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John Nicolson is a Scottish television newscaster and journalist based in London. He has reported for and presented many high profile network news shows in Britain.


Early life

Born in Glasgow he was educated at the University of Glasgow and Harvard where he was Harkness Fellow in American Government at the Kennedy School. As a student he first captured press attention by winning the World Universities Debating Championship at Princeton, New Jersey.

He worked as a speechwriter for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (Dem. NY) on Capitol Hill.

BBC career

As a student he appeared on BBC Scotland's Mr Speaker Sir. But his network broadcasting career began with the BBC youth DEF II programme Open to Question in 1988.

After moving to London he reported for a variety of BBC programmes including On the Record, Public Eye, Assignment, Panorama, Watchdog, The Late Show and numerous live general election, European election, and budget programmes. He was a reporter on Newsnight for three years and was the main anchor of BBC Breakfast News for two years.[1]

Nicolson was the studio presenter for the BBC on 11 September 2001 as the twin towers collapsed anchoring live on BBC News, BBC One and BBC World for which the BBC won a Foreign Press Association award for best breaking news.

In 2001 he was the first prominent UK news presenter to announce that he was gay and in a long term relationship.[2]

ITV career

Soon afterwards he left the BBC after more than ten years and moved to ITV where he presented Live with John Nicolson on the ITV News Channel.[3]

Other media work

He has guest reported on Holiday, has presented his own radio show with Jane Moore on LBC 97.3[4] and has been a panellist on Radio 4's long running comedy show The News Quiz. He appeared as himself in The Trial of Tony Blair, an Alistair Beaton/More4 Drama first aired in 2007. He is a weekly guest in the US on the ABC network radio programme The John Batchelor Show. He writes extensively about architecture and design as well as politics and travel.

Personal life

John Nicolson lives in central London in a Georgian house which he is reported to have restored from dereliction.[5][6]

John is openly gay.[7][8]


  1. ^ BBC News | UK | Hamilton's £1m hang-up
  2. ^ Have I got news for you | Sunday Herald, The | Find Articles at BNET
  3. ^ John Nicolson - ITV News Channel
  4. ^ Moore and Nicholson join LBC for breakfast | Media | MediaGuardian
  5. ^ Broadcaster to the rescue - Times Online
  6. ^ Me And My Home: A house with history - Property, House & Home - The Independent
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