Gowing at the World Economic Forum annual meeting, 2012.
Nik Keith Gowing
1951 (age 69–70)
|Education||University of Bristol|
|Occupation||News anchor of BBC|
BBC World News
|Relatives||Margaret Gowing (mother)|
A foreign affairs specialist and presenter at ITN from 1978, Gowing became Diplomatic Editor for the flagship Channel 4 News from 1989. During his time with the BBC, Gowing has since presented The World Today (1996–2000), Europe Direct, HARDtalk, Dateline London, as well as Simpson's World.
At the time of the death of Princess Diana in 1997, Gowing anchored coverage for over seven hours, reportedly only having had 40 minutes sleep before being driven back to Television Centre to present. BBC World was being simulcast for the first ever time with the BBC domestic channel BBC One, making up a global audience of around half a billion, to whom he announced her death.
Gowing was a moderator at the 'Peace to Prosperity' conference, organized by Jared Kushner, part of a US-led initiative to normalize relations between Israel and regional states without reaching a political solution on Palestine. Gowing expertly steered discussion away from any mention of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, according to Jack Moore, a journalist covering the conference. 'Only God knows how much he was paid,' said Moore.
He is also a Member of Council of the Royal United Services Institute. In April 2014 he announced he would be semi-retiring from BBC.
Gowing founded the Thinking the Unthinkable project in 2014.
Personal life and early career
Nik Gowing is the son of Professor Margaret Gowing, author of the two volume work Independence and Deterrence: Britain and Atomic Energy, 1945–52, who died in 1998. After attending grammar schools in London and Canterbury, Gowing read geography at the University of Bristol.
At university, he worked on local radio; he then joined Thomson Regional Newspapers in Newcastle.
He and his wife Judy have two children and live in west London.
- A novel about the infiltration of the secret police into Poland's Solidarity movement, based on Gowing's extensive knowledge of Solidarity's activities.
- A thriller, again based on Gowing's first-hand journalistic experience, set in the new Russia. A highly-decorated KGB colonel, who fought to defend the communist system, must survive in a world of turmoil and anarchy.
- "Real-time media is changing our world: Cheap 'go-anywhere' cameras and phones are challenging the credibility of governments, corporations and the traditional media." The Guardian, 11 May 2009
- Skyful of Lies & Black Swans, 2009, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
- Thinking the Unthinkable: A new imperative for leadership in the digital age (John Catt Educational, 8 Jun. 2018) ISBN 1911382748, co-authored with Chris Langdon
- Gabriel Thompson, Diana: the story of the story, The Independent, 1 September 1998
- "Profile:Nik Gowing". BBC News. 9 February 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
- ApnayOnline (25 June 2019). "Kushner opens 'Peace to Prosperity' conference, says US has not 'given up' on Palestine". ApnayOnline.Com.
- Jack Moore [@JFXM] (27 Jun 2019). "Post" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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