John Nicolson is an SNP politician, journalist, and broadcaster - and former World Student Debating Champion! John hosts his own show on Talk Radio, making this confident presenter ideal for events. As SNP Shadow Secretary of the powerful Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee, with whom he gained a reputation as a fearless interrogator, John can reflect on such topics as Brexit, Homophobia in Sport, BBC Charter Renewal, Blood Doping in Athletics and Governance of Football inquiries, when attending events.
Highly respected at events, John earned widespread praise for introducing the Turing Private Member's Bill to pardon all gay men found guilty of crimes no longer on the statute book. Former MP for East Dunbartonshire and current MP for Ochil and South Perthshire, he has been one of the Scottish National Party’s most high profile media figures, with repeat appearances on; BBC 1 Question Time, BBC Radio 4 Any Questions, Channel 5 The Wright Stuff and more. He is also a regular guest on BBC This Week with Andrew Neil. When booked for events, he can provide an expert social and political commentary on current events, informing and entertaining audiences.
Before being appointed a member of the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, John was a well known national broadcaster. He presented BBC Breakfast and ITV's Live with John Nicolson, making John an instantly recognisable event host. He reported for Newsnight and Panorama, including periods in Iraq, Palestine and Israel during the Gulf War. John was the BBC presenter live on air when the Twin Towers were struck - a broadcast which won the Foreign Press Association Award.
John was educated at Glasgow University and Harvard, having won a Kennedy Scholarship and a Harkness Fellowship. As a student, he was the Scottish, British Isles, and World Debating Champion. John Nicolson is warm and engaging, he is a vastly experienced speaker and conference chair making him ideal for a wide range of events. Since coming out as gay in 1999, John now uses his experience of homophobia in media, sport and politics to educate and inform audiences, inspiring acceptance with his first hand perspective. Whether John is presenting as an after dinner speaker or event, he has the effortless confidence and charm to resonate with audiences.