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Last Updated: Friday, 1 October, 2004, 14:58 GMT 15:58 UK
Raymond Snoddy
Ray Snoddy
One of the country's most respected media commentators, Raymond Snoddy has been covering the news industry for a variety of publications for the past 25 years and presents the BBC's NewsWatch programme.

Educated at Larne Grammar School and Queen's University in Belfast, he worked on local and regional newspaper before joining the Times in 1971.

He moved to the Financial Times in 1978 and reported on media issues for 19 years before returning to the Times as media editor.

Raymond is currently a freelance journalist, writing for the Independent and other publications.

He has also written a number of books, including a biography of media tycoon, Michael Green, and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, about ethics in the newspaper industry.

Raymond was the presenter of Channel 4's award-winning Hard News series, which covered the press, and also presented Media Monthly on Sky News.

"The idea of a programme like NewsWatch is long overdue," he says.

"It's my distinct impression that the BBC has in the past not taken viewers' comments and complaints seriously enough.

"I think NewsWatch will be an ideal platform for the audience to get answers to the questions that really matter to them."


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