Sir Michael Parkinson is a broadcaster, journalist and author. He is best-known for presenting his long-running television talk show, Parkinson.
Michael Parkinson began his career as a journalist on local papers and as a features writer for the Daily Express and Manchester Guardian. His first foray into TV came when he joined Granada Television in 1962 as a producer before appearing in front of the camera. He returned to Granada to write and present Cinema which introduced him to a significant TV audience before moving to the BBC to join the 24 Hours team. His talk show Parkinson was launched in 1971 and ran until 1982.
He has also had a successful career on radio. In 1996 Michael launched a Sunday morning show on Radio 2 – which ran for 12 years.
In 1998, he was separately honoured for his work in journalism, radio and television. The same year saw a new series of Parkinson start on BBC One lasting until 2003 and winning many awards including a BAFTA in 1999. In 2004, he successfully transferred Parkinson to ITV until his retirement from the show in 2007. Parkinson was voted in the top ten in a British Film Institute poll of the Best Television Programmes Of All Time. The show ran for over 800 episodes and Michael interviewed more than 2,000 of the world’s most famous people during its run.
In June 2000 he was awarded a CBE and a knighthood for services to broadcasting in the 2008 New Year’s honours list. He was installed as Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University in 2008, a post he held until 2014.
Michael Parkinson started his own Production Company in 2008 as well as publishing his autobiography, Parky, which topped the best sellers charts in 2008/2009. This book was followed in 2010 with Parky’s People and in 2016 the publication of Ali: A Memoir, a summation of Muhammad Ali’s life and career based around the four definitive interviews Michael had with him.
Michael has continued his television and radio work with numerous programmes broadcast across the world and in 2017 he embarked on a UK tour of his Evening With show.
Michael Parkinson is available for after dinners, Q&As, auctioneering and personal appearances.
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