Michael Duncan Buerk (born February 18, 1946) is a BBC journalist and newsreader, most famous for his reporting of the Ethiopian famine on 23 October, 1984, which inspired the Band Aid charity record.
He currently lives in Guildford with his wife, with whom he has twin sons. One of his sons, Roland, survived the South Asian tsunami on Boxing Day, 2004. Earlier in 2004, he had published his autobiography called The Road Taken.
During the 2001 Oscars Buerk commented live on air that the BBC's Arts Correspondent Rosie Millard was wearing the 'best supporting dress'.
Buerk has also criticised some of his colleagues for being overpaid "lame brains".
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