During this time he started writing for The Economist, a magazine he ended up editing in the early 80s, and presenting a variety of programmes for both the BBC and ITV.
In 1983 he became editor of The Sunday Times and remained editor for 11 years (until end 1994). He developed the newspaper into the undisputed 10-section market leader (which it remains today), breaking many scoops and putting the paper into the midst of many controversies in the process. It built a global reputation as one of the world's foremost newspapers.
Between 1988 and 1990, he was Executive Chairman of Sky TV, overseeing its successful launch in the UK, and helping to cement his reputation as one Rupert Murdoch's closest advisors.
As a business consultant, he is involved in European digital television developments and advising on the acquisition and development of a number of publications.
He is in demand as a speaker lecturing on British and European politics/economics and on the impact of information technology on business, with special emphasis on the opportunity and challenge of electronic commerce, on which he has advised companies such as Microsoft, IBM and Compaq.
Since the mid 90's he has been fixture of BBC political coverage, presenting the daily Politics Show and This Week, a weekly political round up co hosted with Michael Portillo and Dianne Abbott.
His best selling autobiography, Full Disclosure, was published in 1996 and he has homes in London, Scotland, America and South of France.