Peter Sissons

Peter Sissons

After more than 40 years in journalism, 16 of which at the BBC, Peter Sissons has become one of the best-known faces on British TV.

In 1964 he joined ITN as a writer, becoming a reporter in 1967. He earned his foreign correspondent’s spurs in Biafra in 1968, where he was wounded by gunfire.

In 1969 he was appointed ITN’s news editor, becoming industrial correspondent a year later, and industrial editor in 1972. His first role as a news anchor came in 1978, when he began presenting ITN’s News at One.

When Channel 4 was launched in 1982, he was chosen to present their 7pm news programme and in 1984 he was named by the Broadcasting Press Guild as the Best Front of Camera Performer.

During his time as anchor, Channel Four News won three consecutive BAFTA awards, and in 1988 he was awarded the Royal Television Society’s Judges Awards for his work on the programme.

Peter joined the BBC in 1989 as presenter of Question Time, the BBC’s weekly political discussion forum, as well as joint presenter of the BBC’s Six O’clock News. He moved to The Nine O’clock News in January 1994 and stayed with the programme when it moved to its new time of 10pm.


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