Nik Gowing

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Nik Gowing
Nik Gowing - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012.jpg
Gowing at the World Economic Forum annual meeting, 2012.
Nik Keith Gowing

1951 (age 70–71)
EducationUniversity of Bristol
OccupationNews anchor of BBC
Notable credit(s)
The Hub
BBC World News
RelativesMargaret Gowing (mother)

Nik Keith Gowing (born 1951) is a British television journalist.


Gowing at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East, 2010.

Nik Gowing was educated at the Simon Langton Grammar School in Canterbury and Latymer Upper School in London, followed by the University of Bristol.

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.[1] 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 on air for six hours during the BBC's coverage of the aftermath of the September 11th 2001 attacks, which led to the channel receiving the 2002 Hotbird Award.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

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[edit]

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.

Published work[edit]

  • The Wire, Hutchinson (31 May 1988), ISBN 978-0-09-167370-3
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.


  1. ^ Gabriel Thompson, Diana: the story of the story, The Independent, 1 September 1998
  2. ^ "Profile:Nik Gowing". BBC News. 9 February 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  3. ^ ApnayOnline (25 June 2019). "Kushner opens 'Peace to Prosperity' conference, says US has not 'given up' on Palestine". ApnayOnline.Com.
  4. ^ Jack Moore [@JFXM] (27 June 2019). "Post" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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