Nick Thorpe

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Nick Thorpe (born February 1960) is the Central Europe Correspondent for BBC News, the main newsgathering department of the BBC, and its 24-hour television news channels BBC World News and BBC News Channel, as well as the BBC's domestic television and radio channels and the BBC World Service. He is based in Budapest and has over 25 years' experience of reporting for the BBC and United Kingdom newspapers, becoming BBC Budapest Correspondent in 1986. He became BBC Central Europe Correspondent in 1996.

Nick Thorpe - Budapest, 2014

Early life[edit]

Thorpe was born in Upnor in Kent in February 1960.


Thorpe was educated at Sherborne School, a boarding independent school in the market town of Sherborne in Dorset in South West England, followed by the University of Reading, where he studied Modern Languages. After graduation, he attended the University of Dakar in Senegal, and the University of Freiburg in Breisgau in Germany.

Life and career[edit]

Thorpe joined the BBC in 1986 as Budapest Correspondent, and was the first Western correspondent to be based there,[1] and has continued to report on Eastern Europe ever since. In 1989, he joined The Observer newspaper as its Eastern Europe Correspondent, returning to the BBC in 1996. He has also written for The Guardian and The Independent newspapers. He is responsible for covering Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and other countries in the region, including the Balkans. He covered the fall of Communism, the collapse of Yugoslavia, and the EU membership process of many countries in the region.[2]


Thorpe is also a documentary film-maker, having made 'The Fairy Island' (1993) for Duna Television in Hungary, and in 2001, 'The Vineleaf and the Rose' for MTV in Hungary, which won the Award for Best Cinematography at the Mediawave International Film Festival in the same year. He has also made a short feature film, 'Vigilance' (1997) for TintoFilms.


In 2009, Thorpe wrote his first book, entitled '89: The Unfinished Revolution - Power and Powerlessness in Eastern Europe, published by Reportage Press.[3][4][5][6]


  1. ^ '89: The Unfinished Revolution, by Nick Thorpe Publisher: Romanian Cultural Centre, London. Retrieved: 19 December 2012.
  2. ^ FFD 2010 Speakers Bios 26 10 2010 Publisher: Council of Europe - Forum for the Future of Democracy. Published: 26 October 2010. Retrieved: 19 December 2012.
  3. ^ Bosnia Report Publisher: The Bosnian Institute. Published: June- October 2001. Retrieved: 19 December 2012.
  4. ^ Nicholas Thorpe Publisher: Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies. Retrieved: 19 December 2012.
  5. ^ 'The Vineleaf and the Rose' Publisher: The Bosnian Institute. Published: 4 June 2001. Retrieved: 19 December 2012.
  6. ^ Nick Thorpe - Biography Publisher: Palestine: Information with Provenance (PIWP database). Retrieved: 19 December 2012.

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