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Last Updated: Tuesday, 1 November 2005, 12:21 GMT
Alastair Yates
BBC News 24 presenter Alastair Yates
Alastair Yates
Alastair presents the news from 1300 to 1700 on Sunday and from 0100 to 0600 on Wednesday to Friday overnights on BBC News 24

Alastair Yates has been part of BBC News 24's presenter line-up since its inception. He is in fact one of the long-serving anchors in 24-hour television news.

Being at the sharp-end of a rolling news channel is what he likes most about his work. Alastair started our non-stop coverage of the US invasion of Iraq which in turn led to the current "War on Terror".

His countless live reporting assignments have included the State visit to Britain of Russia's former President Gorbachev at Windsor Castle; the Aberdeen-Real Madrid European Cup Winners' Cup match in Gothenburg; and the Dunkirk Anniversary in Dover.

In 1998 he went to Berlin to report on the German election and was invited to stay on as a presenter with Deutsche Welle, Germany's World TV service. Whilst there he was on air for the 9/11 attacks on the US.

Some of the thousands of stories, that will go down in history, which he's anchored from the studio, include Margaret Thatcher's downfall; Nelson Mandela's release from prison; the Fall of the Berlin wall; and the handover of Hong Kong to China.

His TV career has also taken him around the UK. He was with BBC Midlands Today and whilst in Birmingham also reported on a technology and inventions magazine; he was a reporter throughout Northern Scotland in the hey-day of the oil boom for Grampian TV; and reported for Anglia TV in the East of England where he also hosted a Telethon charity extravaganza. He also filed stories and was a weekend reporter for ITN during this time.

Alastair began his broadcasting career at BBC Radio Derby, where he was reporter/presenter on the Breakfast News programme. He was with Radio Leicester to present The Midday Show; and at BBC WM hosted his own current affairs programme - "The Alastair Yates Show". During these formative years he also sent despatches to network Radios 1, 2 and 4. He has also starred in a BBC television play as himself!

Before deciding on journalism as a career Alastair was a DJ and managed pop and folk groups.

Alastair is a prolific globetrotter. His interest in world affairs, culture and people takes him on regular trips abroad - he's travelled across countries from Australia to America and Asia to Africa.

Alastair can also be seen abroad on BBC News 24's international sister channel BBC World.

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