He has won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for factual broadcasting. He has also been awarded the Golden Nymph at the Monte Carlo Film and Television Festival (Europe's premier prize for television journalism), the United States National Headliner and George Polk awards, two of the three most important honours there for broadcasters.
He has reported for BBC TV News since 1973. He was a network reporter (1973-1976), industrial correspondent (1976/7), Energy Correspondent (1977/9), Scotland Correspondent (1979/80), Special Correspondent (1980/2) and Southern Africa Correspondent (1983/7).
He presented BBC Television's flagship news programme, The Ten O'clock News and he also presented the peak-time BBC 1 programme about emergencies, 999. He is chairman of the BBC's discussion programme on moral and ethical issues The Moral Maze (BBC Radio 4), and, also for Radio 4, presented The Choice, a single interview programme about individual dilemmas. In addition he chairs, presents, reports for and contributes to, a number of other television and radio programmes, mostly for the BBC. These have included major events such as the Royal Wedding of Prince Edward, the Eclipse and the BBC's Millennium night coverage, and also BBC1 docudrama Wren: The Man Who Built Britain and major BBC1 series Tobacco Wars and Soul of Britain and the three-part series The Hand of God in 2003. In 2005 he presented What Are Men For? as part of the Don’t Get Me Started series on Channel Five.
Michael’s autobiography, The Road Taken, was published in 2004.
Apart from broadcasting, he lectures on international issues and environmental matters and chairs conferences on current affairs, political and industrial questions.