Robert Peston is an English journalist and presenter. He is the Political Editor of ITV News and host of the weekly political discussion show Peston on Sunday. Amongst many scoops during his time in business and politics, it was Robert who revealed that Northern Rock was close to technical insolvency and had approached the Bank of England for emergency support. This was the beginning of a chain of events in the banking sector which effected the entire world economy and in 2009 took the World into recession.
Robert was previously City and Assistant Editor of The Sunday Telegraph, in charge of the business and money sections. Before that he was the FT’s Financial Editor and a member of the editorial board. He had also served as Political Editor, Banking Editor and founder of the investigations unit.
Robert’s coverage of Northern Rock won the Royal Television Society‘s award for Scoop of the Year. Other recent honours include winning the digital media category in the Private Equity and Venture Capital Journalist of the Year Awards. Robert is also a past winner of the Harold Wincott prize, and Granada‘s What the Papers Say award for investigative journalism.
In 2008 Hodder & Stoughton published Robert Peston’s book, Who Runs Britain? How the Super-Rich are Changing our Lives. It explains the nature of the boom, and why we had to pay the price for excess; or as The Guardian described it, how Labour glorified the City and (allowed it to) put all the nation’s economic eggs into one dangerous basket of fizzy finance. Robert has since presented Super Rich: The Greed Game for BBC2, on the causes and consequences of the Credit Crunch. Robert Peston is also author of Brown’s Britain, a biography of the then Chancellor which was heralded by Sir Howard Davies, director of the London School of Economics, as ‘a book of unusual political significance’.
In October 2015, it was announced that Robert would leave the BBC to join ITV News as their Political Editor, replacing Tom Bradby who became the main presenter of News at Ten. Robert made his last appearance on BBC News on 25 November 2015, and his first appearance on ITV‘s News at Ten on 11 January 2016. He had a significant scoop in April 2016, when Prime Minister David Cameron stated in an interview he had profited from his father’s offshore Blairmore Holdings trust, after information about the trust had been disclosed in the Panama Papers release.
Robert can also be found presenting ITV‘s new weekly political discussion show, Peston on Sunday, which started in May and is live every Sunday morning with guests from across the worlds of politics, business and public affairs amongst many others.
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