Nick Clarke

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Nick Clarke
Nicholas Campbell Clarke

(1948-06-09)9 June 1948
Godalming, Surrey, England
Died23 November 2006(2006-11-23) (aged 58)
EducationWestbourne House School
Bradfield College
Alma materFitzwilliam College, Cambridge
Occupation(s)Radio presenter, television presenter, journalist
Employer(s)Yorkshire Evening Post

Nicholas Campbell Clarke (9 June 1948 – 23 November 2006), was an English radio and television presenter and journalist, primarily known for his work on BBC Radio 4.


Clarke was born in 1948 in Godalming, Surrey, and educated at Westbourne House School, West Sussex, Bradfield College, Berkshire and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.[1]

Clarke began his career in newspapers on the Yorkshire Evening Post, before joining the BBC in 1973 as Northern Industrial Correspondent. He then joined The Money Programme and eventually joined Newsnight in 1984. His first major job in radio was on BBC Radio 4's The World This Weekend. He presented Radio 4's lunchtime news programme, The World at One, from 1994 until his death. During the 1991 Gulf War he was a volunteer presenter on the BBC Radio 4 News FM service.[2] He also presented the Round Britain Quiz, the debate series Straw Poll and, when Jonathan Dimbleby was away, Any Questions? Clarke was a reporter for the BBC TV's Look North programme, serving the North of England.[3]

Clarke won the Broadcasting Press Guild broadcaster of the year award in 2001. He wrote a biography of the writer and journalist Alistair Cooke and a social history of Britain in the second half of the 20th century entitled The Shadow of a Nation: How Celebrity Destroyed Britain.

In December 2005, it was announced that Clarke was suffering from cancer[4] and he subsequently had surgery which entailed the loss of his left leg.[5] During this time he documented his experiences with the disease for an audio diary that was broadcast on Radio 4 in June 2006.

Clarke returned to hosting The World at One programme in August 2006, but his last appearance was on 12 September. He died on 23 November 2006.[6]

In 2007, the BBC created the Nick Clarke Award to celebrate and recognise the best broadcast interview of the year, which is awarded annually at the Cheltenham Literature Festival.[7] Following his death, friends from university established the 'Nick Clarke Prize'.

In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Clarke presented a faux World at One for the Quandary Phase along with Patrick Moore.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nick Clarke", The Times, 24 November 2006
  2. ^ "Sound Matters - Five Live - the War of Broadcasting House - a morality story". Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Early Years of "Look North" - Page 2".
  4. ^ "Cancer diagnosis for BBC's Clarke". BBC News. 8 December 2005. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Losing a leg to cancer". BBC News. 23 June 2006. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  6. ^ Tara Conlan (23 November 2006). "World at One's Nick Clarke dies". London: Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  7. ^ "Press Office - Inaugural Nick Clarke Award shortlist announced". BBC. Retrieved 8 February 2012.

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Preceded by Main presenter: The World at One
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