PETER Sissons, the famed newsreader and host of Question Time has died at the age of 77.
The journalist had been a newscaster with ITN before joining the BBC where he was the face of the nightly news bulletin between 1993 and 2003.
Who was Peter Sissons?
Peter George Sissons was born on July 17, 1942 in Liverpool.
He was the son of George Sissons, who was a merchant navy officer and his wife Elsie.
He studied at University College, Oxford where he was Treasurer of the University College Players.
The journalist had first begun his career in 1964, working as a writer with ITN before becoming a news reporter.
Sisson then went on to become a foreign correspondent in Biafra, where he was wounded by gunfire in 1968.
After his recovery, he became ITN’s Industrial Editor.
By 1978, he was presenting ITN’s News At One.
He moved to the Nine O’Clock News in 1994 and stayed with the programme until it moved to its new time of 10pm.
He was most well-known for breaking the news of the Queen Mother’s death in 2002.
But while he was praised for leading the BBC’s coverage, he also faced criticism for wearing a burgundy tie instead of a black one when making the announcement.
He retired from broadcasting in 2009 and was considered at the time to be one of the UK’s longest-serving news presenters.
The newsreader was named by the Broadcasting Press Guild as the Best Front of Camera Performer in 1984, also winning three consecutive BAFTA awards.
Sissons was also awarded the Royal Television Society’s Judges Award in 1988.
When did he present Question Time?
He took over the presenter role from Sir Robin Day in June 1989 and continued in the role until December 1993 when he was followed by David Dimbleby.
Sissons also co-presented the BBC’s General Election Night coverage in 1992 along with Peter Snow and David Dimbleby.
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He was dropped by the BBC as a news presenter in January 2003 and Sissons reportedly accused the BBC of ageism in response to its decision.
In June 2009 he announced his retirement and said he would write his memoirs.
His autobiography When One Door Closes, which criticised the BBC, was published in 2011.
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