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Clear with Precise Authority
Playing Age: 40 - 55

Simon studied journalism as a degree course at the Polytechnic of Central London in 1985. He got his first job in the London bureau of ABC News soon after graduating. His first big story was the downing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie. The momentous collapse of communism and the fall of the Berlin Wall cemented his passion for world news.

The start of 2002 saw him take up his post as bureau chief for ABC in Jerusalem for 9 years, and served 3 years as chairman of the Foreign Press Association.  In 2005 he became ABC’s Middle East Correspondent responsible for reporting to all of the network’s daily broadcasts and digital outlets.  Simon moved back to the UK in 2010 with his family, and spends much of his time as a freelance journalist.

In 2012 he made a BAFTA nominated documentary on the Isle of Man TT as part of Al Jazeera’s “Correspondent” series. It remains one of Al Jazeera’s most watched films.  Simon is a voice artist and regular guest lecturer at a number of London colleges of journalism.

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