Julian Pettifer

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Julian Pettifer
Born (1935-07-21) 21 July 1935 (age 79)
Malmesbury, Wiltshire, England
Occupation Television journalist
Nationality British
Relatives Stephen Henry Pettifer (father, 1895-1977), Diana Mary Burton (mother, 1912-2003), Stephen (brother).

Julian Pettifer OBE (born 21 July 1935 in Malmesbury, England) is a British television journalist. He was President of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and is Vice President of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts. He was voted Bafta 'Reporter of the Year' for his coverage of the war in Vietnam in 1968.[1]


After Marlborough College and St John's College, Cambridge, he started work in television during the early days of ITV, as one of the original Southern Television announcers in 1958. He later moved to the BBC as a globe-trotting reporter for programmes such as Tonight, 24 Hours and Panorama.

He was the host for the British television show Busman's Holiday (game show) from 1985 to 1988. The show was produced by Granada Television and ran on the ITV network.[2]

Pettifer also wrote and presented a number of documentaries for both BBC and ITV, including Diamonds in the Sky, on the subject of international air travel; Automania, a history of the motor car, and Missionaries.

A growing interest in the environment led to him writing and presenting programmes about the environment and wildlife including Naturewatch for Central Television, Nature, and The Living Isles for the BBC. He continued to report on current affairs, contributing reports for BBC Two's Assignment and Correspondent programmes, and a highly-praised film for Channel 4 that re-examined the reporting of the Vietnam war. He presented BBC Radio 4's Asiafile and now presents their Crossing Continents.

Pettifer was awarded the Royal Geographical Society's Cherry Kearton Medal and Award in 1990[3] and was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours.[4]

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  1. ^ "Julian Pettifer". BBC News. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Busman’s Holiday". IMDB.com. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Medals and Awards". Royal Geographical Society. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59446. p. 12. 12 June 2010.

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