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Peter Sissons Bio – Peter Sissons Wiki
Peter Sissons born Peter George Sissons was an English broadcast journalist. He was the presenter of the BBC Nine O’Clock News and the BBC Ten O’Clock News between 1993 and 2003. Before joining BBC he earlier worked as a newscaster for ITN providing bulletins on ITV and Channel 4. Sissons also presented the BBC’s Question Time programme. He retired from the BBC on June 12, 2009.
Sissons attended the Dovedale Junior School with John Lennon and Jimmy Tarbuck. He passed the eleven-plus and attended the Liverpool Institute for Boys from 1953 to 1961 with the theatre producer Bill Kenwright, the politician Steven Norris, and Beatles George Harrison and Paul McCartney. He later studied at University College, Oxford, where he was Treasurer of the University College Players.
Sissons joined ITN in 1964, working his way up to the role of journalist. He was wounded by gunfire whilst covering the Biafran War in 1968, sustaining severe nerve damage in his left leg. After recovering from his injuries, he became ITN’s Industrial Editor where he covered many high-profile industrial disputes during the 1970s. In 1976, Sissons joined the list of presenters of ITN’s lunchtime News at One bulletin alternating with Leonard Parkin. He also co-presented ITN’s election night programmes in 1983 (with Sir Alastair Burnet and Martyn Lewis) and in 1987 (with Burnet and Alastair Stewart).
In 1982, Sissons, along with Trevor McDonald and Sarah Hogg, presented the first edition of Channel 4 News. He remained on the programme for seven years, anchoring the only debate between National Union of Mineworkers leader Arthur Scargill and National Coal Board leader Ian MacGregor during the Miners’ Strike. He was also the presenter on the night of the Lockerbie bombing in December 1988. In early 1989, Sissons received a death threat following his interview of an Iranian representative as part of the reaction surrounding the publication of The Satanic Verses, with the fatwa covering Salman Rushdie extended to cover him as well.
Sissons left ITN in 1989 to join the BBC.
In June 1989, Sissons took over from Sir Robin Day as the presenter of Question Time on BBC. He continued until December 1993, when he was followed by David Dimbleby. He co-presented BBC’s 1992 General Election Night coverage with David Dimbleby and Peter Snow.
Sissons worked for ITN, Channel 4 News and BBC News, where he hosted the BBC Nine O’Clock News and the Ten O’Clock News. He was dropped from this position in January 2003. He reportedly accused the BBC of ageism in response to its decision to remove him from the bulletin.
Sissons subsequently presented weekend afternoons on BBC News, the corporation’s 24-hour rolling news channel, although he still occasionally appeared on the Ten O’Clock News when Huw Edwards, Fiona Bruce and Darren Jordon were unavailable until 2004. Sissons also presented News 24 Sunday, the replacement for Andrew Marr’s BBC One programme The Andrew Marr Show when it was off air during the summer. He also occasionally presented weekend bulletins on BBC One. On June 12, 2009, Sissons announced his intention to retire in the summer in order to write his memoirs.
Peter Sissons Age
He was born on July 17, 1942 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England. He died on Tuesday, October 1 2019 at the age of 77 in Maidstone, Kent, England.
Peter Sissons Wife
Until his death on October 1, 2019, he was married to his wife Sylvia Bennett who they got married in 1965 and lived together until his demise.
Peter Sissons Children
Together with his wife Sylvia, they had three children named Kate Sissons, Michael Sissons and Jonathan Sissons.
Peter Sissons Family
He was married to his wife Sylvia Bennett from 1965 to his death on October 1, 2019. They have three children who are all grown up and engaged in their profession. One of their children Kate is an actress.
Peter Sissons Parents
He was the son of Merchant Navy officer George Robert Percival Sissons his father and his mother Elsie. He had three other siblings.
Peter Sissons Death
He was born on July 17 1942 and on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, at the age of 77 at the Maidstone Hospital in Kent. The Director-General of the BBC Tony Hall hailed him as “one of the great television figures of his time”. Other tributes to Sissons were paid by Tony Blair, Piers Morgan, Simon McCoy, and Jon Snow.
The BBC director general, Tony Hall, said: “Peter Sissons was one of the great television figures of his time – as an interviewer, presenter and world-class journalist. During his distinguished career he was one of the most recognizable and well-respected faces of television news.
“He was always a great person to be with and to work with. He will be missed by his many friends and colleagues, and our thoughts are with his family.”
Peter Sissons Cause of Death
His cause of death is still currently unknown.
Peter Sissons Autobiography
Following his retirement,he published his autobiography in 2011 known as When One Door Closes in which he was highly critical of his former employer, the BBC. He argued that the organisation had a left-wing mindset “in its very DNA” and that the BBC News had a bias towards New Labour, the United Nations, the European Union, environmental groups, Islam, ethnic minorities and women. He claimed that “I am in no doubt that the majority of BBC staff vote for political parties of the Left”. Sissons also highlighted the BBC’s corresponding bias towards the Independent and Guardian newspapers, stating “producers refer to them routinely for the line to take on running stories, and for inspiration on which items to cover.”
Peter Sissons Queen Mother
In 2002, Sissons announced the death of the Queen Mother on the BBC. This broadcast created a major controversy, as he wore a burgundy tie as opposed to a black one, deemed more appropriate by tradition for such news. He later defended his action.
Peter Sissons Height
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Peter Sissons Net Worth
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