Highly respected international affairs Journalist
Highly experienced moderator, chair and conference host
Michael Buerk has probably won more international awards for television reporting than any other British journalist. He has presented the BBC's flagship Ten O'Clock News and currently chairs BBC Radio 4's discussion programme on moral and ethical issues, The Moral Maze.
Michael is best-known for his coverage of the Ethiopian famine for BBC News in 1984/5. His reports, filmed with the Nairobi-based cameraman Mohamed Amin, alerted the world to the extent of the tragedy. Shown worldwide to an audience of billions, they led directly to a massive international relief effort, itself valued in billions of dollars, which was estimated to have saved well over a million lives.
Michael was named "Television Journalist of the Year" by the Royal Television Society in 1984 and won a second RTS award that year for foreign reporting. He has also won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for factual broadcasting. He has been awarded the "Golden Nymph" at the Monte Carlo Film and Television Festival - Europe's premier prize for television journalism. In the US, he has won the "National Headliner" and "George Polk" awards, two of the three most important honours for broadcasters in America.
In 1988 he was the third recipient of the James Cameron Memorial award - given for "work as a journalist that combined moral vision and professional integrity" - for his coverage of the township uprising in South Africa.
Michael is also known for presenting BBC 1's programme about emergencies, 999, and also The Choice for Radio 4, an interview programme about individual dilemmas.
In addition, he has recently presented the day-time series Royal Recipes for BBC 1. He has also presented a number of other major series including Discovering Britain for More 4, Britain’s Secret Treasures (in conjunction with the British Museum), Britain’s Secret Homes, Pompeii with Michael Buerk and Inside the National Trust. He has also reported for the investigative programme, Dispatches, on Channel 4.
Michael is one of the most respected figures in international journalism, known for his professionalism, integrity and ability to use his medium to bring about positive change.
He's excellent as a speaker on international affairs, both in a keynote and after dinner setting, blending anecdotes from his career with penetrating insights about the direction the world is heading.
He is also a brilliant interviewer and conference chair.
"Michael was a pleasure to work with. He was lovely to have around during the day and we all felt completely at ease with him.
Audience response to your presentation: Absolutely fantastic. We had some very positive comments from our guests and it was obvious from their reaction during the presentation that he had the perfect balance between sincerity and humour.
General Observations: I would have no problems at all in recommending Michael to other event organisers, he really was exceptional! "
“Feedback from people has been overwhelmingly very positive; that he was so interesting, entertaining, thought provoking and insightful. We really appreciated that he gave his time to us and some lasting memories.”
“I wanted to drop you a line to say how much we enjoyed having Michael facilitate our conference. He was an excellent addition to the morning and helped the whole day become a success. Please pass on our thanks to Michael next time you speak to him, we hope to work with him again in the future.”