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Sir Trevor McDonald warns of the use of 'fake news' ahead of trip to Basingstoke

Sir Trevor McDonald - picture credited to The Anvil

Sir Trevor McDonald says he thinks some people in the public eye are using accusations of 'fake news' to avoid being held to account.

The veteran newscaster's spoken to The Breeze ahead of a visit to the Anvil in Basingstoke to talk about his new autobiography on Thursday 28th November.

Sir Trevor's also told us social media doesn't have to be accurate, well balanced and truthful.

He's worried that's leading to false stories spreading:

"I wanted to get at political figures, who think they can discard the truth about them by deeming it to be fake news.

"Whenever I hear a politician say 'that's not true, it's fake news', I think to myself 'that must be true' given the scepticism we have in this trade."

We asked Sir Trevor if there was anything he missed doing since he stepped down from News At Ten in 2008.

He gave us this reaction:

"One of the stories I loved covering was an American Presidential campaign.

"Occasionally, I see someone outside Washington and think 'oh it might be nice to be there' - and I occasionally miss it then.

"Missing reading the news? No, certainly not at all."

You can hear from Sir Trevor McDonald in the clip below. He's been speaking to our reporter Simon McLean.

To find out more about Sir Trevor McDonald's event at The Anvil click here.

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