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Alastair Yates is a former presenter on BBC News.

Alastair had been part of the BBC News 24 schedule since the channel launched and he has presented on its sister channel BBC World since 1992.

As a senior presenter, Alastair was posted to Berlin in 1998 to report on the election of Chancellor Schroeder.

Before joining the BBC, Alastair presented on Sky News, where he presented the breakfast programme. Alastair’s television career has also taken him around the UK – Alastair has worked for BBC Midlands, Grampian in Scotland and Anglia in the east of England. He began his broadcasting career at BBC Radio Derby where he hosted the breakfast show.

Away from work, Alastair is a prolific globetrotter.

At 6pm this evening, Sky News will be 24 years old! The 24 hour news channel launched on Sunday 5th February 1989. Penny Smith and Alastair Yates presented the first bulletin, followed an hour later by Bob Friend and Kay Burley. Sky News has posted…

  • Dave

    Haven’t seen him on air for a while. Just wondered if he had been quietly phased out of the schedules because he’s reached a “certain age”. If so I think it would be a great pity, as in my opinion he’s one of the best they’ve got! Maybe he’s just taking an extended leave after working the graveyard shift for so long?