ALASTAIR STEWART

Alastair Stewart



Alastair Stewart is main presenter of London News Network's flagship news and features programme LONDON TONIGHT. In February 2005 Alastair was awarded Presenter of the Year at the prestigious Royal Television Society Television Journalism Awards.

He also co-presented LWT's MISSING Programme for the ITV Network. Alastair presents GMTV's SUNDAY PROGRAMME, a news and current affairs magazine programme, interviewing the week's top news-makers. He also presents POLICE CAMERA ACTION for the ITV Network which achieved Carlton's highest rating for a factual programme.

Before joining LNN, he was a presenter of ITN's NEWS AT TEN, a role he resumed in 1991 following a year in the United States as ITN's Washington correspondent.

Four days after returning from his assignment in Washington, he was sent to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, to anchor ITN's coverage of the Gulf War. He presented NEWS AT TEN, live from Saudi Arabia for two months. At the end of February 1991, Alastair was the first British television reporter to broadcast, live, from the liberated Kuwait City. He presented NEWS AT TEN from Kuwait for a week before returning to the UK.

Alastair subsequently presented Scottish TV's special coverage of the Gulf War Service of Thanksgiving, attended by HM The Queen, for ITV network.

He originally joined NEWS AT TEN in May 1989 from ITN's NEWS AT ONE, which he presented from September 1986. Before that he spent three years as a presenter and reporter with ITN's CHANNEL FOUR NEWS. He was also the presenter of ITN's THE PARLIAMENT PROGRAMME for Channel Four. He is one of the very few people who has, at one time or another, presented all of ITN's main News programmes.

Alastair joined ITN at the Industrial Correspondent in 1980 and had his first taste of news-casting one year later.

ITN's network coverage of the 1992 Budget saw the ninth year of Alastair's involvement in the presentation of this special programme for ITV. It was his fifth year anchoring the programme having taken over the role from Sir Alastair Burnet.

Alastair co-anchored ITN's network coverage of the 1997 and 1992 General Elections, with Jon Snow, and the 1987 General Election with Sir Alastair Burnet.

He has also provided the commentary for many of ITN's other special programmes on the ITV network including the State Openings of Parliament, numerous by-elections, State Visits and for the Royal Weddings of the Prince and Princess of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of York.

Alastair provided live commentary of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster as the details of the tragedy unfolded. A two minute news-flash became an unscripted, one hour special programme.

He also anchored, with Sandy Gall, ITN's award winning coverage on the night of the bombing of the Pan Am jet over Locherbie; he also presented ITV's network coverage of the Memorial Service for the victims.

His career in television started in 1976 with ITV's south of England company, Southern Television, in Southampton. He was a reporter, industrial correspondent, presenter and documentary maker. He recorded one of the last interviews with Lord Mountbatten, and even spent six weeks in Ford Open Prison to make a half-hour documentary.

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