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Sir Trevor McDonald, native to Trinidad and currently living in London, is Britain's most well-known and well-respected television news presenter. His television career began in 1962 in Trinidad, where he moved into the realms of television after starting out with newspaper and radio work. His first television role involved reading the daily news each night, as well as interviewing on a current affairs programme.



In 1969, Trevor joined the BBC World Service, and joined ITV news as a reporter in 1973. 5 years later, he became their Sports Correspondent, and was involved in ITV's coverage of the 1978 Soccer World Cup, as well as many other significant sporting events..



In 1980, he became ITV News' Diplomatic Correspondent, and reported from a variety of world locations, including the USA, the Middle East, and the EC. Through the 80s, he held Diplomatic roles for Channel 4 News, eventually becoming Diplomatic Editor of the programme. Then in 1989, he became presenter of News programmes on both Channel 4 and ITV..



In 1990, he began to present the ITN News At Ten, and then from 1999-2001 he presented the ITV Evening News at 6.30pm. When News At Ten returned to British TV screens in 2001, he returned to the presenter's chair. In addition to news presenting, Trevor presents ITV's current affairs programme "Tonight With Trevor McDonald". He has also hosted his own chat show, "Trevor McDonald Meets..." which was initially only available on ITV's digital channel, but became available terrestrially also..



Trevor's roles as a presenter and reporter have covered a vast spectrum of events, and from a wide range of locations all over the world. Some of his assignments have won awards; his coverage of the Philippine Elections in 1985 won a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Award for Channel 4 News..



Trevor has also conducted several important interviews during his British television career. In 1990, he carried out the first British television interviews with Nelson Mandela, in Johannesburg, as well as the first with Saddam Hussein, in Baghdad (just prior to the Gulf War)..



As a result of his dedication to the British news service and his excellence, Trevor's efforts have been recognised by several universities. He has been awarded an Honourary Degree of Doctor of Letters by some of these, as well as other honours, including Chancellor of the South Bank University in 1999. He was also named Chairman of the Nuffield Foundation, following his work to encourage improved use of English in schools and the workplace..



Trevor has received more awards than any other newscaster in Britain. He has been named Newscaster Of The Year three times, and won a Royal Television Society Gold Medal in 1998, for his incredible contribution to TV news. In 1999, he also won the BAFTA Richard Dimbleby Award for Outstanding Contribution to Television, a highly prestigious prize. In 2001, the nation's love of Trevor was further proclaimed as he was voted 'Most Trusted TV Celebrity' in a Radio Times-comissioned poll..



In 1992, he was awarded the OBE in the New Year's Honours List, which was followed in 1999 by a Knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours List..



The world's greatest newscaster has also been involved with several books. In the mid-80s, he wrote biographies of 2 West Indian cricketers, Viv Richards and Clive Lloyd. Shortly after, he co-wrote "The Queen and the Commonwealth", following his programme of the same name which was made to commemorate the Queen's 60th birthday..



Trevor also has an autobiography, titled "Fortunate Circumstances", which was published in 1993. He is also very keen on poetry, and has published two anthologies, titled "Favourite Poems" and "Trevor McDonald's World Of Poetry", both in the late 90s..



In his free time, Trevor enjoys playing tennis and golf. He is a keen cricket fan, and is a member of Surrey County Cricket Club.