BBC reporter shot six times receives OBE

The BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner, who was paralysed when he was shot while filming in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, was made an OBE.

Mr Gardner is confined to a wheelchair but returned to reporting in April. He said he was "thrilled" by the honour. The Arab specialist was shot six times at close range during a terrorist attack last year that claimed the life of the cameraman Simon Cumbers. One of the bullets severed his spinal nerves.

Mr Gardner, 43, said: "After a very tough year for me and my family this is at last a bit of good news. It's wonderful to be recognised too for the work I put in prior to being shot last year in trying to explain the whole global security issue to our audiences and trying to put a lot of the hyperbole into some sort of perspective." Also recognised from the world of journalism is Suzy Menkes-Spanier, fashion editor of the International Herald Tribune. She is appointed OBE for her contribution to fashion writing.

Sarah Kennedy, the former Game for a Laugh presenter who now hosts Radio 2's popular Dawn Patrollers show, is made an MBE for services to broadcasting.

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