Award-winning broadcast journalist and author Kate Adie OBE was last night awarded a Bafta Fellowship at the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards.

Awarded annually, the Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed by BAFTA upon an individual, in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games across their career.

The Sunderland-raised journalist began her broadcasting career as a station assistant at Radio Durham before moving to BBC Radio Bristol.

She then made the transition to TV news in London and was on duty in 1980 when the siege of the Iranian Embassy was brought to an end by the SAS.

Her live report, which interrupted the World Snooker Championships, was seen and heard by millions in homes across the UK.

In 1989, Adie was appointed Chief News Correspondent for the BBC and held the post for 14 years.

Kate Adie OBE said: “It’s lovely to be awarded the BAFTA Fellowship. I feel very honoured.”

Jane Lush, Chair of BAFTA, added: “Kate Adie is a truly groundbreaking news journalist, being one of a very small number of women working to report the news from hostile environments around the world.

“Throughout her career, she has brought audiences to the centre of the story by fearlessly reporting from the ground, while clearly and concisely explaining the complex issues to audiences at home.

“We are delighted to be celebrating her stellar career at this year’s ceremony; she is a true trailblazer and very deserving of the Fellowship.”

Fellows previously honoured for their work in television include Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, Jon Snow, Bruce Forsyth, Melvyn Bragg, Michael Palin, Trevor MacDonald, David Attenborough, Julie Walters, Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. Joanna Lumley received the Fellowship at last year’s Television Awards.

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