Trevor McDonald to receive BAFTA fellowship

Legendary TV presenter Sir Trevor McDonald will be awarded the Academy Fellowship at the TV BAFTAs on Sunday (22.05.11) for his ''outstanding and exceptional contribution'' to the TV world

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Sir Trevor McDonald

Sir Trevor McDonald will be awarded the Academy Fellowship at the TV BAFTAs on Sunday (22.05.11).

The 71-year-old presenter will be honoured for his "outstanding and exceptional contribution" and says he's thrilled at the tribute.

He said: "This is a magnificent surprise. I am honoured and absolutely delighted to join such a distinguished list of previous recipients."

The Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed by the Academy on an individual in recognition of their outstanding and exceptional contribution to television and previous winners have included Richard Curtis, Sir David Jason and Bruce Forsyth.

John Willis, TV Committee Chair, said of Trevor's inclusion: "No journalist and presenter is better loved and respected by the audience than Sir Trevor McDonald. His authority and humanity has shone through all his work. He is a very worthy recipient of the Fellowship because, for many years, he has been simply the best."

Trevor, chiefly associated with fronting the News at Ten, recently presented ITV's 'Secret Caribbean' and 'Secret Mediterranean' programmes and will soon begin filming a documentary in the US for the channel.

In the early 80s, Trevor was the only British television correspondent to interview Nelson Mandela following his release from prison, and later became the only British journalist to interview former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.

The Philips British Academy Television Awards will be hosted by Graham Norton from Grosvenor House, London.

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