He graduated from Edinburgh University, where he read History and Politics. Little then joined BBC Scotland in 1983 as a news and current affairs researcher, following which he transferred to London in 1985 to train as a radio reporter. He then spent two years with BBC Radio Solent, before moving to the BBC Radio 4's Today programme in 1988 where he specialised in foreign reporting, including the Revolutions of 1989 in Eastern Europe.
From 1991 to 1995, he reported the break-up of Yugoslavia. He co-authored (with Laura Silber) the acclaimed book The Death of Yugoslavia, which accompanied the celebrated television series of the same name, produced by Norma Percy at Brook Lapping.
In 1995 Little moved to Johannesburg to begin a two-year stint as South Africa correspondent, during which time he reported on the aftermath of the genocide in Rwanda and the overthrow of President Mobutu in Zaire.
In early 1999 he began work on current affairs projects and to present BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
Between 1997 and 1999 Little was the BBC's Moscow correspondent, reporting extensively on the political and economic upheaval of the Boris Yeltsin regime, as well as on major events such as the devastating earthquakes in Afghanistan in 1995.
Allan has won several awards including a Gold Sony Radio Award for Reporter of the Year in 1992 and in 1994 he was named the Bayeux War Correspondent of the Year.
He is married to journalist and broadcaster Sheena McDonald.
- Allan Little. Newswatch Profile. July 14, 2006.
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