News reader Peter Sisson announces he'll retire this summer

Friday June 12, 2009

Britain's longest-serving national news presenter, Peter Sissons, is to call time on a 45-year career and retire from the BBC to concentrate on writing his memoirs. 

The 66-year-old veteran newsman, who has worked on Channel 4 News, ITN's News At One and the BBC's Ten O'Clock News, is leaving his job at the Beeb this summer, he has revealed.

"I do still feel on top of my game and I still enjoy it," the Oxford graduate told a British paper. "I don't know how much I'll miss it until I stop, but I don't think I'll be sitting in a darkened room!" 

"I have started my memoirs but I haven't got past the early years yet," he reveals. "I haven’t got a title in mind, it doesn’t even have a publisher."

Reflecting on the many highlights of his long career the Liverpudlian dad-of-three says: "I'm proudest of launching Channel 4 News, which I did for seven years. While I was there it was nominated for a Bafta five years running and won three times."

Another highlight came in 1989 when Peter took over from Robin Day as the presenter of the BBC's flagship discussion show Question Time

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