Alastair Stewart presents ITV1 news bulletins and co-hosts ITV London's flagship programme London Tonight. He received an OBE from the Queen in June 2006 for his services in broadcasting.
Alastair returned to ITV News as an anchor on the ITV News Channel for the 2003 Iraq War, the channel's Local Government Elections coverage and a special programme on the European Single Currency. Alastair won news presenter of the year at the 2005 RTS awards for 'Live with Alastair Stewart' on the ITV News Channel.
For eleven years, before the 2004 ITV merger, he presented a range of news and current affairs programmes for Carlton-Granada's London News Network.
Before joining LNN, he was a presenter of ITN's News at Ten, a role he resumed in 1991 following a year in the United States as ITN, Washington Correspondent. Four days after returning from his assignment in Washington he was sent to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, to anchor ITN's coverage of the Gulf War. He presented News at Ten, live from Saudi Arabia for two months. At the end of February, Alastair was the first British television reporter to be broadcast, live from the liberated Kuwait City. He presented News at Ten from Kuwait for a week before returning to the UK.
Alastair subsequently presented Scottish TV's special coverage of the gulf War Service of Thanksgiving, attended by HM the Queen, for the ITV network.
He originally joined News at Ten in May 1989 from ITN's News at 5.40, which he presented from September 1986. Priot to that he spent three years as a presenter and reporter with ITN's Channel 4 News. He was also the presenter of ITN's Parliament Programme for Channel Four. He is one of the very few people who has, at one time or another, presented all of ITN's main news programmes.
Alastair joined ITN as an industrial correspondent in 1980 and had his first taste of newscasting a year later.
ITN's network coverage of the 1992 Budget saw the ninth year of Alastair's involvement in the presentation of this special programme for ITV. It was his fifth year anchoring the programme having taken the role from Sir Alastair Burnet.
Alastair co-anchored ITV's network coverage of the 1997 General Election with Jonathon Dimbleby and Michael Brunson; the 1992 General Election with Jon Snow; and the 1987 General Election with Sir Alastair Burnet.
He has also provided the commentary for many of ITN's other special programmes on the ITV network including the State Openings of Parliament, numerous by-elections, State Visits and for the Royal Weddings of the Price and Princess of Wales and Duke and Duchess of York. Alastair provided live coverage of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster as the details of the tragedy unfolded. A two minute news-flash became an unscripted, one hour special programme. He also anchored, with Sandy Gall, the award winning coverage on ITN on the night of the bombing of the Pan Am jet over Lockerbie; he also presented ITV's network coverage of the Memorial Service for the victims.
His career in television started in 1976 with ITV's Southern Television. He was a reporter, industrial correspondent, presenter and documentary maker. He recorded one of the last interviews with Lord Mountbatten, and even spent six weeks in Ford Open prison to make a half hour documentary.
Alastair Stewart studied economics, politics and sociology at Bristol University and was Deputy President of the National Union of Students, 1974-76.