Esteemed journalist-turned-documentary filmmaker Trevor McDonald will be honored with the BBC Grierson Trustees’ Award at the 2018 British Documentary Awards.
The former ITN news presenter directed his first documentary The Secret Caribbean with Trevor McDonald in 2009, and has since gone on to make more than a dozen films including Inside Death Row, Women Behind Bars, An Hour to Catch A Killer and James Bulger: A Mother’s Story.
McDonald got his start in the media industry in Trinidad, where he was born and educated. He moved to London in August 1969 where he found work with the BBC World Service. He joined ITN as a reporter in 1973 and was tasked with covering Northern Ireland before going on to work for both Channel 4 and ITN in news anchor and correspondent positions. He was appointed the first sole presenter of News At Ten in 1992 and anchored the Late Evening News until December 2005.
By then, McDonald had received more awards than any other news broadcaster in Britain as well as receiving honorary degrees from at least eight universities. McDonald was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1992 and was awarded a Knighthood in 1999.
The BBC Grierson Trustees’ Awards celebrate the best in documentary filmmaking with previous winners including Alastair Fothergill, Louis Theroux, David Attenborough, Molly Dineen, Nick Fraser, Kim Longinotto, Kevin MacDonald and Penny Woolcock, among others.
The winners of the 2018 Griersons will be unveiled at a ceremony hosted by Susan Calman at Queen Elizabeth Hall on the Southbank on Nov. 5.