Andrew Bomford has been a reporter for the PM programme since 1999. During that time he has investigated a large number of stories ranging from an exposure of a corrupt solicitor to revelations about how fake language schools help foreign students obtain fraudulent visas to enter Britain. In late 2006 Andrew travelled to Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina to make a documentary programme for the BBC in which he tracked down and exposed an international money launderer.
Andrew has reported from many countries for the PM programme and Broadcasting House, including one hair-raising trip to Somalia which required the protection of twelve armed men. He’s also reported from Pakistan, Nigeria, and America on numerous occasions.
Andrew says there have been many personal highlights, but they include an invitation to a very grand state dinner with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at a royal palace in Riyadh, a moment of black comedy chasing chickens around a hillside in Turkey dressed like a spaceman during a bird flu outbreak, and a memorable journey along the entire length of the Mississippi River during the 2004 US presidential campaign. Another moment which he says felt like a dream but was actually real was when Broadcasting House sent him to the south of France to investigate the future of the French wine industry. Somewhere in between numerous vineyards it took a moment to remember that this was actually work.
Before joining the PM programme Andrew was a general reporter for BBC News, working for News 24 and other television and radio outlets. He also spent five years working for Independent Radio News and its parent company ITN. Among the stories he covered there was the Cromwell Street murders in Gloucester carried out by Fred and Rosemary West and the subsequent trial of Rosemary West, for which he won he won two major awards at the International Radio Festival in New York.
Andrew also spent four years working as a reporter in Hong Kong, arriving there during the turmoil associated with the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing, and worked widely in countries all over south-east Asia. His first job was as a reporter at Piccadilly Radio, Manchester which followed an English degree and a post graduate course in journalism. He is married with two children and enjoys cooking and walking.