Gavin Esler

Gavin Esler

Gavin Esler is an award winning television and radio broadcaster, journalist and author. He is currently one of the three main presenters on BBC2’s Newsnight, the main presenter on Dateline London on BBC World and the BBC News Channel. He is also the author of five novels, and a non-fiction book about the United States, The United States of Anger. 


Gavin began his journalism career with The Belfast Telegraph and then moved to the BBC, where he became Chief North America Correspondent (1989-97). He has reported from countries as diverse as China, Peru, Argentina, Cuba, Brazil, Russia, Jordan, Iran, Saudia Arabia and from the Aleutian Islands. He has interviewed world leaders ranging from Mrs Thatcher, David Cameron, Gordon Brown, Tony Blair, John Major, King Abdullah of Jordan and President Chirac to President Clinton, President Carter, Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega and Israel’s Shimon Peres. In the arts and culture programmes he has also interviewed writers and artists ranging from V S Naipaul, Seamus Heaney and Anita Desai to Jose Carreras, Dolly Parton, Angelina Jolie and Penelope Cruz, plus numerous film-makers including John Boorman, Peter Bogdanovich, Terry Jones and Stephen Frears. 

He is a frequent newspaper and magazine columnist with publications including in The Scotsman, The Mail, The Mail on Sunday, The Mirror, The Independent, La Vie, and The New Statesman. His novels – Loyalties, Deep Blue, The Blood Brother, and most recently (June 2008) A Scandalous Man (Harper Collins) – were followed in May 2010 with the paperback publication of Powerplay, in which the Vice President of the United States travels to Britain and then goes missing, an event which signals the end of the so-called US-UK “special relationship.” Reviewers have been full of praise for his fiction and story-telling abilities. The writer Bernard Cornwell said Esler’s work is “made luminous with wisdom, sympathy and story telling.” The Guardian said that Esler displays “undoubted sympathy for the human condition and a burning anger, a genuine lyricism, a quick sensitivity and a real understanding of other people.” The Financial Times said Esler “understands the political beast better than anyone.” He is a BAFTA member, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and the holder of a Royal Television Society award for a documentary about the Aleutian Islands. He was also awarded (2007) a Sony Gold Award for a radio documentary on prisoners in Guantanamo Bay. 


"Gavin did a fantastic job for us.  Many of our delegates commented on how very much they enjoyed his speech.  He was both interesting and thought provoking and his speech was given with exactly the right amount of humour - definitely a speaker I would recommend.  Gavin was also pleasure to work with and our thanks go out to him and yourselves." Gavin addressed the APCIMS Annual Conference - October 2011

"Gavin was well prepared, punctual and very professional and the guests were impressed with him...he did us proud." Copyright Licensing Association on Gavin Esler who chaired a series of panel discussions