Harry returned to Look North in 1999 after a five
year break from the programme.
He strongly believes that the viewer must feel
at home with the person they invite into their home every night, when they turn
on their television.
"But the poor souls get me looking back at them!"
During Harry’s break from this region, he tried out a professional job with
a sport he’d followed for years: rugby league..
In 1994, he became their
Public Affairs Executive .....and returned to broadcasting soon after. It is,
he says, a year he'll always remember!
BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Match of the Day and Grandstand grabbed him and
then followed four years with South Today where this northern boy was taken right
into the hearts of those southerners!
Harry has never followed a normal
He was a history teacher in Yorkshire, and he used school
holidays to do match reports for BBC Radio Leeds and BBC Radio Humberside.
His natural talent was soon spotted and he took a gamble, giving up the teaching
for a three month contract as sports editor of Radio Leeds.
There was no stopping him of course – he became a regular reporter and commentator
for the BBC’s Olympic and Commonwealth Games coverage, travelling the world for
his profession - most recently at the 2000 Olympics.
Harry has presented
Grandstand and Sportsnight, and has won two Royal Television Society Awards for
his sports documentaries: White Rose in Africa (1992), and Dickie Bird – A Rare
A favourite place
You’d find me in Scarborough - walking the sands along the North Bay, to be precise.
I love seaside towns - their smells, their
look. The North Sea is hardly glamorous but it always has something to offer.
It never looks the same. Every season it’s different.
And at the North
Bay you can almost forget the noise of the tourist amusements to enjoy it as the
Victorians must have done.
But then if I really want to forget noise,
Robin Hood's Bay is the place to go, with fish and chips at Whitby forming my
A brisk healthy walk followed by zillions of calories
wrapped in newspaper. You can’t beat it.
been to 7 Olympic Games in his career - 5 Summer, 2 Winter.
The most recent
was Athens in 2004 where he covered for the third time Judo,wrestling and Taekwondo.
In the Winters his most daunting challenge was to do one and half hours of commentary
on Cross Country skiing In Nagano ( Japan) when all the other events had been
cancelled. This went out at 2.30am in the Morning
He has covered virtually
every sport in his career which also includes the Soccer World Cup, Wimbledon
and Open Golf . In the mid 1980's he also presented Grandstand, Sportsnight and
even a Grand Prix special as well as occasional Match of the Day's.
1997 he won the RTS Sports Documentary for "Dickie Bird - A Rare species"
and in 92 Look North captured the regional award for "White Rose in Africa"
openly admits that working alongside Christa and Paul is great fun.
on Look North has got to be my dream job.Yorkshire folk tell it to you straight,
in the street, on the phone, to your face! As they say you can tell a Yorkshireman,
but not much!"