Michael was a founding member of the Channel 4 News team when the programme launched in 1982. Then, he was Washington correspondent.

He joined the BBC in 1990, working first on Panorama and, from 1992, on Newsnight.

Michael has won two RTS awards - one for his coverage of the 1988 US election, and one for a special Panorama programme on the life of Jeffrey Archer.

He has written several books - including biographies of Alex Ferguson, Jeffrey Archer and Michael Howard. Richard Nixon famously said that whilst visiting the Oxford Union in 1978, his toughest question came from Michael, then a student.