Michael Buerk

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Michael Buerk has probably won more international awards for television reporting than any other British journalist most notably for his coverage of the Ethiopian famine for BBC News in 1984/5. His reports filmed with the Nairobi-based cameraman, Mohamed Amin alerted the world to the extent of the tragedy. They were shown worldwide, to an audience of billions. They led directly to a massive international relief effort itself valued in billions of dollars, which was estimated to have saved well over a million lives.

He was named "Television Journalist of the Year" by the Royal Television Society in 1984 and won a second RTS award that year for foreign reporting. He has won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for factual broadcasting. He has been awarded the "Golden Nymph" at the Monte Carlo Film and Television Festival Europe's premier prize for television journalism and the United States "National Headliner" and "George Polk" awards, two of the three most important honours there for broadcasters.

In 1988 he was the third recipient of the James Cameron Memorial award, given for "work as a journalist that combined moral vision and professional integrity" in his coverage of the township uprising and state of emergency in South Africa.

He has reported for BBC TV News since 1973. He was a network reporter from 1973-1976, industrial correspondent (1976/7), Energy Correspondent (1977/9), Scotland Correspondent (1979/80), Special Correspondent (1980/2), Southern Africa Correspondent (1983/7).

He presented BBC Television's flagship news programme, The Ten O'clock News and he also presented the peak-time BBC 1 programme about emergencies, 999.

He is chairman of the BBC's discussion programme on moral and ethical issues The Moral Maze(BBC Radio 4). He has also presented The Choice for Radio 4, a single interview programme about individual dilemmas.

Michael has recently presented the day-time series Royal Recipes for BBC One. He has also presented a number of other major series including Discovering Britain for More 4, Britain’s Secret Treasures in conjunction with the British Museum, Britain’s Secret Homes, Pompeii with Michael Buerk and Inside the National Trust all for ITV. He has also reports for the investigative programme, Dispatches on Channel 4.

In addition he chairs, presents, reports for, and contributes to, a number of other television and radio programmes, mostly for the BBC. These have included major events such as the Royal Wedding of Prince Edward, the Eclipse and the BBC's Millennium night coverage, and also BBC1 docudrama Wren: The Man Who Built Britain and major BBC1 series Tobacco Wars and Soul of Britain and the three-part series The Hand of God in 2003. In 2005 he presented What Are Men For? as part of the Don't Get Me Started series on Channel Five. Michael also narrated the popular Sky1 series, Pineapple Dance Studios.

Michael's autobiography, The Road Taken, was published by in 2004.

Michael also chairs conferences and seminars and is a highly skilled conference facilitator and after dinner speaker. He has a wealth of experience hosting events and award ceremonies, both at home and abroad.

Contact Agent: info@knightayton.co.uk 

Michael Buerk has probably won more international awards for television reporting than any other British journalist most notably for his coverage of the Ethiopian famine for BBC News in 1984/5.

He was named "Television Journalist of the Year" by the Royal Television Society in 1984 and won a second RTS award that year for foreign reporting. He has won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for factual broadcasting. He has been awarded the "Golden Nymph" at the Monte Carlo Film and Television Festival Europe's premier prize for television journalism and the United States "National Headliner" and "George Polk" awards, two of the three most important honours there for broadcasters.

Michael chairs conferences and seminars and is a highly skilled conference facilitator and after dinner speaker. He has a wealth of experience hosting events and award ceremonies, both at home and abroad.

Michael Buerk BMA Conference 2015

Recent testimonials include:

Keynote speech at BMA Kitchens and Bathrooms Business Conference
As expected, Michael Buerk was the 'star of the show' and kept our delegates 'glued' with both of his wit and his outlook on the world. His references to the bathroom and kitchen industry were spot on.

Facilitating Education Global Business Summit
Michael was amazing !!!!

Facilitate Live Educational Webcast
Michael did a great job, so much so that they finished an hour early – fab!

Speech, Monaco, October 2011
Just a quick note to thank you again for a terrific lunch on Friday. Full inbox of congratulatory emails over the weekend prove everyone thoroughly enjoyed the occasion and your speech in particular.

National Rail Awards 2011
Michael was a pleasure to work with. He was lovely to have around during the day and we all felt completely at ease with him.

Audience response to your presentation:  Absolutely fantastic. We had some very positive comments from our guests and it was obvious from their reaction during the presentation that he had the perfect balance between sincerity and humour.

General Observations: I would have no problems at all in recommending Michael to other event organisers, he really was exceptional! 

Speaker and host of Pharmaceutical Awards
Lovely to work with you again this year, as ever you were fabulous so thanks very much.

Speech, Annual Consultation event
Your speech was intensely thought provoking, really bringing home to our members the ethical issues going on around the world.

The feedback from our members has been extremely positive, some rating this year’s Annual Consultation as the best they have been to. Thanks for helping us to make it such a success.

Facilitating, major accountant’s Masterclass
I wanted to drop you a line to say how much we enjoyed having Michael facilitate our conference on Tuesday. He was an excellent addition to the morning and helped the whole day become a success.   

Please pass on our thanks to Michael next time you speak to him, we hope to work with him again in the future. And thanks to you for helping us to secure the booking.  

Contact Agent: info@knightayton.co.uk


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