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Mar 26

Peter & Dan Snow

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An Audience with Peter & Dan Snow

DAN SNOW was born in London in 1978. He went to St Paul’s School where he was head boy, and Balliol College, Oxford, where he won a First Class Honours degree in History. He rowed in the Oxford Eight in the Boat Races 1999, 2000, when he was Captain, and 2001.

He was joint presenter with his father, Peter Snow, the veteran BBC broadcaster, of Battleplan: Alamein, the story of the British desert victory over the Germans in 1942. They went on to present Battlefield Britain, the story of eight great battles on British soil in 2004 and have presented 20th Century Battlefields on BBC 2 in spring 2007. He is joint author with his father, Peter, of Battlefield Britain, BBC books 2004, and 20th Century Battlefields, for publication by BBC books in spring 2007.

 

Dan and Peter also presented Whose Britain is it anyway? The story of the ownership of the countryside in 2006, and have completed a review of the British economy. Dan has also presented a number of shows on BBC1, including national live event programmes and the One Show during the summer of 2006. He is a regular contributor, as a historian, to BBC News.

 

PETER SNOW was born in Dublin, the son of a British army officer. He was at school in England and did his National service in 1956-8 in the Somerset Light infantry. He then went to Balliol College Oxford where he did a degree in Classics, Ancient History and Philosophy.

 

In 1962 he joined ITN as a script-writer and reporter and began newscasting the same year. He was appointed Diplomatic and Defence Correspondent in 1966, and for the next decade reported from all round the world. In 1970 he wrote “Leila’s Hijack War” with a journalist colleague, David Phillips, – a fast paper back telling the story of the international crisis that was caused by the Palestinian guerrillas who hijacked three airliners and blew them up on a desert airstrip. In 1972 he wrote the Biography of King Hussein of Jordan.

 

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. He presented it until 2001 with filming trips to America, Europe, Japan and New Zealand. In 2001/2, he was involved in a range of BBC programmes – hosting the America’s Cup programme for BBC sport, “The Abyss” for BBC Natural History, and “What the World thinks of America” for BBC News.  In 2002, he made a programme for BBC 2 with his son, Dan, a historian, to mark the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Alamein: Battleplan. This led to them both presenting two further series – “Battlefield Britain”, 8 battles from Boudicca to the Battle of Britain, aired in 2004, and “20th Century Battlefields” for transmission in spring 2007.  Dan and Peter also presented Whose Britain is it anyway? The story of the ownership of the countryside in 2006, and completed a review of the British economy. Peter has presented MASTERTEAM, a quiz game, on Radio 4, and Random Edition – a review of the newspapers from a day in history chosen at random. At the Royal Television Society in 1998 he won the Judges’ Award for services to broadcasting.

 

Peter is married to Ann MacMillan of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He has six children, three sons and three daughters. He enjoys sailing, skiing, and model railways. Peter received a CBE in the 2006 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for his services to broadcasting.

Peter Snow CBE

Peter Snow CBE is one of Britain’s best known journalists and broadcasters. Born in Dublin in 1938, he is the cousin of Channel 4 News’ Jon Snow and brother-in-law of historian-writer Margaret MacMilla.
Peter Snow started his broadcasting career at ITN in 1962 as a script-writer and reporter and began newscasting the same year. He was appointed Diplomatic and Defence Correspondent in 1966, and for the next decade reported from all round the world. In 1979 he moved to the BBC to become one of the first (and regular) presenters of Newsnight when it began in January 1980. After 18 years he retired from his post and went on to present Tomorrow’s World (from 1997 to 2001).
Peter is also well known for his inimitable style he brought to the live general election results broadcasts, presenting statistical analyses of the results using the “Swingometer”. In 2005 he announced he would be standing down from this to concentrate more on journalism.
In 2002, he made a programme for BBC TWO with his son, Dan, to mark the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Alamein: Battleplan. This led to them both presenting two further series – Battlefield Britain, featuring eight battles from Boudicca to the Battle of Britain which aired in 2004, and 20th century Battles (2006/7).
Peter currently presents Masterteam on BBC Radio 4 as well as Random Edition – a review of the newspapers from a day in history chosen at random.
Peter Snow is highly respected and much sought-after as a conference and business speaker as well as a presenter and conference facilitator/host. He is married to Ann MacMillan of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and has six children. He enjoys sailing, skiing, and model railways.

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