Michael Barratt (television presenter)
Michael Barratt was born in Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire. His father was a civil servant. Barratt was educated at Rossall School, an independent boys' school near Fleetwood, Lancashire, and at Paisley Grammar School in Scotland. After leaving school, he became a journalist for Kemsley newspapers, before moving to Nigeria to be editor of the Nigerian Citizen and to work for the Nigerian Broadcasting Service. Following his return to the UK, he worked as a production journalist on several English regional newspapers including a period at the Wolverhampton Express & Star.
He became a reporter on the BBC current affairs programmes Midlands Today, going on to present Panorama, then 24 Hours. He was a Nationwide presenter from 1969 to 1977. He was also chairman of BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time from 1973 to 1977. He was also a presenter of Thames TV's Reporting London and Chairman of Michael Barratt Limited production company until 1997. He also presented Songs of Praise.
He has appeared, as himself, in both films and television, including the film The Magic Christian and The Goodies. In 1972 he was elected Rector of the University of Aberdeen. He is the author of several books including Michael Barratt's Complete Gardening Guide, Michael Barratt, Making the Most of the Media, and Making the Most of Retirement. In 2013 his autobiography, Mr. Nationwide, was published.
He was married first to Joan - they had three sons and three daughters before divorcing. In 1977 he married Nationwide presenter Dilys Morgan. They have two sons and a daughter.
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