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Reporters Monday, 20 September, 1999, 14:51 GMT 15:51 UK
Vivian White
VIVIAN WHITE


Vivian White was born in Sutton in 1946. He was educated at Highgate School and Aiglon College, Switzerland. He went on to study economics at Cambridge University.

Before joining the BBC he was a teacher of economics, social sciences and a freelance journalist/researcher

Early BBC career

Vivian joined the BBC in 1971 as a researcher and producer/director for the 'Money Programme', 'Panorama', and 'Newsday'. During this period he directed "Strike Village," a documentary of a Nottinghamshire mining village before, during and after the 1971-2 Miners' Strike.

He then left the BBC to join Independent Radio News as Political correspondent, becoming Parliamentary Correspondent then Industrial Editor, where he won an ITT Radio Award for a number of stories including one on a strike in ITV.

Political reporting

Vivian later moved to Granada Television as Political correspondent, including working for World in Action; then he worked for Channel 4's "A Week In Politics". Vivian presented Westminster Live between 1990 and 1993, and the Sunday political programme, "This Week Next Week" in 1996. This included the edition of the programme in which Neil Kinnock renounced unilateralism.

He recently reported on the Floods and Global Warming. In February 1999 Vivian reported on the newly launched Euro, including an interview (in German!) with Oskar Lafontaine three weeks before his resignation as German Finance Minister.

Another of his recent Panoramas was "Cheap Labour" on the Minimum Wage (which provoked nearly 8,000 phone calls to an BBC helpline number.)

He has also worked on other programmes including:

  • The State Opening of Parliament
  • Fiftieth Anniversary of D-Day from Arromanches
  • Presenter of BBC TV's coverage of various Party Conferences.
  • Several documentaries for BBC Radio including "Eurocrats" on the European Commission for Radio Four.

    He speaks French and German and enjoys walking, swimming, cooking and coping with a Basset Hound (called Charlie.)

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