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Channel 4 are to celebrate the life and career of former Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow in a new one-off documentary later this year.

Jon began his career in journalism for Independent Radio News, LBC in 1973. He started at ITN in 1976 and served as Washington correspondent (1983–1986) and as diplomatic editor (1986–1989) before becoming the main presenter of Channel 4 News in 1989.

Since then, he has travelled the world to cover the news – from the fall of Idi Amin in Uganda; the Revolution in Iran as well as interviews with its leaders; the wars in Iraq and conflicts in Israel and the Palestinian territories, the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan; the fall of the Berlin Wall; the release of Nelson Mandela; earthquakes in Kashmir, Japan and Haiti; and the elections of Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, Tony Blair and Barack Obama to name but a few.

His many awards include the Richard Dimbleby BAFTA award for Best Factual Contribution to UK Television (2005), and Royal Television Society awards for Journalist of the Year (2006) and a five times winner of Presenter of the Year. In 2015 Jon was honoured with a BAFTA Fellowship – the highest accolade BAFTA gives for "outstanding and exceptional contribution" to the film, television and games industry

He was also made an Honorary Graduate by the University of Liverpool in 2011, by Sussex University in 2015 and by Keele University in 2018.

In 2017 Jon delivered the prestigious MacTaggart lecture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival and called out organisations for lack of diversity across the media and said news providers had to become more diverse in order to reflect the population more accurately.

A source told The Sun: "It’s the perfect tribute for Jon. He’s Channel 4’s longest-serving presenter and a much-loved colleague, so they felt it was fitting he should be the focus of a documentary. Jon’s done so much to put Channel 4 on the map and has such a fascinating career, they had so much material."

More details will be revealed in due course.


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