Entertainment & Arts

Veteran reporter Allan Little to leave the BBC

Allan Little
Image caption Allan Little led the BBC's coverage of the Scottish independence referendum

Veteran reporter Allan Little, who covered the first Gulf War and the Rwandan genocide, has announced he will leave the BBC at the end of 2014.

He started his BBC career in 1983 as a researcher in Glasgow before joining the Today programme, specialising in foreign reporting.

As a correspondent in Johannesburg, Moscow and Paris, he won several awards for his reports and documentaries.

His departure will be "felt deeply", the BBC said in a statement.

Jonathan Munro, the BBC's head of newsgathering, thanked Little for his "immeasurable contribution".

Mr Munro said: "His career has defined a generation of superb, committed journalists and, in doing so, burnished the reputation of BBC News."

Image caption His 1995 book The Death of Yugoslavia accompanied the television series of the same name

In the early 1990s, Little reported on the Gulf War from Baghdad and Kuwait and covered the Shia rebellions in southern Iraq.

In 1991, he was despatched to the former Yugoslavia, where he spent the next four years reporting on the conflict in the region.

He regularly reported from The Hague on the trial of Slobodan Milosovic, Radovan Karadzic and, most recently, Ratko Mladic.

Little moved to Johannesburg in 1995 for a two-year stint as South Africa correspondent.

Image caption Little interviewed Archbishop Desmond Tutu during his time in South Africa

During this time, he reported on the aftermath of the genocide in Rwanda, the fall of President Mobutu and the outbreak of the Ebola virus in Zaire.

Between 1997 and 1999, Little was the BBC's Moscow correspondent, covering the political and economic upheaval of President Boris Yeltsin's regime.

He then worked as the BBC's Africa correspondent from 2000 to 2001 and as the Paris correspondent from 2001 to 2005.

Image caption Little returned to Moscow in 2008 to reflect on the Russian presidential elections with Mikhail Gorbachev

In 2012, Little received the coveted British Journalism Review Charles Wheeler Award for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcast Journalism.

In his more recent role as a BBC special correspondent, he has reported widely on devolution and the questions around Scottish independence.

Related Topics

More on this story

Around the BBC