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Peter Snow

Peter Snow was born in Dublin, the son of a British army officer and the daughter of an Irish surgeon. He was at school in England and did his National service in 1956-8 in the Somerset Light infantry. He then went to Balliol College Oxford where he did a degree in Classics, Ancient History and Philosophy.

In 1962 he joined ITN as a script-writer and reporter and began newscasting the same year. He was appointed Diplomatic and Defence Correspondent in 1966, and for the next decade reported from all round… 

Peter Snow was born in Dublin, the son of a British army officer and the daughter of an Irish surgeon. He was at school in England and did his National service in 1956-8 in the Somerset Light infantry. He then went to Balliol College Oxford where he did a degree in Classics, Ancient History and Philosophy.

In 1962 he joined ITN as a script-writer and reporter and began newscasting the same year. He was appointed Diplomatic and Defence Correspondent in 1966, and for the next decade reported from all round the world. In 1970 he wrote Leila's Hijack War with a journalist colleague, David Phillips, - a fast paper back telling the story of the international crisis that was caused by the Palestinian guerrillas who hijacked three airliners and blew them up on a desert airstrip. In 1972 he wrote the Biography of King Hussein of Jordan.

Peter Snow also covered elections and other live political programmes for ITN until he left in 1979 to join the BBC. There he was one of the first presenters of NEWSNIGHT when it began in January 1980, and went on to cover elections and other live political events for the BBC until 2005. He left Newsnight to present TOMORROW'S WORLD in 1997. He presented it until 2001 with filming trips to America, Europe, Japan and New Zealand. In 2001/2, he was involved in a range of BBC programmes hosting the America's Cup programme for BBC sport, "The Abyss" for BBC Natural History, and "What the World thinks of America" for BBC News.

In 2002, he made a programme for BBC 2 with his son, Dan, a historian, to mark the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Alamein: Battleplan. This led to them both presenting two further series Battlefield Britain, 8 battles from Boudicca to the Battle of Britain, aired in 2004, and "20th Century Battlefields" for transmission in spring 2007. Dan and Peter also presented Whose Britain is it anyway, the story of the ownership of the countryside in 2006, and are completing a review of the British economy for early 2007.

Peter Snow has presented MASTERTEAM, a quiz game, on Radio 4, and Random Edition a review of the newspapers from a day in history chosen at random. At the Royal Television Society in 1998 he won the Judges Award for services to broadcasting. He was awarded the CBE for services to broadcasting in 2006.
 

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