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Allan Little
Alan Little
BBC News special correspondent and programme presenter

Allan Little is a special correspondent and programme presenter, based in London.

He was previously Paris correspondent - from 2001 to 2005 and before that the BBC's Africa correspondent from 2000 to 2001.

Between 1997 and 1999 Allan was the BBC's Moscow correspondent, reporting extensively on the political and economic upheaval of the Yeltsin regime, as well as on major events such as the devastating earthquakes in Afghanistan in 1995.

He joined BBC Scotland in 1983 as a news and current affairs researcher, following which he transferred to London in 1985 to train as a radio reporter.

He then spent two years with BBC Radio Solent, before moving to the BBC Radio 4's Today programme in 1988 where he specialised in foreign reporting, including the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe.

From 1990 to 1995 Allan worked as a reporter for BBC News, reporting from Baghdad for the 1991 Gulf war and from Kuwait in the period following the war, covering the Shia rebellions.

In 1995 Allan moved to Johannesburg to begin a two-year stint as South Africa correspondent, during which time he reported on the aftermath of the genocide in Rwanda and the overthrow of President Mobutu in Zaire.

Later that year he was despatched to Yugoslavia, where he spent the next four years reporting on conflict throughout the region.

In early 1999 he began work on current affairs projects and to present BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

Allan has won several awards including a Gold Sony Radio Award for Reporter of the Year in 1992 and in 1994 he was named the Bayeux War Correspondent of the Year.

Allan is a graduate of Edinburgh University, where he read History and Politics.


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