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Richard Bilton has been a reporter for BBC Panorama since 2007.

He works across BBC journalism and has presented a number of series for BBC Two on topics ranging from poverty and social mobility to surveillance and diplomacy.

Before moving to Panorama, Richard was the BBC’s Special Correspondent for the News at Six and Ten.

He reported from New York in the aftermath of 9/11 and has covered wars in Iraq, Lebanon and Sri Lanka. He exposed child labour in Brazil, people smuggling in Senegal and the extent of climate change in Antarctica.

He covered the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the Soham murders and the Shannon Matthews case.

Previously Richard was the BBC’s Social Affairs Correspondent and Environment Correspondent. He reported on the Dr Harold Shipman case, the cockling deaths and the foot and mouth crisis.

Richard started his career as a radio reporter in Birmingham, Cleveland and Essex – and in regional television in the East Midlands. He was born in 1969 and lives near York.

Name? Richard Bilton, Special Correspondent Age? I’m 37. Where are you from? I’m from Leeds. How did you get started in broadcasting? I’ve risen up through the BBC structure. Local radio in Cleveland was my first job, my first local television job was in Nottingham….

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