Craig Oliver’s first appearance on camera

Craig Oliver, who has just been appointed to one of the most influential media roles in the UK as the Prime Minister’s communications chief, learned his trade at STV.

This video, shot in 1992, shows a young Oliver in one of his first appearances as an STV reporter covering a fire in a block of flats in Glasgow's Easterhouse.

Mr Oliver, who is married to BBC news presenter Joanna Gosling, went on to join ITN in 1993, later becoming producer of ITV’s News at 10.

His career also includes a spell as Channel 5’s programme editor and a brief stint at Channel 4 before he moved to the BBC as an editor and executive.

Now, he is replacing former News of the World editor Andy Coulson as David Cameron’s top media advisor.

Announcing Mr Oliver’s appointment, Mr Cameron said: "Craig has formidable experience as a broadcast journalist. He will do an excellent job in explaining and communicating the government's programme."

Mr Oliver said: "I'm delighted and privileged to be joining David Cameron and his team at such an exciting and challenging time.

"My background is broadcasting, but I know that newspapers play a crucial role and I look forward to talking with them.”


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