22nd July 1999

 

UNIVERSITY TO HONOUR THE CHAT SHOW KING

 

The broadcaster and journalist Michael Parkinson is to be honoured by the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside at a graduation ceremony tomorrow (Friday 23rd July).

 

The man they call ‘the king of the chat show’ will be conferred with an honorary doctorate of letters at Hull City Hall in recognition of his contribution to radio broadcasting.

 

Michael Parkinson was educated at Barnsley Grammar School and worked as a journalist on several local newspapers in the north before joining the Daily Express in London.

 

He then worked as a current affairs producer at Granada Television and as a reporter for the BBC’s ‘24 Hours’. He began a weekly sports column in the Sunday Times in 1965 but became best known in the 1970s when he hosted the weekly ‘Parkinson’ programme - a talk show which ran for eleven years and featured almost 1,000 of the world’s best known personalities.

 

‘Parkinson’ returned to BBC Television in January 1998 and the new series has recently been repeated on BBC1.

 

Last year Michael Parkinson achieved a unique feat by winning awards in three different areas of the media. He won a Sony Radio Award for ‘Parkinson’s Sunday Supplement’, was named Sports Writer of the Year at the Press Gazette British Press Awards and was voted Media Personality of the Year by the Variety Club.

 

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Michael Parkinson will be available for interviews and photographs after the ceremony from around 4.15pm on Friday 23rd July.

 

For more information contact:

 

Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042