Clive Myrie - BBC Network News Presenter

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Clive Myrie is Britain's most prominent black broadcast journalist. He currently works for BBC News.

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Born 25 August 1964 in Bolton, Lancashire, to Jamaican immigrant parents, Myrie's mother was a seamstress and his father a factory worker making car batteries. He was educated at Hayward Grammar School and the University of Sussex, graduating in 1985 with a law degree.

Myrie joined the BBC on the corporation's graduate journalist programme. His first assignment was as a reporter for Radio Bristol in 1988, returning to the BBC after a year with Independent Radio News. He then reported for Points West, and latterly BBC Television and Radio News.

In 1996, he became a BBC foreign correspondent, and has since reported from more than 50 countries. He initially became the BBC's Tokyo correspondent, and then the Los Angeles correspondent 1997–99. He was appointed a BBC Asia Correspondent in 2002 and was Paris correspondent 2006–07. His career has encompassed major stories such as the impeachment of U.S. President Bill Clinton, and wars in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Myrie has won several nominations for his work, significantly for his role in the Bafta-nominated team behind coverage of the Mozambique floods. He was awarded the Bayeux-Calvados Award for war correspondents for his reporting of ethnic violence on the island of Borneo.

In September 2010 Myrie broke the story that ETA had declared a unilateral ceasefire after meeting an ETA operative in Paris who handed over a tape of the organisation's leaders making the declaration.

After latterly serving as Europe correspondent based in Brussels, he was appointed a presenter on the BBC News channel in April 2009. Since joining BBC News, Myrie has presented the BBC Weekend News, weekend editions BBC News at Ten and BBC Breakfast, both on BBC One. In June 2014 he began presenting weekday bulletins on BBC One.