Buerk to host Regional Press Awards

By Maxine Clayman

Michael Buerk is to compere this year’s Regional Press Awards. The
winners will be chosen from the final shortlist produced by the judges,
which is published for the first time on page 8 of this week’s issue.

Buerk began his career in regional newspapers, working for the
Bromsgrove Messenger then the Western Mail before moving to the Daily
Mail. He returned to regional reporting when he ventured into the
broadcast arena, working for BBC Radio Bristol before becoming one of
the organisation’s key foreign correspondents. His coverage of the
Ethiopian famine in 1984 spurred Bob Geldof into organising Band Aid.

Buerk
then turned his hand to presenting, becoming one of the main anchors
for the BBC News and fronting other non-news programmes both on TV and
BBC Radio 4.

Since announcing his retirement from news presenting in 2002, Buerk has published his autobiography, The Road Taken.

The
Regional Press Awards are being held at the Hilton Hotel on Friday 1
July. For more information, contact Angie Webster on 020 8565 4392 or
email angiew@pressgazette.co.uk.

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