Sir Trevor McDonald OBE,

born George McDonald in 1939 in Trinidad, is an accomplished journalist and television presenter. He began his career in 1962 in Trinidad. In 1969 he moved to London to work for BBC radio. He joined ITN as a reporter in 1973 and steadily rose to become a newsreader.

Sir Trevor was the first Black news anchor in the UK and has won more awards than any other British broadcaster. He has been an anchor for the ITV News at Ten from 1992 to 1999; followed by ITN’s Evening News and Late Night News until 2005; and presented ‘Tonight with Trevor McDonald’, which was launched in 1999. He has interviewed such prominent world figures as former US President Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela and Saddam Hussein.

In 1992 he received an OBE in the Queen's Honours List, and received a Knighthood in 1999 for services to journalism.

An avid cricket fan, Sir Trevor has autobiographies on cricketers Clive Lloyd and Viv Richards. His own biography, 'Fortunate Circumstances', was published in 1993.

Sir Trevor stepped down from his role as anchor after more than 30 years at ITN, but said he had no plans to retire completely from television. In January 2008, he came out of retirement to present the relaunched News at Ten. He told a UK newspaper: "I couldn’t turn down the move back to that iconic time slot."

We in the West Indies saw ourselves only through the refracted lens of the metropolitan scene. You couldn't be recognised unless you were part of English history. The mother country was the place where it all happened. But things have changed and we see there were worthwhile contributions from across the world.

2005 Independent Newspapers