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'Mr Swingometer' collects his CBE
Peter Snow CBE
Peter Snow CBE has appeared on television for more than 30 years
Veteran reporter Peter Snow has been presented with a CBE for services to broadcasting in an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

The 68-year-old journalist, famous for his election night "swingometers", said he was "thrilled" with the honour.

Snow discussed his forthcoming military history TV series with the Prince of Wales, who invested him with the award.

The former Newsnight presenter, who has worked for the BBC since 1979, retired from election coverage last year.

He said he was "a bit too old to be dancing around in front of huge graphics displays".

But he admitted at Buckingham Palace that he would be gripped by the next general election.

'Where's your swingometer?'

"I shall be watching with fascination. It's the most exciting political night," he said.

Peter Snow and his "swingometer" in 1997
Snow's "swingometer" measured the changing political landscape
Snow, who started his career at ITV, is also known for the sandpit prop he used to demonstrate events during the Gulf War of 1991.

"Prince Charles didn't mention the swingometer, nor did I," he said. "I was emphasising what I was doing in the future.

"People do shout 'Mr Swingometer' or 'Where's your Swingometer?', he said.

"But what I most enjoy is when they come up and say, 'thank you for explaining that complicated subject, I've learnt something'," he added.

His cousin, Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow, once rejected an honour and investigated the awards system in a documentary.

Peter Snow now presents Masterteam on BBC Radio 4 as well as Random Edition, a review of the newspapers from a certain day in history.

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