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Sir David Attenborough marks 98th birthday

SIR David Attenborough is marking his 98th birthday, continuing to extend his unparalleled career as a TV broadcasting legend and naturalist. Born in Leicester, this distinguished figure holds the Guinness World Record for the longest tenure as a TV presenter and naturalist, an impressive span of 70 years and 246 days.

Sir David’s television debut occurred on 2nd September 1953, captivating audiences on the BBC Children’s Television show ‘Animal Disguises’. His illustrious career, spanning over eight decades, is marked by unique achievements. Notably, he remains the sole recipient of BAFTA awards across various television eras, from black and white to colour, HD, and 3D formats.

Beyond his television success, Sir David boasts over 30 honorary degrees and two knighthoods. In 1966, he inaugurated the Attenborough Nature Reserve in Nottinghamshire, underlining his commitment to environmental causes. Additionally, he holds honorary life membership with the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.

Recognising his significant contributions, the UN’s Environment Programme (UNEP) named him a ‘Champion of the Earth’ in 2022, lauding his efforts in educating the public about the natural world and climate change.

Mike Gunton, a TV producer who has collaborated with Sir David since the 1980s, revealed to Reuters that retirement is not on the horizon for the 98-year-old. Recounting a recent conversation, Gunton quoted Sir David’s response to retirement inquiries: “‘Retirement, retirement? I don’t even know the word’.”