Peter Barron

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Peter Barron

Peter Barron (born 1962)[1] is Google's head of communications for Europe, Middle East and Africa.[2]

Peter Barron was born in Belfast and educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution. He spent most of his career at the BBC, and immediately prior to his Google appointment in 2008 the journalist had for four years been editor of the BBC programme Newsnight.[3]

Curriculum vitae[edit]


  • Mid-1980s, Luxembourg News Digest
  • 1987 Editor and journalist, Algarve News and Algarve Magazine
  • 1988 BBC News trainee
  • 1990 Producer, BBC Newsnight
  • 1997 Deputy editor, Channel 4 News, ITN
  • 2002 Deputy editor, Tonight with Trevor McDonald
  • 2003 Editor, BBC current affairs
  • 2004 Editor, Newsnight
  • 2006-07 Advisory chair, Edinburgh International TV Festival
  • 2008 Head of comms and public affairs, Google UK, Benelux and Ireland


  • 1995: Won Royal Television Society award for Newsnight's coverage of the arms-to-Iraq scandal[1]