Keith Wilkinson (reporter)

Last updated

Keith Wilkinson
Keith Wilkinson (reporter), London.jpeg
Born
Keith Wilkinson

Occupation News Correspondent
Notable credit(s)
ITV News, Central Tonight, Carlton TV, Central Television

Keith Wilkinson is a former British television reporter [1] and news correspondent for 35 years. [2] [3] In September 2019 ITV News announced he was leaving them to become a freelance writer and author. [4]

Contents

Born in Lancashire, England, [5] he began his career in newspaper journalism as a trainee reporter at The Westmorland Gazette in Kendal, Cumbria, in 1974. He joined Central Television in the former Associated TeleVision Broad Street studios in Birmingham in 1984 [6] as a production journalist, sub-editor, programme producer and bulletin newsreader. Keith Wilkinson became a senior correspondent, appearing on ITV News Central, formerly Central News and Central Tonight. [7]

Broadcasting Awards

Keith Wilkinson won numerous awards for broadcasting, including the national BT Television News Broadcaster of the Year, the ITV Piece to Camera Gold Award 2004, the Birmingham Press Club's Scoop of the Year, [8] and Television Journalist of the Year 2008 in the Midlands Media Awards. [9] He received the ITV Judges' Award in 2008 for what was described as an outstanding contribution to ITV for his role as a mentor in the training of regional journalists. [10] [11] [12] He was nominated for a Royal Television Society (Midlands) award in 2010 for a series about the Battle of Arnhem. [13] [14] In May 2014 at the British Film Institute, Wilkinson received the ITV News Gold Award for the best news feature of 2013 – for his reporting of the Stafford Hospital scandal. [15] [16] In recognition of his contribution to journalism, he was made an Honorary Life Member of Birmingham Press Club and was presented with the club's Bugle Award in 2019. [17]

Career at ITV

In 1993 when he was Central's investigative Crime Reporter, he produced an ITV documentary called Stephanie's Story about the kidnapping of estate agent Stephanie Slater by the murderer Michael Sams. Wilkinson was featured in the book, Beyond Fear, My Will To Survive, in which Stephanie describes being taken back to the workshop in Nottinghamshire where she was held hostage. [18]

Wilkinson was the first television reporter to interview members of the Bridgewater Four on camera whilst they were still serving life sentences in prison. The campaigning Daily Mirror and Private Eye journalist Paul Foot wrote in the book Murder at the Farm that Wilkinson's "persistence in this case contrasted sharply with the abject acceptance of the authorised view by almost all his journalist colleagues in the Midlands". [19]

In 2003 Wilkinson was calling for greater media access to the British judicial system. In an article in The Guardian he described the principle of open justice as a joke. [1]

Wilkinson also became known for more light-hearted items. In 2006 he was photographed in the Daily Star [20] having a bucket of water poured over his head by Chris Tarrant, star of ITV's Who Wants to be a Millionaire? [21] [22] This was a tribute to Tarrant's days on the Tiswas programme when he frequently covered people in water.

Keith Wilkinson was featured as The Human Guinea Pig in a six-month experiment starting in March 2008 on Central Tonight and itvlocal.com. It was launched in conjunction with researchers at the University of Birmingham in England as part of a project about physical fitness in the over-50s. By July, Ironman triathlete Asker Jeukendrup, Professor of Exercise Metabolism and head of the university's Human Performance Laboratory, told ITV that Wilkinson's rate of progress had been "unusual and spectacular". At the end of the project in September, Jeukendrup gave Wilkinson a VO2 max fitness assessment as a high 52.3. [10] [23] [24] [25]

As part of an ITV News Central special programme in April 2014, Wilkinson filmed Paddy Hill of the Birmingham Six inside the former prison wing at Lancaster Castle [26] where Hill had been held during his trial for the Birmingham pub bombings almost 40 years earlier. It was the first time Hill had returned to the prison and his old cell since his conviction for 21 murders was quashed at the Court of Appeal of England and Wales in 1991, and in an exclusive interview Hill said his time at HMP Lancaster had been the start of a 16-year nightmare to clear his name. [27] Wilkinson had first interviewed Paddy Hill for Central News inside Gartree Prison in Leicestershire in the 1980s before his appeal hearing at the Old Bailey. [28]

Related Research Articles

Chris Tarrant English broadcaster

Christopher John Tarrant, is an English radio and television broadcaster. He presented the ITV children's television show Tiswas from 1974 to 1981, and the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? from 1998 to 2014. He was a Capital Radio host from 1984 to 2004.

<i>Tiswas</i> British childrens television series

Tiswas was a British children's television series that originally aired on Saturday mornings from 5 January 1974 to 3 April 1982, and was produced for the ITV network by ATV.

Associated Television British broadcast television network

Associated Television was a British television broadcaster within the Independent Television (ITV) network. It provided a service to London at weekends from 1955 to 1968, to the Midlands on weekdays from 1956 to 1968, and to the Midlands all week from 1968 to 1982. It was one of the "Big Four" until 1968, and the "Big Five" after 1968, that between them produced the majority of ITV networked programmes. In 1982, ATV was restructured and rebranded as Central Independent Television, under which name it continued to provide the service for the Midlands.

ITV Central

ITV Central, previously known as Central Independent Television and Carlton Central, ITV1 for Central England and commonly referred to as simply Central, is the Independent Television franchisee for the English Midlands. It was created following the restructuring of ATV and began broadcasting on 1 January 1982. The service is owned and operated by ITV plc under the licensee of ITV Broadcasting Limited. Historically Central made a major contribution to the ITV network schedule- especially in entertainment and drama - but today its main responsibility is the regional news service.

Sir Trevor McDonald is a Trinidadian-British newsreader and journalist, best known for his career as a news presenter with ITN.

Bob Carolgees is a comedy entertainer who appeared on the Saturday morning TV series Tiswas and then later in its adult versions O.T.T. and Saturday Stayback. He is best known for appearing with a canine puppet named Spit the Dog. Carolgees also worked for eight years on the TV show Surprise Surprise and on children's game show Concentration. In popular culture he has cameo roles with Spit the Dog.

Nick Owen

Nicholas Corbishley Owen (born 1 November 1947) is an English television presenter and newsreader, best known for presenting the breakfast television programme TV-am and the BBC's local news show Midlands Today since 1997. He was also the Chairman of Luton Town Football Club between 2008 and 2017.

Mark William Austin is an English journalist and television presenter, currently working for Sky News.

Alastair Kenneth Yates was an English news anchor, for over 20 years with the BBC, on BBC World News and BBC News.

Ashley Blake is a British former television presenter and newsreader. A well-known personality in the English Midlands, he worked mostly for the BBC, where his credits include reporting and presenting on Midlands Today, the region's edition of Inside Out, and briefly on the TV series Watchdog. In September 2009 he was sentenced to two years' imprisonment after being convicted of wounding. He was released on 8 June 2010, after serving nine months of his sentence, as part of the home curfew system for early release. He is now a Sky News reporter.

John Stapleton (English journalist)

John Martin Stapleton is an English journalist and broadcaster. He is known for his work as a presenter and reporter on ITV breakfast television in addition to hosting Nationwide and Watchdog for the BBC.

Keir Simmons

Keir Hardie Brennan-Simmons is an English journalist. He has been the senior international correspondent for the NBC morning show Today since December 2018. He also appears regularly on the evening broadcast NBC Nightly News, and fills in as an anchor on MSNBC.

Sameena Ali-Khan is a British media personality who is known as a television presenter, journalist and newsreader. She is also a published author.

Matthew James "Matt" Teale is an English broadcast journalist with ITV, Forces TV, and Sky News.

Marverine Cole is a British radio and television presenter and news reporter from Birmingham, England. She formerly presented on shopping channel QVC UK and formerly worked for BBC Midlands Today, BBC Radio WM, Imagine FM, ITV Central News, Sky News, and Touch FM.

ATV Today was a regional television news and current affairs programme, produced by ATV, serving the Midlands area of England. The programme aired from 5 October 1964 until 31 December 1981 – the final day of broadcasting from ATV before the company was restructured and relaunched as Central Independent Television.

The city of Birmingham, England is home to an evolving media industry, including news and magazine publishers, radio and television networks, film production and specialist educational media training. The city's first newspaper was published in 1732.

<i>The Newsroom</i> (American TV series) American political drama television series

The Newsroom is an American political drama television series created and principally written by Aaron Sorkin that premiered on HBO on June 24, 2012, and concluded on December 14, 2014, consisting of 25 episodes over three seasons, with 52 to 73 minute long episodes.

Daniel Hewitt is a British journalist currently working for ITV News as a political correspondent.

References

  1. 1 2 Lutz, Richard (8 December 2003). "Courts try to ban defendant's images". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 June 2011.
  2. "TV Newsroom Biography" . Retrieved 7 July 2011.
  3. itv.com/Central news report about Redditch anniversary , retrieved 18 April 2014
  4. "itv.com news report announcing Wilkinson was leaving ITV News" . Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  5. Q&A with Wilkinson , retrieved 7 July 2011
  6. itv.com report on Wilkinson reaching 30 years at Central News , retrieved 6 July 2014
  7. TV Room Presenters' Biographies, archived from the original on 15 July 2012, retrieved 17 July 2011
  8. www.holdthefrontpage.co.uk about Scoop of the Year , retrieved 9 July 2011
  9. Birmingham Press Club article, archived from the original on 26 March 2012, retrieved 9 July 2011
  10. 1 2 TV Newsroom Biography , retrieved 9 July 2011
  11. Mentoring example from trainee blog, 2009 , retrieved 17 July 2011
  12. ITV camera training independent website, archived from the original on 19 September 2011, retrieved 17 July 2011
  13. Birmingham Press Club article (PDF), archived from the original (PDF) on 25 July 2011, retrieved 7 July 2011
  14. RTS award nomination 2010, archived from the original on 12 March 2012, retrieved 7 July 2011
  15. itv.com news report about Awards at the British Film Institute , retrieved 11 May 2014
  16. itv.com news report about Stafford Hospital scandal , retrieved 11 May 2014
  17. Birmingham Living article about Press Club life membership award , retrieved 1 February 2020
  18. Beyond Fear. My Will To Survive. pp. 196–201. ISBN   1-85702-286-6 . Retrieved 7 July 2011.
  19. Murder at the Farm ISBN 0-7472-6193-8, 1998 edition, pages 309, 325.
  20. Daily Star article and photograph, 2006
  21. Tiswas video clip of soaking, archived from the original on 16 July 2011, retrieved 7 July 2011
  22. Daily Star, 15 July 2006, page 23.
  23. www.askerjeukendrup.com , retrieved 7 July 2011
  24. www.narrowstep.tv , retrieved 10 July 2011
  25. itv.com reports about Wilkinson's career at Central , retrieved 2 July 2014
  26. Morecambe Visitor news item , retrieved 12 April 2014
  27. ITV.Com/Central news report , retrieved 11 April 2014
  28. ITV.com/Central news blog , retrieved 11 April 2014