Programme presenters

Below are brief biographies of Al Jazeera International’s programme presenters.

Sir David Frost
Frost over the World

Sir David Frost – Television host, author and producer is the only person to have interviewed the last seven Presidents of the United States and the last six Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom. Sir David has been awarded all the major television awards – the Emmy Award (for The David Frost Show – twice); the Royal Television Society Silver Medal and the Richard Dimbleby Award in the UK and, internationally, the Golden Rose of Montreux. Earlier this year, he was awarded BAFTA’s highest honour, the BAFTA Fellowship. He was honoured by the Museum of the Moving Image in New York in 1998 and by the Museum of Broadcasting in New York in 1999.

Richard Gizbert
Listening Post

Richard Gizbert has a long and eminent career as a foreign correspondent covering many parts of the globe. He spent 11 years with the American network, ABC, as a London-based foreign correspondent, covering the former Yugoslavia, Chechnya, Somalia and Rwanda. Richard also has extensive experience in the Middle East and Western Europe. Previously he worked as a correspondent-producer for CJOH-TV in Ottawa, where he produced in-depth features for Sunday Edition, the national current affairs programme. Prior to that, he was CJOH’s parliamentary correspondent for five years, responsible for national political coverage. For his reporting of a bus hostage situation on Parliament Hill, he received the National Award for Breaking News Coverage.

Riz Khan
Riz Khan

After an extensive journalistic career at the BBC, Riz Khan was head-hunted by CNN where he became a senior anchor and launched his world renowned, interactive ‘Q&A’ format. His 1,500-plus interviews for CNN’s Q&A with Riz Khan included the highest-profile list of guests for any such programme – featuring top names such as Kofi Annan, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Tom Clancy, Ken Follett, Helen Fielding, Kenneth Branagh, Liam Neeson, Danny Glover, Sigourney Weaver, Sheryl Crow, Michael Johnson, Evander Holyfield, Queen Noor of Jordan, Deepak Chopra, plus a whole host of Presidents, Prime Ministers and Ambassadors from around the globe.

Rageh Omaar

Rageh Omaar was most recently the BBC’s Africa Correspondent and was based in Johannesburg. His reporting during the Iraq war made him a household name, with nearly 90% of the British population tuning in to see his reports from Baghdad on BBC News and BBC News 24. Many of his broadcasts were syndicated across the US. Previously Rageh was Developing World Correspondent for the BBC covering stories ranging from drought in Ethiopia to devastating floods in Mozambique.

Amanda Palmer
48 and FPS

Amanda Palmer’s career has spanned three continents in news, current affairs and entertainment journalism, working for CNN, the Associated Press Television Network, and as European foreign correspondent for Channel Seven Australia, before coming to head the Entertainment Department at Al Jazeera International. Amongst Amanda’s many high-profile interviews with acclaimed international filmmakers, highlights include: Russell Crowe, Ron Howard, Gabriele Salvatores and Fernando Meirelles. Musicians interviewed include Paul McCartney, Sting, Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce, Kylie Minogue, Dido, Zucchero and Eros Ramazzotti.

Source: Al Jazeera

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