Giles Dilnot

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Giles Dilnot (born 1971), is a BBC television presenter and reporter.

Early life[edit]

Dilnot was born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire in 1971, and grew up in the village of Leeds (five miles east of the county town of Maidstone) in Kent, where his father was a vicar.


Dilnot was educated at St. John's School, a boarding independent school for boys (now co-educational) in the town of Leatherhead in Surrey, followed by Jesus College at the University of Cambridge, from which he graduated in 1993.

Life and career[edit]

Dilnot first worked at Chiltern Radio, a commercial radio station in the Chilterns area of Bedfordshire and at Mercia FM radio station in Coventry, followed by the BBC's former radio station GLR (since renamed BBC London 94.9), for which he reported, produced and presented. He moved to BBC Southern Counties Radio in Guildford, in the same county as his former senior school, and then joined the television launch of BBC South East Today in 2001, becoming a co-presenter of the programme a year later.

In November 2004, Dilnot joined BBC2's Daily Politics programme as a regular reporter and co-presenter, regularly interviewing ordinary members of the public on current political and social issues. He has also appeared on a variety of programmes such as the Politics Show (the forerunner of the current Sunday Politics) on BBC1, and on the early morning news magazine programme, BBC Breakfast.[1][2]

Chris Marsden, the National Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP), accused Dilnot of issuing "politically slanderous" commentary during a live interview claiming his comment "crossed accepted journalistic boundaries." While interviewing Marsden for BBC 2’s "Daily Politics" on 21 May 2014 during the campaign for European Election Dilnot, supposing SEP comes to power, said "Please tell me I am not first up against the wall when it comes." According to Marsden, who has officially complained to the BBC, he could only reply, "Of course not," before the cameras faded.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Dilnot is married, with two young daughters. He has a range of interests from collecting rare thrillers to travelling, and is particularly interested in the South African bush, (where he has worked in conservation) and Thailand, where his family lived for many years.


  1. ^ BBC Press Office Date: 7 February 2002 Access date: 2 September 2012
  2. ^ BBC Two Daily Politics Date: 6 March 2009 Access date: 2 September 2012
  3. ^ SEP European election candidate Chris Marsden interviewed on BBC 2’s “Daily Politics ” Date: 23 May 2014 Access date: 23 May 2014