Nick Robinson has been the BBC’s Political Editor since October 2005. He returned to the BBC where he began his career after spending just under 3 years as Political Editor of ITV News.
His last post at the BBC was as News 24’s Chief Political Correspondent (from October 1999 to October 2002). During that time he also presented Westminster Live on BBC TWO, analysing Prime Minister’s Questions, and BBC News 24’s Straight Talk and One to One interview programme.
He was previously presenter of Radio Five Live’s Breakfast, at the weekends, and Late Night Live.
A former Deputy Editor of both Panorama and On The Record, Nick is a rare example of someone who’s switched from working behind the camera to working in front of it.
Nick Robinson was born in Macclesfield, Cheshire in 1963. He attended Cheadle Hulme School, followed by University College, Oxford where he studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He was inspired to go into broadcasting by the legendary Today programme presenter Brian Redhead, a family friend. His first broadcasting job was as an unpaid gofer on Piccadilly Radio in Manchester working for a man who’s now a BBC colleague – Jim Hancock of BBC North West.
Nick joined the BBC as a production trainee in 1986 and worked on Brass Tacks, This Week, Next Week, Newsround, Pamela Armstrong Show and Crimewatch. He joined On the Record as an assistant producer and worked his way up to become Deputy Editor. He then moved to Panorama where he was Deputy Editor for three years.
During the 1992 General Election campaign, Nick was the Editor of The Vote Race, a special series examining the marketing of politics and America’s influence on British campaigning.
In 1996 Nick moved in front of the camera to become a political correspondent, covering his first General Election for BBC Radio in 1997.