Peter Sissons in Conversation

PETER SISSONS has spent the last 45 years in the front of camera presenting the news for almost every terrestrial TV station. On Thursday the seasoned presenter will be at Coventry Conversations talking about his career in journalism and broadcasting.

He’s worked for ITN, Channel 4 News and BBC News during a 45 year career as a journalist before retiring in 2009 to concentrate on writing his memoirs.

He first appeared on British screens in 1976 when he began anchoring ITN’s News At One until the programme was dropped by ITV, at which point he left for the BBC where he hosted the 9 O’Clock News, 10 O’Clock News, then later presented weekend afternoon on BBC News and News 24 Sunday.

Peter’s awards include being named by the Broadcasting Press Guild as the “Best Front of Camera Performer” in 1984, and the Royal Television Society’s “Judges Award” for his work on the Channel Four News, during the seven years in which it won three consecutive BAFTA award.

His career hasn’t been free of controversy however. In 2002 Peter announced the death of the Queen Mother and was criticized for wearing a burgundy tie instead of a black one. More recently Sissons spoke critically about the new generation of news readers and reflected negatively on the modern newsroom, saying it wasn’t the ‘ideas factory’ he had originally joined, rather that is has become a place where news is processed.

Peter will be speaking at Coventry Conversations on Thursday in a talk entitled the title of the talk “46 years on TV and they hand you a maroon tie”.

The Talk takes place at 1pm in Room ETG 34 of the Ellen Terry Building Jordan Well, Coventry city centre.

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