One of Britain’s most recognised broadcasters, Sir Trevor McDonald OBE, is to host the prestigious NFRN Awards which are taking place during the Federation’s Centenary Dinner at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on the evening of Tuesday February 12.
Sir Trevor is probably best known as a news presenter on ITV’s flagship and award winning News at Ten, but in recent years he has presented a number of documentaries for ITV1, including Secret Caribbean, Secret Mediterranean, The Mighty Mississippi, Inside Death Row, Women Behind Bars, The Mafia and Mafia Women, Death Row: The New Arrivals, James Bulger: A Mother’s Story, Martyn Luther King, Sir Trevor McDonald: Return to South Africa and To Catch A Serial Killer.
In May 2018 to coincide with the nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Sir Trevor co-presented Invitation to a Royal Wedding, an ITV documentary that focused on Royal weddings over the years.
Sir Trevor has conducted the most important television interviews of his time: with Libyan President Colonel Gaddafi, with the former PLO leader Yasser Arafat, with President Bill Clinton, and Secretary of State Colin Powell along with a number of American Presidential candidates and Congressional leaders.
He was the first sole presenter of News At Ten in 1992 and anchored the Late Evening News until December 2005. By then he had received more awards than any other news broadcaster in Britain, including the Richard Dimbleby Award for Outstanding Contribution to Television from BAFTA, the Royal Television Society Gold Medal for his Outstanding Contribution to Television News (1998), the National Television Award for Outstanding Commitment to Television (2003) presented to him on live television by the then Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and the Royal Television Society’s Judges’ Award (2005). He was named Newscaster of the year in 1993, 1997 and 1999 and has regularly topped the polls as the most authoritative and trustworthy news presenter. He has received Honorary Degrees from at least eight Universities.
From 1999 to December 2007 Sir Trevor presented ITV’s big weekly flagship Current Affairs programme, Tonight, during which time he interviewed President Bush on two occasions, Tony Blair, Hilary Clinton and other senior politicians.
The following January Sir Trevor returned to ITV News, for one year, to co-present the re-launched News at Ten.
For his services to journalism, Sir Trevor was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 1999. He had previously been awarded the OBE in the News Year’s Honours List for 1992.
Always a highlight in the independent retail sector’s calendar, the 2019 NFRN Awards are even more important this year as they will be presented during a special dinner to celebrate the NFRN’s centenary.
As well as nine awards that recognise the best independent retailers and shops across the UK and Ireland, there will be some special awards to mark the NFRN’s 100th anniversary.
National President Mike Mitchelson said: “The NFRN Awards are already an industry highlight but this year they are even more special as they are taking place during our Centenary Dinner. We are delighted that Sir Trevor will be joining us on this truly special occasion.”