Continuing with the theme of ‘famous scousers’ todays’ article is about one of our
most well-known newscasters.
Peter George Sissons was born in Liverpool on 17th July 1942 he later attended Dovedale Road Junior School, along with John Lennon and Jimmy Tarbuck and after taking the 11+ examination he went on to the Liverpool Institute for Boys. He attended the institute from 1953 to 1961, amongst his fellow pupils were, Bill Kenwright, Stephen Norris, George Harrison and Paul McCartney. Peter went on to study at University College, Oxford where he was Treasurer of the University College Players.
Dovedale County Junior School
Peter Sissons was a household name in TV, news and current affairs were his passion and he started work at ITN as a writer in 1964, becoming a reporter some three years later and retiring in the summer of 2009 after nearly 45 years with ITN and the BBC. During that time he was wounded by gunfire while covering the Biafran War. His first period as a newsreader came in 1976 when he began anchoring ITN's 'News at One' bulletins alternately with Leonard Parkin, until the first incarnation of the series was dropped by ITV in 1987 after Leonard Parkin decided to retire from ITN; Sissons subsequently left for the BBC. He joined the BBC in 1989 as presenter of ‘Question Time’ and was also the joint presenter of the ‘Six O’clock News’.