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Robert was the first to draw public attention to the fact that Northern Rock was approaching technical insolvency. The ex-FT Financial Editor and author of How Do We Fix This Mess? and WTF? is now the most followed UK journalist in social media. After reporting on the scale of China’s debt and traditional retail’s reaction to online competition, Robert moved to ITV to take on a broad remit – including an agenda-setting weekly politics show.
Robert Peston is ITV’s Political Editor and host of their flagship politics and current affairs show, Peston. He covers the latest happenings in Westminster and beyond, interviewing the important players on the national and international political scenes.
Prior to his high-profile move Robert was the BBC’s Economics Editor, revealing the stories behind the statistics and explaining the implications of domestic, European and global economic shifts. Before that, as Business Editor, he broadcast and published a series of exclusive and influential stories about the global financial situation. He revealed the crises at Northern Rock and RBS, the emergency rescue of HBOS, and the tumult around the credit crunch, bailouts and austerity.
Before joining the BBC, Robert was City and Assistant Editor of the Sunday Telegraph, in charge of the business and money sections, and the FT's Financial Editor. At the FT, he was a member of the editorial board and earlier he served as its Political Editor, Banking Editor and founder of the investigations unit.
Away from the cameras Robert has also won plaudits for his online journalism, and he is the author of critically acclaimed books including How Do We Fix This Mess? and Who Runs Britain?. Both examine the causes and long-term implications of the 2008 financial crisis. Whilst his third title, WTF? takes a broader look at the world, what’s gone wrong, and proposes possible solutions across politics, society and business.
Amongst a wealth of journalism awards Robert has to his name, he has won the Royal Television Society's Journalist of the Year, Specialist Journalist of the Year, and Scoop of the Year (twice), the Wincott Prize for financial journalism, and the Broadcasting Press Guild's award for Best Performer in a non-acting role.
Robert has written and presented a number of documentaries and factual series, notably four films about China's boom and possible bust, two on the EU referendum, three films on the financial crisis, and the popular series Robert Peston Goes Shopping. Away from journalism Robert is also the founder of the education charity Speakers for Schools, and the Chair of Hospice UK.
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After switching from a business to a political brief just as the two have become closely intertwined, Robert is very well placed to consider what might happen next. He has inside knowledge of the pressure points, personalities and potential consequences in both camps – but he’s quick to admit the danger of making predictions. He guides you through the soap opera with gusto and a surprising amount of humour. JLA Agent Nicola Jones
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