The Road Taken.

By Michael Buerk

Printed: 2004

Publisher: Hutchinson. London

Edition: First edition

Dimensions 17 × 24 × 4 cm

Language: Loft 17

Size (cminches): 17 x 24 x 4

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In the original dustsheet. Black cloth binding with gilt title on the spine.

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Michael Buerk occupies a unique position in British public life. From The Choice to The Moral Maze he combines the serious with the popular. Famous as a newscaster on the nightly news, he made his name in the toughest of journalistic environments and few of us could forget his emotive reports from Ethiopia at the height of the famine. He began his journalistic career with the Thomson Newspaper group in 1967 and went on to work on The Daily Mail. He joined the BBC in 1970. During his subsequent years as a foreign correspondent, which included a four-year posting to South Africa, he reported from 53 countries. He has won numerous awards including Radio Broadcaster of the Year, the Royal Television Society’s Journalist of the Year and the BAFTA News Award. Michael Buerk has presented BBC Radio 4’s The Moral Maze, a lively ethical dilemma discussion forum, since it began in 1990. Since 1998 he has also presented The Choice, in which an individual explores how they coped with a personal dilemma. He has just stepped down from presenting BBC1’s flagship The Ten O’Clock News to concentrate on high profile reporting and has several major television projects planned for the BBC.

Review: I expected this book to be well written, interesting, an insight into the workings of the BBC and so on but it is much, much more. It is an incredibly moving story of a talented, modest man who was in the right places at the right times to reveal some of the most important stories of the last 40 years.

It is also funny, horrific and that word again: moving. I was interested in Michael’s take on the BBC both during his main career, when the book was written and his thoughts on its future. As someone who has lost confidence in the Corporation and its current politically-correct, cynical, smug, leftist programming and news delivery, the reader can make up his/her own mind. A worthy five stars for a worthy individual and autobiography.


Michael Duncan Buerk (born 18 February 1946) is a British journalist and newsreader. He presented BBC News from 1973 to 2002 and has been the host of BBC Radio 4’s The Moral Maze since 1990. He was also the presenter of BBC One’s docudrama 999 from 1992 to 2003. From 2017, Buerk also presented the TV programme Royal Recipes which ran for two series.

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