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Anita McNaught

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									Anita McNaught
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Anita McNaught (born 1965) is a United Kingdom/New Zealand dual nationality freelance journalist and television presenter,
currently working for Al Jazeera English.
Born in London in 1965, at the age of 20 she moved to New Zealand where she worked for 12 years before returning to the
United Kingdom in 1997. She has worked as a television reporter for Television New Zealand (TVNZ), CNN and Al Jazeera
English, and has also contributed prominently to radio as a regular contributor on Radio New Zealand - and in print
journalism.

    Contents
 1 Career
 2 Olaf Wiig
 3 Notes
 4 External links


Career
At the age of 22, McNaught began work as a reporter for TVNZ. She went on to become a popular presenter for a number of
news and current affairs programmes. In 1995, she moved to the competitor channel TV3 where she worked as a reporter on
the current affairs programme 20/20.
Upon her return to the United Kingdom in 1997, she joined the BBC as a freelance journalist, presenting various programmes
on BBC World News such as The World Today and Asia Today, as well as general news bulletins, until 2004. During her time
in the country, she also presented BBC Two's Open Minds arts and culture series in 1999, as well as Channel 4 television's
miscarriage of justice series Clear My Name in 1998. Between 2000 and 2001, she also wrote features for The Times
newspaper. Upon leaving BBC World, she continued to work on a freelance basis for other BBC departments, in one case
working on BBC Radio 5 Live's 5 Live Report.
McNaught has covered events from the studio such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings of Winnie Mandela,
and the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. She anchored rolling coverage of the entry of UN forces into Kosovo and
Baghdad, and with Al Jazeera covered events in Libya.

She has also covered stories for the media criticism show Eating Media Lunch, and was a founding board member of WIFT[1]
- Women in Film and Television - in New Zealand.

Olaf Wiig
Her ex-husband, Olaf Wiig, is a cameraman for Fox News. On August 14, 2006, he was taken hostage in the Gaza Strip
along with colleague Steve Centanni. Wiig and Centanni were released after 13 days in captivity, August 27, 2006, having
appeared in a videotape saying - at gunpoint - that they had "embraced Islam with the Islamic prophet Muhammad as their
leader". Upon release, Olaf and Steve were reunited with family and friends. Wiig and McNaught were then taken to New
York City in Rupert Murdoch's (owner of News Corp, Fox's parent company) private jet and reunited with Wiig's New Zealand
family members who had flown to New York.

Notes
   1. ^ "From Whence We Came        , WIFT magazine

External links
   BBC World profile of Anita McNaught
   New Zealanders of the Year: Anita McNaught         , The New Zealand Herald — 9 December 2006
  New Zealand Listener magazine interview with Anita McNaught   — 20 March 2004
  Anita McNaught interviews Robert Fisk
  Anita McNaught interviews Saif al-Islam Gaddafi




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