What’s the best job in TV?
Mine – no question about that. No two days are ever the same. The other day I was down in South Africa because Mandela was thought to be dying, and a week later I was sitting in a restaurant ordering a pizza and my phone goes – Mrs Thatcher was dead.
What can’t you miss?
This is terrible, but I don’t really watch television at home. I do watch Newsnight and news channels all day. So by the time I get home I’m exhausted.
What will TV be like in 30 years’ time?
We could have a chip in our heads, so we just have to think, “I want to watch BBC1.”
What do you hope will stand the test of time?
I’m bound to say Channel 4 News. Despite advances in technology, our figures have not gone down. If anything they’ve gone up. When I started, it wasn’t possible to communicate with anyone in TV unless you wrote them a letter. Now I have an active relationship with 300,000 followers on Twitter and I occasionally tweet while I’m on air – it’s come of age. It’s a fantastic moment to be in television. The best.
What should win the RT Audience Award?
Despite being addicted to Homeland, I’m afraid the Olympics Opening Ceremony by a million miles. It was one of the most sensational things I’ve ever seen, in any form, on any visual medium.
The British Academy Television Awards are on Sunday 12 May at 8:00pm on BBC1