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Monday, Jul 22, 2024

Clive Myrie on BBC Election Night and Enduring Racism

Clive Myrie is hosting the BBC's general election night programme. He opened up about the severe racism he faced, including death threats. He and Laura Kuenssberg will co-host, marking the first time a black man and a woman lead this coverage. Myrie also discussed the emotional impact of the Windrush scandal on his family and his growing sensitivity to news.
Clive Myrie, a seasoned journalist, is set to host the BBC’s general election night programme.

Speaking to Lauren Laverne on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, Myrie recounted the severe racism he has faced, including threats and vile insults.

In 2017, he received a death threat from a convicted firearms offender.

Myrie will co-host the election coverage with Laura Kuenssberg, marking the first time a black man and a woman will lead the broadcast.

Myrie, who joined BBC in 1988, emphasized wanting to be seen as a journalist rather than being defined by his race.

He also touched on the impact of the Windrush scandal, revealing that his brothers were affected.

Myrie expressed a heightened emotional response to news as he ages, feeling more affected by the suffering of others.
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