HE spent more than three decades reading the news for Channel 4, but now it’s Jon Snow's turn to hit the headlines.
The legendary journalist and broadcaster, 75, is the subject of a new, glossy documentary which will celebrate his life and outstanding career.
The one-off special took over six months to make and will not only feature Jon, but other big names in the industry saluting his work.
A TV insider says: “It’s the perfect tribute for Jon.
“He’s Channel 4’s longest-serving presenter and a much-loved colleague, so they felt it was fitting he should be the focus of a documentary.
"Jon’s done so much to put Channel 4 on the map and has such a fascinating career, they had so much material.”
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Jon joined ITN in 1967, becoming Washington Correspondent in 1984.
He became C4’s main news presenter in 1989 and has covered some of the biggest moments in history, from the fall of the Berlin Wall in the same year, to the release of Nelson Mandela in 1990 following 27 years in jail for trying to overthrow the pro-apartheid government.
Four years later Mandela became President.
He also reported on former US President Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration and the Haiti earthquake in 2010.
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Jon’s path to becoming a journalist wasn’t easy after he was expelled from university.
But inspired by his cousin Peter Snow, he bagged a job at radio station LBC as a presenter.
Keen cyclist Jon stepped down from his role in December 2021 after 32 years at the helm of the flagship news programme.
He still works for the broadcaster, recently travelling to Greece, Japan and California to produce January’s two-part docuseries, How To Live To 100.
The documentary about his own life will hit screens later this year.
It’ll be worth tuning in, even if only to admire his vast collection of ties.
SUGAR’S SET TO BE SWEETER
LORD SUGAR is planning to go softer on his Apprentices next time round.
The mogul whittles down a group of candidates to find a new business partner on the BBC reality show, but he thinks this year’s final interview stage with helpers Karren Brady and Claude Littner was far too harsh.
He told The Times magazine: “I think we need to tone that down a bit. I found it hard to watch.
“When I saw it in the end I thought, ‘This is too harsh’.
“I don’t think it’s entertaining. It used to be entertaining.
“All the previous [interview episodes] were entertaining. I’ve told them now. Believe me, it won’t be happening again.”
What’s next – hand- holding and cosy pep talks?
BACK TO SQUARE FOR JOE?
FORMER EastEnders star Joe Swash bemoaned his lacklustre soap exit while in the I’m A Celebrity camp, saying he felt robbed of a “doof doof” moment.
And it sounds like his sister Shana is also nostalgic.
While Joe played window cleaner Mickey Miller between 2003 and 2008, she played sister Demi until the family left the soap by moving to the Cotswolds.
On the Check It TV podcast, Shana said: “If EastEnders want me, I’m all theirs – we were never killed off, there’s always an opportunity to come back.
“EastEnders are very good at bringing back characters you’ve forgotten about.
“It would be nice to come back and show what Demi is like now that she’s grown up and an independent woman.”
Joe said in 2021 he would be up for a comeback, saying his final year on the show was marred by having meningitis.
Last month Roxy Mitchell, played by Rita Simons, was brought back from the dead.
Joe and Shana’s return would be simpler . . . and a real “doof doof” moment.
JAMES’S HOARD OF JOKES
INBETWEENERS joker James Buckley is facing an uphill battle to cut out the gags in new straight-laced Channel 5 show The Hoard.
The actor, who played foul-mouthed Jay Cartwright in the cult comedy, plays dodgy wheeler-dealer Ashley in the drama.
The four-parter about a group of pals who find a stash of Saxon treasure, airs later this year.
James said: “It’s definitely more drama than comedy, which is new territory for me, and I’m a bit worried about whether people will be able to take me seriously in a drama.
“Also, my natural thing is to try to make people laugh and I think some of the lines I’m delivering may be coming out funnier than they’re meant to be.”
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James, who stars with Neil Morrissey and Fay Ripley, added: “Although Ashley is a questionable character, when I read it, I thought he’s not all bad and maybe things have just got on top of him.
“I did the same thing with Jay from The Inbetweeners.”
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