Nicholas Anthony Robinson Biography
Nicholas Anthony Robinson is a British journalist who now works as a broadcaster for the BBC’s Today show. Prior to this, he worked for the BBC for eleven years as a political editor and in a variety of other capacities.
Robinson, who is renowned for his aggressive and outspoken attitude, has on numerous occasions made a commotion with his line of questioning, particularly when it comes to national leaders like George W. Bush. He has hosted shows like Westminster Live, Late Night Live, Weekend Breakfast, Newsnight, and BBC Radio 5 Live.
How old is Nicholas Anthony Robinson? – Age
Nicholas Robinson was born on 5 October 1963
Where did Nicholas Anthony Robinson go to school? – Education
Robinson studied philosophy, politics, and economics at Cheadle Hulme School and University College, Oxford.
Nicholas Anthony Robinson – Family
Robinson was born to a mother who worked as a translator and a father who worked as a sales director. His mom was born in Shanghai, where her German-Jewish parents had emigrated during the Great Depression. His dad was an Englishman. His parents met at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, and three months later married.
He was interested in political journalism since he was eight years old.
Nicholas Anthony Robinson Wife
Robinson and his relationships counselor wife Pippa met at university and married in 1991. Harry, Will, and Alice are their three children. He resides near Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in north London. He’s a lifetime Manchester United supporter who also likes sailing and going to the theater.
What is Robinson Salary?
He earns an estimated annual salary that ranges from £295,000 to £299,999.
Robinson Net Worth
Robinsons’s net worth is estimated to be $3 million.
Robinson was a founding member of the Macclesfield Young Conservatives (YC) and advanced through the ranks, eventually becoming Chairman of the Cheshire YC from 1982 to 1984 and a significant player in the moderate-controlled North West Area organization. In 1983, National YC Chairman Philip Pedley selected Robinson as National Campaign Director of Youth for Multilateral Disarmament and co-opted him onto the YC National Advisory Committee. From 1985 to 1987, Robinson served as National Vice Chairman, succeeding fellow moderate Richard Fuller as Chairman of the National Young Conservatives on the moderate ticket against significant right-wing opposition (1987–1988).
In 1985, he was elected President of the Oxford University Conservative Association.
1986–1996 (early career)
Robinson’s first job in broadcasting was at Manchester’s Piccadilly Radio, where he worked while healing from his injuries. He started as a production trainee at the BBC in 1986 and went on to work as a television and radio producer for a number of series, including Newsround and Crimewatch. He went on to work as an assistant producer for On the Record before being elevated to Panorama’s deputy editor in 1993, a post he maintained for three years.
He survived a vehicle accident in Lille, France, in 1982, in which the car, a two-door Volkswagen Beetle, exploded, killing his companions James Nelson and Will Redhead who was the son of Brian Redhead, an earlier presenter of Today on BBC Radio 4. Robinson was “severely burnt,” spending five weeks in the hospital and having to postpone his university application. Robinson was mentored by Brian Redhead, who subsequently encouraged him to pursue a career in political journalism by gifting him a copy of Tony Benn’s Arguments for Socialism on his birthday. Robinson’s early political loyalties, on the other hand, were to the right. While at Panorama in 1995, Robinson penned an internal BBC note wondering how an interview with Prime Minister John Major could be justified in the run-up to Scottish local elections. When the information was released, it drew the attention of the Labour Party, who saw it as a legalized denial of equal time in the run-up to local elections.
From 1996 through 2002, I worked as a political correspondent.
In July 2001, Robinson conducted a BBC News interview with Michael Portillo outside the Palace of Westminster.
In 1996, he joined BBC Radio 5 Live as a political correspondent, hosting Weekend Breakfast and Late Night Live, and in 1997, he covered the general election for BBC Radio. He became the lead political correspondent for BBC News 24 in October 1999, and he also hosted Westminster Live. Robinson began maintaining a daily campaign journal in the run-up to the 2001 general election. It was first called The Campaign Today, then Newslog, and it was updated until Robinson left the BBC. When he returned to the United States in 2005, he started a new blog with the same name.
The political editor of ITN from 2002 until 2005
Robinson left the BBC in 2002 to become the political editor of Independent Television News (ITN).
The appointment was regarded as “bold, inventive, and instantly effective” by Tom Bradby, who eventually replaced him in the post.
Robinson worked at ITN for three years, and when a Labour Party poster was revealed early in the 2005 general election campaign, it made quite a commotion. The banner stated that if the Conservatives were elected, they would remove £35 billion from public services; Robinson questioned Prime Minister Tony Blair, arguing that the poster was deceptive, forcing Blair to confess that the £35 billion number was “disingenuous.”
Labour later stated that Tony Blair will deliver “the most significant speech of the campaign” on immigration to a specially invited audience later in the election campaign. Robinson questioned Blair about why there were just white individuals in the crowd, and Blair refuted Robinson by pointing out a solitary Asian guy. Robinson later stated: “We know that the two major parties deliberately pick audiences in order to project a certain image. Is bringing this up a major issue of contention? This is what it means to enlighten the audience.” On election night, Robinson joined hosts Jonathan Dimbleby and Alastair Stewart to deliver political insight alongside the results.
Return to the BBC from 2005 until the present
In August 2005, Robinson left ITN and was hired as the BBC’s political editor, replacing Andrew Marr, over Martha Kearney.
Robinson’s outspoken style to journalism persisted, and he had run-ins with strong politicians on several occasions. Journalists were advised not to bring up Tony Blair’s simmering feud with Gordon Brown during his 2006 visit to Israel to discuss the Lebanon War. Bradby, who was then the political editor of ITV, asked a query about it but was informed it was “disrespectful.”
Robinson served as a political editor for the BBC’s political programs, including Today on BBC Radio 4, The Daily Politics, and Newsnight. He was a part of the BBC’s election night team.
Other television shows on which he has featured as a guest include Children in Need, Have I Got News for You, and Top Gear.
Robinson has produced a number of documentaries. In May 2011, he presented The Street That Cut Everything, a six-week experiment in which inhabitants of a street in Preston, Lancashire, had their council services revoked. For BBC Two in 2014, he broadcast The Truth About Immigration. For BBC Radio 4, he created The Prime Ministers, a 16-part biographical series. He produced a three-part documentary, Can Democracy Work, in anticipation of the 2015 general election.
On July 9, 2015, it was reported that Robinson will replace James Naughtie as a presenter on BBC Radio 4’s Today commencing in the fall of that year.
Robinson and Claudia Winkleman co-hosted the live final of BBC Two’s Icons: The Greatest Person of the 20th Century on February 5, 2019.
Prior to the 2019 general election, Robinson presented the last head-to-head discussion between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn.
In February 2020, reports appeared that Robinson had been approached about a potentially lucrative future post with Rupert Murdoch’s forthcoming radio station Times Radio. He does, however, continue to work for the BBC.
Robinson has been chastised for apparently having a pro-Conservative slant in her reporting.
During an interview, Alastair Campbell mentioned his past Conservative ties.
The BBC’s political editor, Nick Robinson, was accused of bias during the 2010 general election, prompting the creation of a Facebook page called “Nick Robinson should not be the BBC’s political editor” in August 2010.
Robinson asserted “that his affiliation [with the Conservatives] terminated twenty years ago” in a 2005 interview with David Rowan, the UK editor of Wired News.
Following a live BBC News at Six reports outside Parliament on the 2010 Spending Review on October 20, 2010, Robinson removed the anti-war, anti-cuts sign that had been waved immediately behind him the entire time, split it in half, and stamped on it. Robinson delivered a comically vague “letter of apology” on the comedy panel show Have I Got News for You a few days later, which aired on November 4, 2010. On the BBC News at Six on May 22, 2013, Robinson reported that the government was treating the fatal stabbing of an off-duty British soldier in London that afternoon as a terrorist attack, but he was chastised for using a source who described the murderers as “of Muslim look.” Robinson apologized on his BBC blog the next day after the BBC received 43 complaints regarding his usage of the phrase. Robinson had a disagreement with Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond on September 11, 2014, while covering the Scottish independence vote. Robinson had reported the day before that Lloyds Bank and RBS would be relocating their registered offices from Scotland to London in the event of a “Yes” vote. He was covering the Rochester and Strood by-election count in November 2014. He was photographed smiling with Jayda Fransen, the candidate and deputy head of the far-right group Britain First. Robinson denied any ties to Fransen, later admitting that he had imagined she was a count employee looking for a “selfie.” Fransen was later reported to be wearing a visible “candidate” badge at the time.
Douglas Murray accused Robinson of entrapping him on the Today show in October 2019 by increasing the headline of an essay he wrote two years prior.
Robinson returned to work at the BBC on 13 April 2015 as part of coverage for the 2015 general election after undergoing surgery to remove a bronchial carcinoid Neuroendocrine tumor in early 2015. The procedure was described as “completely successful.”
- The Power of Journalists (2019). The authors were; Nick Robinson, Gary Gibbon, Charlie Beckett, and Barbara Speed.
- Election Notebook: The Inside Story Of The Battle Over Britain’s Future And My Personal Battle To Report It Nick Robinson (2015).
- Live from Downing Street: The Inside Story of Politics, Power and the Media Nick Robinson (2012).
- Family Business (2009). The authors were Carole Howorth and Nick Robinson