Robert Peston

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Full name: Robert James Kenneth Peston

Area of interest: Business and Politics

Journals/Organisation: BBC | UK broadcast


Personal website:


Blog: Peston's Picks

Representation: Curtis Brown





Career: Began career at Williams de Broe, stockbroker; Journalism: Investors Chronicle, 1983; joined The Independent at its launch in 1986; Sunday Correspondent: Deputy City Editor, 1989/1990; The Independent On Sunday: City Editor, 1990; Financial Times, 1991/2000: Political Editor, Banking Editor - and head (and founder) of Investigations Unit - Financial Editor (responsible for all business and financial coverage), Assistant Editor; contributing editor to The Spectator magazine, 2001; weekly columnist for The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph and New Statesman, monthly commentator for Management Today, and editorial director of Quest (online investment service), 2000/2002; City Editor and Assistant Editor at The Sunday Telegraph (responsible for business & money sections), April 2002/October 2005, & Associate Editor, 2005/2006...

Current position/role: BBC's News Business Editor (since February 2006)

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Broadcast media:

Video: BBC: Radio 4's Today Programme, BBC1's Ten O'Clock News


Awards/Honours: Wincott Young Financial Journalist of the year, 1986; Granada Television's 'What the Papers Say' award for investigative journalist, 1994; London Press Club's 'Scoop of the Year' Award, 2005; Harold Wincott Senior Financial Journalist of the Year Award, 2005; Royal Television Society's Specialist Journalist of the Year award, 2009 (also broke the Credit Crunch story that would grant the BBC the Scoop of the Year prize)

Scoops: Northern Rock crisis, September 2007:

Other: Son of Labour peer and economist Maurice Peston | Married to writer/film-maker Sian Busby

Books & Debate:

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Latest work: How do we fix this mess? OCLC 796278836 with Laurence Knight. Hodder & Stoughton, 2012. Reviewed here by Peter Preston




  • No regular column


Credit Crunch '08:

News & updates:

  • A traumatic triple dip all of his own. In just a few months the BBC business editor, Robert Peston, has suffered the death of his wife, the theft of her rings and a crippling illness. Interview with John Arlidge in The Sunday Times, 24th March 2013
  • The Party's Over, a two-part documentary broadcast on BBC2 on Sunday 4th/11th December, will look at the last 30 years of the global economy and how the West now faces up to a new age of austerity.