Michael Nicholson: Veteran ITN warfare correspondent dies

Michael Nicholson in 1991

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Michael Nicholson coated conflicts all over the world

Veteran ITN warfare correspondent Michael Nicholson, whose profession spanned greater than 5 many years, has died aged 79.

Nicholson reported on the autumn of Saigon in 1975, the Falklands Battle, the Balkans battle, the Gulf Battle and the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Nicholson joined ITN in 1964 and was the community’s senior overseas correspondent between 1989 and 1999.

He died whereas on a cruise together with his spouse Diana. ITN chief government John Hardie mentioned he was a “true legend”.

Nicholson introduced stories from all over the world on ITV’s flagship present affairs programme Tonight.

In 1976, he turned ITN’s first bureau chief in South Africa and was the primary tv correspondent to dwell within the nation throughout apartheid.

He additionally witnessed the toppling of Saddam Hussein’s statue in Baghdad on the finish of the Iraq Battle in 2003.

Former ITN presenter Sir Trevor McDonald mentioned Nicholson “virtually single-handedly modified the face of TV information reporting”.

ITV Information presenter Alastair Stewart mentioned he was “deeply saddened to be taught of the dying of ITN big Mike Nicholson”.

Mr Hardie mentioned: “Michael Nicholson is rightly thought to be a real legend of ITN.

“As a journalist he’s famend and revered all through our trade and past for his braveness, his intelligence, and his compassion.”

In a press release, his household described him as “an incredible father, devoted grandfather, loving husband and expensive pal”.