Clive Myrie has spearheaded BBC News coverage from Ukraine – with his bravery being hailed as “the best of journalism”.
In recent weeks, newsreaders have been reporting live from Kyiv with BBC News international correspondent Lyse Doucet about Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Russia.
Clive spoke to viewers while air raid sirens sounded, forced to take shelter underground amid rocket fire and appeared to be in tears as he reported on the bloodshed.
Viewers urged Clive to leave Kyiv for a while out of concern for his safety, but he bravely stayed in the Ukrainian capital until it became too dangerous and has now escaped.
The veteran broadcaster is no stranger to the dangers of his job, which can be worrying for Clive’s family and friends during his more than three decades at the BBC.
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The 57-year-old, born in Bolton to Jamaican parents Lynne and Norris, came to England in the 1960s, following in the footsteps of his uncle Cecil, who had switched to being a driver for weapons in the Royal Air Force in war.
Lynne’s mother worked as a seamstress with famed fashion designer Mary Quant, while his father was a factory worker making car batteries for British Leyland.
Clive attended Hayward Grammar School and later studied Law at the University of Sussex, but chose to join the BBC in 1987 as a local radio reporter intern in the graduate journalism programme. .
“We didn’t fly 6,000 miles to this freezing cold country for you to do that,” is how Clive describes his parents’ initial reaction, but now they’re incredibly proud of his career.
He added: “I doubt they wanted me to be a doctor or a lawyer. But my parents basically resigned themselves to the fact that I was not a doctor or a lawyer, but in fact Actually, I’m a journalist and they’re used to the idea. “
After working for BBC Local Radio as a reporter, he became a BBC foreign correspondent in 1996 and has since covered 80 different countries.
During his illustrious career, Clive served as BBC correspondent for Tokyo, LA, Asia, Paris and Europe before being appointed BBC News presenter in April 2009.
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He has reported from Kathmandu after the 2015 earthquake and Bangladesh during the Rohingya refugee crisis, but one of his most dangerous missions has been in Iraq.
During the coalition invasion of Iraq in March 2003, Clive was a correspondent for 40 Royal Marines with the Rangers.
The mission was so life-threatening that the journalist had to write a “goodbye” letter to his family in case he was killed on the job.
“I’ve been in some dangerous situations, but I don’t think I’ve ever thought of danger,” he said. Big problem last month.
“I just thought, I want to be in a war zone and experience and tell the story of the conflict in a particular place.
“It’s been so exciting talking to soldiers, and to people going into battle. You never think, really consciously, that you’re going to be the one being shot or blown up or killed. Something’s up. have to present yourself to yourself that makes it clear that you may be the only one.
“For example, when I joined the Royal Marines to Iraq in 2003, we all had to write goodbye letters to our families, a kind of will and last will that I give to our families. That’s it. In case we don’t come back.” That process, saying goodbye in the form of a letter, reminds you that you probably won’t come back. “
One of those loved ones was Clive’s wife, Catherine Myrie, who worked as a upholstery and furniture repairman.
The newsreader explained how they met at the book launch of their book on Swiss Cheese in 1992 – and for him it was “lightning love”.
They married six years after meeting at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Covent Garden and now live together in north London.
Talk to Daily mail Of the timing of her wedding, Clive explained: “I had just been hired as the BBC’s LA correspondent, so after returning to the UK for our big day, we flew back to the US. before honeymooning on Venezuela’s Maracaibo coast.”
Due to the nature of Clive’s work, they were used to being apart for long periods of time while he flew around the world.
Clive’s mother has admitted that she can understand that she worries when her son reports in war zones.
Lynne said to Sunday Times : “When Clive first appeared on television, we were all so excited. We wouldn’t miss a single show. He’s been so involved now that, to be honest, it has worn out.
“I’m proud of what he’s achieved but I see it as a big concern when he covers wars around the world.”
In addition to presenting BBC News bulletins at 1pm, 6pm and 10pm, Clive currently leads Mastermind and Celebrity.
In March last year it was announced that Clive would take over the departing John Humphrys as presenter of BBC Two’s quiz show.
After being confirmed as the show’s fifth host, Clive said: “It has been a privilege to take on this new role.
“Mastermind with Magnus Magnusson set the stage for my youth and now driving is a dream come true. I’m so excited and can’t wait to get involved.”
Clive also became the show’s first black host, but he admits the importance of his date in that respect wasn’t something he gave much thought to.
He told The Mirror: “It’s a question a lot of people want to focus on. I’ve tried not to allow race and color to affect my journalism and the direction of my career. other people want to read my thing black and i’m doing this fine.
“But I don’t wake up thinking, ‘I’m black and I have to be on TV right now, this is a big deal.’ It’s not something that crosses my mind.”
However, Clive has said that there is a softer side to his personality and some of his friends burst out laughing when they heard he would be the new face of Mastermind.
“They think it’s hilarious. My close friends think it’s crazy because they know I’m a joker,” he continued.
“It’s interesting because they know there’s a serious side to my personality, the side that’s on the news, but at the same time they know there’s a lighter side, a bit crazy, and a lot more predictable. a little more three-dimensional idea of who I am as well.”
Clive worked tirelessly to cover the ground in Kyiv and speak to many refugees fleeing the war.
Last week, Myrie and colleague Doucet quickly put on their jackets when they were interrupted by air raid sirens during a live broadcast from a rooftop opposite St Michael’s Cathedral.
The team was then forced to hide in an underground bunker after rockets were fired so nearby that their building began to shake.
He later told the PA news agency: “You have to know that you are in the middle of a war zone, a living war zone and anything can happen.
“None of us are stupid enough to stand out there reporting while the bullets are pouring down, it’s crazy and to be honest there’s no story worth it, but the advice is we can continue to broadcast as long as we have minimally protected the inclusion of Protective Equipment.
“So that’s what we did and that means we can continue to tell the story, convey that to the viewers so they understand what’s going on.”
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