27 September 1952
London, England, United Kingdom
|Alma mater||University of Sussex|
|Spouse(s)||Margaret Harvey (1980-present)|
Robert Bonnet (born 27 September 1952) is a BBC sports journalist. He has presented bulletins across the BBC News Channel and BBC World News and presents Extratime, an interview programme on BBC World and BBC News. Bonnet is currently one of the main sports presenters on BBC Radio 4's flagship breakfast programme Today.
Born in London, Bonnet was educated at Dulwich College, a boys independent school in Dulwich, London. He later attended the University of Sussex and read English and French. Before joining the BBC, Bonnet had worked as a dustman, a disc-jockey, and also had a job in advertising with the Benton and Bowles agency.
Bonnet started his career at Radio Brighton as a freelance assistant in 1978 and later joined the BBC in the summer of 1980 as a producer on Radio Norfolk. He would later be attached to the Radio 1 news programme Newsbeat and joined BBC Sport's radio department in the autumn of 1982. He later joined BBC East in 1985. Bonnet started his television career by joining the BBC News team in February 1987 and had been employed as a sports reporter and correspondent. Bonnet's report on Sydney winning the 2000 Olympic Games on a 9 O'Clock news bulletin won him the RTS Sports Report of the year in 1993. In September 1995, Bonnet joined the BBC Breakfast team as their sports reporter until stepping down the role in October 2005.
Rob is also a director of the internet TV service The Country Channel and he remains a broadcaster with BBC World’s Extra Time sports interview programme as well as BBC Radio 4’s Today programme and has also guest starred for Five Live and television programmes such as Sportsweek, Sportsnight and Chiles on Sunday.
During an interview with Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius on 6 September 2011, Bonnet asked about the ethnical issues associated with his partipication in the 4x400 relay during the World Championships in Daegu with Pistorius replying "I think that's an insult to me and I think this interview is over" and then left the studio afterwards.
He has two daughters, Ellie and Clare with his wife Margaret Harvey whom he married in 1980. Bonnet runs Five Iron Productions, which specialises with on-site recording, editing and presentation of corporate golf and charity events.
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