11 May 2015

Jon Snow honoured with Bafta Fellowship award

Channel 4 News anchor Jon Snow has been honoured with the Bafta Fellowship at the prestigious television awards.

Fellows previously honoured for their work in television include Michael Palin, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, Bruce Forsyth, Melvyn Bragg and David Attenborough. Julie Walters received the fellowship at last year’s television awards.

Picking up the award, Jon said: “I want to thank the people I work with. We are as nothing as individual television journalists without the team we work with. I didn’t think I and Coronation Street would forge a bond tonight, but we have.

“We are both team operations and I am totally dependent on my cameraman and woman, my editors. We are nothing without them. It is a team effort.

“We are living in the golden age of journalism. This is the best and finest time ever to be a journalist. You can speak truth to power because you can prove it as never before.”

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With a career spanning over 40 years in the industry, Jon has become one of the most highly respected and prolific news broadcasters in Britain. Starting his career on the first day LBC Radio began broadcasting in 1973, Jon went on to join ITN in 1976 as the Washington correspondent.

He has since travelled the world covering the news, from the release of Nelson Mandela and the fall of the Berlin Wall to Barack Obama’s inauguration as President of the United States and the earthquake in Haiti.

He has been presenting the Channel 4 News for over 25 years, reporting from every war and current affairs event and interviewing some of the highest profile statesmen, politicians and personalities. He has also presented numerous televised public debates, including Russell Brand on UK Drug Laws and the series Drugs Live.

Anne Morrison, Chair of Bafta, said: “Jon Snow has become one of the most iconic and successful broadcast journalists of our time. With his innate ability to engage with audiences, his leadership of the flagship Channel 4 news programme and career spanning over 40 years at ITN, Jon is an inspiration across the industry and a very worthy recipient of this year’s Fellowship.”

A life in news – watch below Jon Snow’s Channel 4 News showreel from last night’s Bafta awards: