Mark Austin: And Thank You For Watching - A Memoir - in conversation with Kate Adie CBE

For thirty years Mark Austin covered the biggest stories in the world for one of the great British TV news organisations, ITN. As a foreign correspondent and anchorman he witnessed first-hand the most epic events of our times. The stories themselves will be familiar to many people, but less well known are the often extraordinary behind the scenes tales of a newsman's life on the road; the problems encountered in some of the most dangerous places on earth; the days when things go badly wrong; the moments of high drama and raw emotion and, quite often, the hilarious happenings the viewer never imagines and only seldom sees.

Describing his time reporting on some of the most significant events of recent years, including the Iraq War, during which his friend and colleague Terry Lloyd was killed by American 'friendly fire', the historic transition in South Africa from the brutality of apartheid to real democracy, the horrors of the Rwandan genocide, and natural disasters such as the Haiti earthquake, Hurricane Katrina and the Mozambique floods, he reveals the impact that dreadful scenes of human suffering and, usually senseless, bloodletting have had on him and his news teams.

Based on decades of experience on the frontlines, this candid and revealing memoir gives a startling insight into one man's extraordinary career and lifts the lid on the world of television news.

Mark Austin worked at ITN for thirty years, where he presented the News at Ten and the Evening News, often on location from around the world, including the Antarctic, Iraq, Libya, Haiti, Nepal and Mogadishu. He has twice been named the RTS Presenter of the Year, won five BAFTA awards, an international Emmy for his reporting on the devastating floods in Mozambique and a Golden Nymph for his coverage of the war in Kosovo. He is currently a US correspondent for Sky News.

Mark will be in conversation with award-winning veteran broadcaster Kate Adie CBE

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Friday 19th October, 2.00pm

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