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- Date and time Wed 16 Sep 2020 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
- Location Online
Sir Trevor McDonald OBE is one of the nation's favourite and most trusted newsreaders, presenter, investigative journalist and host. His incredible career has spanned decades and taken him all over the globe. Sir Trevor will be joining Professor Roger Kirby (RSM President) for an intriguing discussion about his career, and his new book An Improbable Life, which tells his life story through his in-depth experience of world events and vivid encounters with important political figures.
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About Sir Trevor
Sir Trevor 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, he was sent to London (1962) to report on talks at Malborough House which culminated in setting a date for Trinidad's Independence.
In 1969 Sir Trevor moved to London and in his early years was a Producer in the BBC Overseas Regional Service. In 1973 he moved to ITN and became a General Reporter and covered sport and politics. It was in 1982, when he moved to Channel Four News as a Diplomatic Correspondent, that he got the chance to report 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. During this time he also worked extensively in the United States reporting on the unfolding events at the United Nations during the Falklands War, and covered a number of Presidential and Congressional Campaigns.
When not working abroad, Sir Trevor began his career as an ITN Presenter. He has anchored every ITN News programme, and became a regular, iconic face on the flagship and award winning News At Ten. He has also presented countless documentaries for ITV1.
Over the years Sir Trevor conducted the most important television interviews of his time, including; Libyan President Colonel Gaddafi, former PLO leader Yasser Arafat, Tony Blair, President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Colin Powell, along with a number of American Presidential candidates and Congressional leaders. He also reported on Nelson Mandela's release and did the first British Television interview with the ANC leader for ITN. And he did the first, and still the only, British television interview with former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
By 2005 Sir Trevor had received more awards than any other news broadcaster in Britain, was named Newscaster of the year three times, and received Honorary Degrees from at least eight Universities. In 2011 Sir Trevor was awarded the Academy Fellowship at the TV BAFTAs, and awarded the BBC Grierson Trustees' Award in 2018.
Sir Trevor's extensive charity work
Sir Trevor has done charitable work for; the Prince's Trust, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Playing Fields Association, Sight Savers, the Royal National Institute for the Blind, the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Deaf (also known as Sound Seekers), Macmillan Cancer Research and the Leukaemia Trust.
He serves as Patron, Chairman, President or Vice President for a number of other charitable organisations including; National Children's Home (now Action for Children), the Shooting Star Children's Hospice, the Friends of Barnes Hospital, De Paul Trust and Missing People. He has also helped to promote the work of St John Ambulance, and organisations dealing with awareness of the problems surrounding Sickle Cell, Autism, and homelessness among young people.
He has travelled all over Britain in his capacity as Chairman of the Better English Campaign. He was Co-Chair of a Nuffield Foundation Inquiry into the Teaching of Foreign Languages in British Schools, for which he was honoured by the French and German Governments. Sir Trevor has been involved in a number of campaigns to encourage young children to read more widely, and speaks regularly to schools and colleges. He has also held the position of Chancellor of London South Bank University.
He is currently a Trustee of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and Opera Holland Park.
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