|Julian Pettifer OBE|
21 July 1935 |
Malmesbury, Wiltshire, England
|Occupation||Television and Radio Journalist and Environmentalist|
|Relatives||Stephen Henry Pettifer (father, 1895-1977), Diana Mary Burton (mother, 1912-2003), Stephen (brother).|
Julian Pettifer OBE (born 21 July 1935) is an English 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.
Early life and education
Pettifer 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.
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.