He began started out at the Belfast Telegraph at the age of 17. He then worked at the Guardian and the Observer, before succeeding John Simpson as political editor at the BBC in 1981.
I ended up on telly by accident. Us modern Presbyterians don't believe in predestination, but on this occasion I thought I'd give it a whizz. [on accepting the BBC post]
His Ulster accent and his overcoat
Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
Surrey, England, UK