Profile: Peter Snow


Peter studied at Balliol College, Oxford, where he read a degree in Classics, Ancient History and Philosophy. In 1962 he joined ITN as a scriptwriter and reporter and began news-casting the same year. He was appointed Diplomatic and Defence Correspondent in 1966, and for the next decade reported from all round the world. He also covered elections and other live political programmes for ITN until he left in 1979 to join the BBC.

There he was one of the first presenters of Newsnight when it began in January 1980, and went on to cover elections and other live political events for the BBC until 2005. He left Newsnight to present Tomorrow’s World in 1997. In 2002 he made a programme for BBC TWO with his historian son, Dan, to mark the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Alamein, and they have since co-presented several further series.

Peter is married to Ann MacMillan of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. They have six children - three sons and three daughters. He enjoys sailing, skiing, and model railways.

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Memorable Quotes

There was definitely a disconnect between what I was doing and what the orchestra was doing - most strange.

I just hope that some of the excitement and enthusiasm that I have for music in my head will somehow translate itself to the orchestra, but I’ve no idea what’s going to happen.

The problem you’ve got is that you’ve got 60 musicians sitting there in front of you and they’re all looking to you for the beat, the tempo, and the trouble is when you give them the tempo they seem to be behind you – it’s unbelievably complicated. I understand from my mentor it will all come right on the night!

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