Brian Widlake

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Brian Widlake
Born Nigel Brian Windsor Widlake
(1931-04-13)13 April 1931
Died 2 January 2017(2017-01-02) (aged 85)
Nationality British
Education Colet Court School, London
St Paul's School, London
Alma mater Clare College, Cambridge
Occupation TV presenter, journalist, correspondent
Employer BBC, LBC, ITN
Known for Main presenter, The World at One (BBC Radio 4)
Main co-presenter, PM, BBC Radio 4
Presenter, Main News, LBC
Main co-presenter, The Money Programme, BBC Two
Fmr. ITN correspondent
Spouse(s) Anne Nicholas (m. 1989)
Children Mark Nicholas (stepson)

Nigel Brian Windsor Widlake (13 April 1931 – 2 January 2017) was a British journalist, broadcaster and presenter.

Early life[edit]

Widlake was born in Fiji in April 1931.


Widlake was educated at two independent schools for boys, at the time based in Hammersmith in West London: first at Colet Court School, now known as St Paul's Juniors, when, shortly after enrollment, he and others were evacuated to the village of Much Hadham in Hertfordshire in the early part of the Second World War, and then at St Paul's School, followed by Clare College at the University of Cambridge.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Widlake served initially as a cadet before his promotion to 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Hampshire Regiment on 4 November 1950.

Widlake worked as a reporter for ITN in the 1960s,[2] and was a regular presenter of BBC Radio 4's news magazine programmes The World at One and PM during the 1970s and 1980s. Widlake joined London's news and talk radio station LBC to present a breakfast programme on LBC Crown FM, later LBC NewsTalk 97.3 in 1989. He then transferred to LBC's hour-long Midday News programme.

Widlake conducted Nelson Mandela's first ever televised interview in 1961. At the time, Mandela was on the run from the South African police. He also became well known for co-presenting The Money Programme on BBC 2 in the early 1980s with Valerie Singleton.

Widlake's death following a short illness aged 85 was announced on The World At One (BBC Radio 4) on 2 January 2017.[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

Widlake became the stepfather of the sports journalist, TV presenter and former cricketer Mark Nicholas, following his marriage to the actress Anne Nicholas in 1989.


  1. ^ "Brian Widlake, broadcaster – obituary". The Daily Telegraph. 16 January 2017. Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Widlake, Brian (28 May 2010). "Nelson Mandela: the first call to arms". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Broadcaster Brian Widlake dies aged 85". BBC News. 2 January 2017. Retrieved 2 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Former BBC radio presenter Brian Widlake dies aged 85". Irish Examiner. 2 January 2017. Retrieved 2 January 2017.