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Raymond Fitzwalter was born in Lancashire and read economics at the London School of Economics. He was deputy news editor on the Bradford Telegraph and Argus where he wrote the first articles on the Poulson Affair in 1970. In 1969 he was Young Journalist of the Year and Commonwealth Press Union Scholar to Pakistan.

In 1970 he joined Granada Television’s World in Action, becoming editor in 1976, a post he held for 11 years becoming executive producer in 1987. He was head of current affairs 1987-93 supervising such programmes as What the Papers Say, single and series documentaries and drama documentaries.

He has been awarded two BAFTAs, one citing “an outstanding creative contribution to television”, and is a Fellow of the Royal Television Society. From 1993 to 2003 he ran an independent production company and is currently a visiting professor at the International Media Centre, Salford University

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