Peter is currently the Chair of both the Investment and Archive Committees at Northern Ireland Screen whose co-productions include “Games of Thrones”, “Line of Duty” and “Derry Girls”. He is also a Governor of Stranmillis University College in Belfast and the Chief Executive of Politics in Action, a shared education initiative which is supported by the Rank Foundation. The role involves working with 25 schools across Northern Ireland whose students come from different backgrounds and work together to find solutions to the issues which matter to them.
Previous roles have included Head of Network Television, BBC North; Senior Vice-President, Discovery Networks International; General Manager, Animal Planet International and Chief Executive, CTVC, which is part of the Rank Foundation. During his period at CTVC, “TrueTube”, the online channel which specialises in religious education and citizenship, won the BAFTA award for Children’s Channel of the Year (2017). The Company also won an RTS award for best edited documentary (“Welcome to Mayfair”) as well as three nominations for a Grierson documentary award.
Peter’s broadcasting career has spanned almost six decades. He started as a child actor 1n 1962 where he played a dog on the BBC Northern Ireland Home Service’s Children’s Hour. Subsequently he produced programmes with Sir David Frost, Jeremy Paxman, Esther Rantzen, Emma Barnett and Gloria Hunniford. He edited BBC One’s eponymous thrice weekly talk show “Wogan” and launched “First Edition with Jon Snow”, a schools current affairs programme on Channel Four for 9-13 year olds, which ran for eight years. As General Manager of Animal Planet he commissioned “Meerkat Manor” which subsequently aired on Animal Planet USA, BBC Two and Channel 5.
In 2000 Peter was elected a fellow of the Royal Television Society and in 2002, while working in the USA, he was appointed an Alternate Director for the Emmys committee.