Peter Day (broadcaster)

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Peter Day
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Peter Day at the BBC Media Futures Conference 2008 held at Alexandra Palace
Born 1947 (age 68–69)[citation needed]
Nationality British
Education University of Oxford
Occupation Business correspondent for BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service
Notable credit(s)
Children 2 sons, 2 daughters[citation needed]

Peter Day (born 1947)[citation needed] is a broadcaster on BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service.[1][2][3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

Day was educated at Lincoln School, at the time a boys-only grammar school, from 1957 to 1964 as a boarder. His father was a manager with Midland Bank (which became HSBC in 1999) in Lincolnshire (Horncastle and Gainsborough). He studied English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford.[citation needed][when?]

Day was trained on the International Publishing Corporation (Daily Mirror Group) newspaper training scheme in south Devon. He worked at the Daily Record from 1970 to 1974 in Glasgow.[citation needed]


Day joined the BBC Radio News in 1974 in London, joining business news in 1975. In 1983, he left the BBC to join TV-am as their economics and industrial correspondent. He returned to the BBC to become a presenter and producer for the Financial World Tonight, which became part of The World Tonight.

Day has presented In Business since 1988. On the World Service has presented its sister programme, Global Business, on weekends since 2000. He became Business Correspondent of the BBC in 1990, and in 1997 provided the business section for the Today programme.[5] [6][7][8]

Awards and honours[edit]

Day has won the Harold Wincott Award for broadcast business journalism three times, in 1989, 2000 and 2002. He received the Work Foundation lifetime achievement award in 2006. In 2007, it was revealed that In Business had become a surprise podcast hit, beating The Best of The Chris Moyles Show, the Today programme and In Our Time as the BBC's most downloaded podcast.[9][10]