Media — 23 April 2013
Sir Trevor McDonald – Media

Born in 1939 in Trinidad, Sir Trevor is a British journalist and news anchor. He is notable for being the first news reader of black ethnicity in the UK. The eldest of four children, his father was a casual labourer in an oil refinery.

He read very widely, and participated and won numerous public speaking contests and he attributes this wins to his refined English which he learned by listening to the BBC. He began his career in 1962 working in various branches of the media including TV, radio and newspapers.

In 1969 he relocated to London to work for BBC Radio. A shift in 1973 to Independent Television News (ITN) saw his rise through the ranks to finally becoming a diplomatic editor and newsreader. Throughout his career, he has managed to conduct high profile TV interviews with prominent figures such as Nelson Mandela, former USA president Bill Clinton and Saddam Hussein. His detailed coverage of the 1985 Philippine elections won him acclaim.

Sir Trevor holds two honorary degrees, one from the University of Plymouth and the other from Liverpool John Moores University. He still holds the record for having more awards than any other British broadcaster. In 1999 he was knighted by the Queen for his services to the journalism sector and his most recent award is the BAFTA fellowship in 2011.

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