was named Newscaster of the year in 1993, 1997 and 1999 and has regularly topped the polls as the most authoritative and trustworthy news presenter. He has received Honorary Degrees from at least eight Universities

From 1999 to December 2007 Trevor presented ITV's bi weekly flagship Current Affairs programme, Tonight, during which time he interviewed President Bush on two occasions and political figures like Tony Blair, Secretary of State Rice, Hilary Clinton and other senior politicians.
In January 2008 Trevor returned to ITV News to co-present the re-launched News at Ten.

Trevor McDonald’s Secret Caribbean was broadcast earlier this year on ITV1.  Trevor has also recently presented Car Crime UK for ITV1.

Trevor was awarded the OBE in 1992 and was awarded a Knighthood in 1999.


 

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