One of the best known British journalists and presenters, Robinson is currently the BBC Radio 4 Today programme presenter having previously been their Political Editor for ten years. A relentless interviewer, he has drawn worldwide attention to issues through his bold and sometimes blunt questioning of leading public figures, figures including world leaders such as George W. Bush.
Nick Robinson began his broadcasting career as a presenter on Manchester's Piccadilly Radio before completing his education and joining the BBC in 1986. As a trainee, he worked in production for shows including Crimewatch, Brass Tacks and Newsround. By 1993, he had gained enough experience to become the deputy editor of the acclaimed Panorama series.
From producer to political correspondent, Robinson began working on Weekend Breakfast and Late Night Live on Radio 5 Live in the mid 1990s, and was chosen to present the radio coverage of the 1997 general election. He became the chief political correspondent on the BBC News 24 channel in 1999 and presented Westminster Live and The Campaign Today, keeping viewers up to date with the progress of the 2001 general election. Responsible for analysing Prime Ministers Questions, it was during this period that Robinson became known for his bold interviewing style, asking difficult but necessary questions of political figures. With an approach sometimes described as confrontational, he tackles pressing issues and will not allow interviewees to evade controversial topics. Between 2002 and 2005, Robinson worked for ITN as political editor, covering some of the most important political debates of the time.
One of the first journalists to take up blogging, since 2001 Robinson has kept readers up to date with the latest political news. Now called Newslog, the regular postings have a wide readership. With his reputation, it is also clear why Robinson has been asked to share his insight on a number of specialist programmes, including The Daily Politics, Newsnight and Today and to appear on shows including Top Gear, Children in Need and Have I Got News for You. He is also a popular speaker whose after dinner talks, awards hosting and conference facilitating have educated and inspired numerous corporate clients.
Born in Macclesfield in 1963, Nick Robinson began displaying an interest in political journalism from the age of just eight years. A bright student, he read philosophy, politics, and economics at University College, Oxford and was mentored and encouraged to pursue political journalism by Brain Redhead, then a co-presenter of BBC Radio 4's Today programme whose shoes he now fills.
Live from Downing Street: The Inside Story of Politics, Power and the Media (2012)
An abundance of experience in current affairs, politics and the media make Nick Robinson an ideal speaker. His use of humour and anecdotes combine with his sometimes blunt speaking style, leading to unique, entertaining and informative talks which reach right to the heart of the topics in question.
Having worked his way from radio presenter to become deputy editor of 'Panorama' and then a respected political journalist, it is little wonder that Robinson is in demand as a speaker, with clients appreciating his honesty and his extensive knowledge of current affairs. His achievements also make him an inspiration for aspiring journalists and public figures - indeed anyone with an interest in the way in which countries are run.
Testimonial for Live from Downing Street: "Nick Robinson skips lightly through the great battles between Downing Street and the broadcast media... a fun, well-paced account" - Sunday Times
Testimonial for Live from Downing Street: "Sharp-witted, full of surprises and with a great sense of history, Nick Robinson pulls back the curtain on an essential part of the democratic story. For everyone who wants to know more about the long, and sometimes hilarious, mud-wrestle between power and the media - and about the man behind the glasses - this is a must" - Andrew Marr
Testimonial for Live from Downing Street: "Canny, plain-speaking and fair, Nick Robinson writes as the penetrating insider he is." - Matthew Parris
Testimonial for Live from Downing Street: "[Robinson] comes across much as he does on television or radio: never at a loss and able to deliver not just the news, but a definitive judgment on it" - Financial Times