Robert Peston, BBC’s award winning Business Editor, is a fantastic economics and business conference and after dinner speaker. 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. This was the beginning of a chain of events in the banking sector which affected the entire world economy and in 2009 took the World into recession.
Prior to the BBC, 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 numerous awards include including Journalist of the Year, Specialist Journalist of the Year and Scoop of the Year (twice) from the Royal Television Society, Performer of the Year from the Broadcasting Press Guild, and Broadcaster of the Year and Journalist of the Year from the Wincott Foundation. Robert also won Granada’s ‘What the Papers Say’ award for investigative journalism.
In 2008 Hodder & Stoughton published Robert’s 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 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 2013, Robert published his latest book, How Do We Fix This Mess?: The Economic Price of Having it All, and the Route to Lasting Prosperity.
Robert has also presented Super Rich: The Greed Game for BBC2, on the causes and consequences of the Credit Crunch. Recently, in September 2013, he presented the 3 episode documentary, Robert Peston Goes Shopping, exploring how the British retail industry has transformed over the last century, and how it has been impacted by the financial crash and online shopping.
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