Nick Robinson

Nick Robinson

Nick Robinson has been reporting and presenting on radio and television for over thirty years. He is the only broadcaster to have been Political Editor for both the BBC and ITV News. 

Nick has presented a range of programmes across radio and television, chaired a party leader election debate and hosts Radio 4’s flagship Today programme.

With a talent for getting under the skin of the political leaders he’s questioned, at Camp David President George W Bush once asked him testily ‘you still hanging around’?


Nick’s broadcasting career began with work experience at Piccadilly Radio in Manchester before joining the BBC in 1986 as a production trainee. He worked as a television and radio producer for a variety of shows including Newsround and Crimewatch before becoming assistant producer for the Sunday political programme On The Record

From 1993 Nick was deputy editor of Panorama for three years before moving to become a political correspondent presenting Radio 5 Live’s Weekend Breakfast and Late Night Live. He covered the 1997 general election for BBC Radio.

In 1999 Nick became Chief Political Correspondent for BBC News 24 and presenter of Westminster Live. During the 2001 general election Nick started publishing a daily diary The Campaign Today later renamed Newslog as it continued beyond the election.

In 2002 Nick left the BBC to become ITN Political Editor for three years before returning to become BBC Political Editor after the 2005 general election. Nick worked across the BBC’s news output on radio and television as well as being a guest on Children In Need, Have I Got News For You and Top Gear. He has also presented a number of TV documentaries and a 16-part Radio series The Prime Ministers.

In 2015 Nick became a presenter on Radio 4’s Today programme


Live from Downing Street is both a personal account of life as BBC Political Editor and a wider examination of how the relationship between politicians and the media has developed over centuries. Published in 2012.

Election Notebook tells the story of the 2015 general election and the year leading up to it with a behind the scenes account of Nick’s encounters with leading politicians of all sides.  


Royal Television Society Specialist Journalist of the Year in 2007. 
Political Studies Association “Journalist of the Year” 2007
House Magazine “Commentator of the Year’.
Editorial Intelligence’s Comment Awards “Blogger of the Year” in 2010

Personal Life

Nick attended Oxford, University where he met his wife Pippa, a relationship counsellor, they have three children. Nick enjoys sailing, the theatre and, sometimes, supporting Manchester United.

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