Nick Robinson Biography
Nick is a well-respected and familiar face and voice on television and radio with over 30 years’ experience in reporting and broadcasting.
Nick joined the flagship Radio 4 ‘Today’ programme as a presenter in November 2015, after a decade as the BBC’s Political Editor covering Prime Ministers Blair, Brown and Cameron. Nick’s Twitter feed is followed by 900,000 people. His ‘Election Notebook’ was a Sunday Times bestseller.
Nick is a rare example of someone who switched from working behind the microphones and cameras to working in front of them since he started out in broadcasting at Manchester’s Piccadilly Radio in 1986. He then worked his way up as a producer for the BBC, working on a variety of shows including ‘Newsround’ and ‘Crimewatch’ before becoming an assistant producer for ‘On the Record’. In 1993, Nick was promoted to Deputy Editor of ‘Panorama’ and, by 1999, Nick was not only a political correspondent for the BBC, but also presenting ‘Weekend Breakfast’ and ‘Late Night Live’ on Radio 5 Live.
In 1999, Nick became Chief Political Correspondent on BBC News Channel but left the BBC in 2002 and joined ITV News, spending three years as their Political Editor; in that time covering the 2005 General Election campaign.
Nick returned to the BBC in 2005, as the BBC’s Political Editor and is the only person to have been Political Editor for the country’s two largest broadcasters; ITV and BBC. He held this position for ten years, travelling with, and covering, first Tony Blair, then Gordon Brown and finally David Cameron when they were Prime Minister. In this role, Nick covered the two General Elections and the formation of the coalition government in 2010, appearing regularly on the BBC News at Ten, Daily Politics and Today programme. He anchored the BBC’s Election night special programme alongside David Dimbleby.
Nick is a regular face and voice on television and radio having presented a range documentaries and discussion programmes including: ‘The Street that Cut Everything’, BBC2’s ‘Newsnight’ and ‘Your Money and How to Spend It’, ‘The Truth About Immigration’, ‘Europe – Them and Us’, ‘The Prime Ministers’ and ‘Can Democracy Work’. He hosted ‘NHS at 70 Live’ on BBC2, and the final of ‘Icons’ with Claudia Winkleman.
Nick has also made other documentaries and television appearances for the BBC including ‘Sir Alex Fergusson – Secrets of Success’ and has also appeared as guest on ‘Children in Need’, ‘Have I got News for You’, and ‘Top Gear’.
Nick has also presented two Panorama programmes; in March 2018, he debated ‘Immigration: Who should we let in?’ and in September 2018, Nick interviewed Prime Minister Theresa May in a Panorama documentary ‘Inside No. 10: Deal or No Deal’.
Nick is the author of ‘Live From Downing Street’ (October 2012), detailing a history of the relationship between politicians and broadcasters through the decades, and ‘Election Notebook’ (June 2015) which charted not only the year leading up to the General Election, but also Nicks fight with cancer, subsequent loss of his voice and his own battle to report on the election.
Nick has a won a string of awards including Royal Television Society “Specialist Journalist of the Year”, House Magazine “Commentator of the Year’, Political Studies Association “Political Journalist of the Year” and Editorial Intelligence’s “Blogger of the Year”.
Born in Macclesfield, Cheshire in 1963, Nick attended Cheadle Hulme School, then University College, Oxford where he studied politics, philosophy and economics.
Nick lives in North London with his wife, three children and dog. He was inspired to become a broadcaster by his friend’s dad, Brian Redhead – a presenter on the ‘Today’ programme. Nick is a lifelong Manchester United fan who also enjoys sailing and theatre. He almost lost his voice after cancer surgery in Spring 2015 but has since made a good recovery.
Testimonials for Nick Robinson
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“
Testimonial for Live from Downing Street: “Canny, plain-speaking and fair, Nick Robinson writes as the penetrating insider he is.”
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”
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“
Nick Robinson‘s Topics
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