Michael Parkinson is an English broadcaster, journalist and author. He presented his interview programme, Parkinson, from 1971 to 1982 and from 1998 to 2007. He's described as the great British talkshow host. Throughout his career, Michael also broadcast extensively on radio and remained a busy and prolific journalist and writer. Since retiring from television and radio shows in 2007, Sir Michael has released his autobiography, entitled Parky, and was knighted in June 2008. In July 2008, Sir Michael was named Ambassador for the government's Dignity in Care campaign and he maintained that role until January 2010. The aim of the campaign was to encourage people to treat the elderly with compassion and respect and as an individual when they're in care. Sir Michael's mother, Freda Rose, was diagnosed with a form of dementia aged 94 and died with the condition two years later. Sir Michael's experiences in those two years led him to campaign for better care and services for people with dementia and their carers.