Man on the Spot Hardcover – 28 Sep 2010
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About the Author
Bill Hamilton started his 50-year journalistic career as a trainee reporter on the Fife Herald. He began broadcasting as a reporter on Tyne Tees TV, then on BBC Radio Sport before becoming a newsreader on Border TV. In 1973 he began presenting BBC Scotland s flagship news programme Reporting Scotland, then became the first news editor on Radio Tees.
Moving to London he joined BBC TV News. He was the first TV journalist to enter post-communist Albania, and his exclusive reports on the appalling suffering of children there sparked a huge international aid appeal and won him the Order of Mother Teresa.
Bill is also an Association Football referee and has officiated at over 2,000 matches in 50 seasons. He is currently based in St Albans.
Top customer reviews
There are humorous stories of events that went badly wrong and compelling and tragic tales of life in some of the forgotten areas of the world. As the first television journalist to be allowed to travel freely in Stalinist Albania, his reports of dying and neglected children and political prisoners locked away for nearly half a century were the catalyst for a huge international relief effort. Norman Wisdom and the Duchess of York were so moved by his accounts that they insisted in travelling there with him.
Bill recalls chance meetings with kings and presidents, IRA bombers and the saintly Mother Teresa.
He also tells of some of the bizarre incidents he has encountered in what he calls his `release valve' as a football referee still whistling away in his 53rd season.
For anyone interested in taking up a career in journalism this is a compelling read. Bill certainly spells it out - warts and all!