Angus McDermid, BBC Foreign Correspondent, Dies
LONDON (AP) _ Angus McDermid, one of the British Broadcasting Corp.’s most distinguished radio foreign correspondents who worked in Africa, Washington and Europe, has died, his family announced today. He was 67.
He died at his home in north Wales on Thursday, the family said. No cause of death was given.
McDermid’s reports were a staple of BBC radio news bulletins for more than 20 years. Among the many events he covered were the Nigerian civil war in the 1960s and the Watergate scandal in the United States in the 1970s.
Always versatile, he sidestepped Nigerian censors in the civil war by dictating his exclusive story on the assassination of an army general in the Welsh to his wife in London.
McDermid started his career as a part-time reporter on a small newspaper in north Wales in 1939 and rejoined the paper after service with the Royal Air Force during World War II.
He joined the BBC in 1957 and in 1963 became its central African correspondent, based in what was then Rhodesia.
In 1964, he was appointed the BBC’s west Africa correspondent. In 1969, his beat was central and east Africa and shortly after he became the BBC’s South Africa correspondent based in Johannesburg.
He was appointed the BBC’s Washington correspondent in 1972 and returned to Europe five years later to become its correspondent in Brussels, headquarters of the European Economic Community.
He was appointed diplomatic and court correspondent in 1979 and although he officially retired in 1980 he was a regular BBC radio presenter until 1987.
Queen Elizabeth II honored him in 1980 by making him an officer of the Order of the British Empire.
He is survived by his wife and their daughter.