Robert Peston is the BBC’s award winning Business Editor. Amongst many scoops, it was Robert who revealed that Northern Rock was close to technical insolvency and had approached the Bank of England for emergency support. The consequences are still reverberating around the City and in Government.
He 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 latest book, Who Runs Britain? How the Super-Rich are Changing our Lives. It explains the nature of the boom, and why we’re now having 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.