Michael Buerk, Veteran BBC TV Journalist, Correspondent, Anchor
Michael Buerk is one of Britain’s leading broadcast journalists. He has worked as a BBC news correspondent and presenter for more than thirty years. He anchored the BBC’s main evening television news programme from 1989 to 2003. He continues to present the corporation’s news programmes in combination with several major television documentaries, news assignments overseas, radio series for BBC Radio 4 and presenting special events for the BBC.
He currently chairs the Radio 4 programme on ethical issues the Moral Maze and the Radio 4 programme on individual dilemmas The Choice. Apart from broadcasting, he lectures on international issues and environmental matters and chairs conferences on current affairs and business issues.
He is also known for his career as a foreign correspondent for the BBC during which he probably won more international awards for television reporting than any other British journalist. Several of them came from his coverage of the Ethiopian famine in 1984/5. His films alerted the world to the tragedy. They were shown worldwide to an audience of hundreds of millions (they were shown in the United States on the NBC network). They led directly to a massive international relief effort valued in billions of dollars, to Band Aid and Live Aid, which it is estimated saved over a million lives.
Michael was named Television Journalist of the Year by the Royal Television Society in 1985, and won a second Royal Television Society award that year for foreign reporting. He has won the British Academy for Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for factual broadcasting. He has won Europe’s premiere award for news and documentary television, the Monte Carlo Film and Television Festival Golden Nymph. In the United States, he won the George Polk and National Headliner awards, two of the three leading prizes for broadcast journalists.
He has reported for the BBC in more than sixty countries. He was the BBC’s man in Buenos Aires during the Falklands war, and for four years. he was the BBC correspondent in South Africa at the violent climax of the struggle against apartheid..
Apart from his role as a BBC newscaster, he is best known in Britain for presenting the peak tme programme about emergencies 999. The programme ran through 15 series between 1991 and 2002 and, for mch of that time, was the BBC’s most popular factual television programme.
Michael Buerk is scheduled to sail on the following voyage(s) (subject to change):