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Life as the UK's first black TV reporter

As the UK's first black television reporter, Sir Trevor McDonald's interviewed Nelson Mandela, Saddam Hussein and has even danced on screne with Desmond Tutu.

Sir Trevor McDonald grew up in Trinidad, but when he got a job with the BBC World Service, he moved to the UK. He went on to become the first black television reporter and one of the country's most prominent presenters. Over the course of his career, he's interviewed Saddam Hussein, Colonel Gaddafi and even danced on screen with Desmond Tutu. He’s written a book about his life called An Improbable Life: The Autobiography. He spoke to Outlook’s Emily Webb.

Presenter: Emily Webb
Producer: Troy Holmes

Picture: Trevor McDonald in 1973
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