Matthew Amroliwala: Biography highlights
Matthew Amroliwala has been the main presenter on BBC News24 for over ten years, he also regularly presents the weekend news on BBC1.
Full biography of Matthew Amroliwala
He is also a co-presenter of CrimeWatch and has presented a science, innovation and environmental series on the Discovery Channel.
Born and raised in Yorkshire, Matthew joined the BBC in 1989 after initially embarking on a career as an accountant. Prior to presenting BBC News 24, Matthew was a news, political and foreign correspondent over a period of eight years, reporting from Northern Ireland in the run-up to the ceasefires, reporting from Bosnia during the Balkans conflict, as well as stints in Westminster, Washington and New York.
He has, in fact, covered many of the major news stories in the last two decades both at home and abroad including the Asian Tsunami, the Hutton report, 9/11, the Concorde crash and the Iraq war. As a presenter he broadcast continuously for six hours on the day of the 7/7bombings in London.
Matthew has also been at the forefront of the BBC’s UK political coverage on its domestic rolling news channel having covered four general elections and presented all the major set piece events of the Westminster political calendar such as the Budget and the Queen’s Speech.
He was nominated by the Television and Radio Industry Club as Reporter of the Year in 1993 for his reporting on the Troubles in Northern Ireland and went on to cover the IRA ceasefire in 1997 and the Good Friday Agreement.
He has also made several documentaries for BBC2, investigating the under-age sex trade in Sri Lanka, discrimination in the NHS, and Racism in the Prison Service – a documentary that won an award at the Chicago Film Festival. Matthew was recently appointed to present CrimeWatch with Kirsty Young.