Award winning television and radio broadcaster, novelist and journalist
An award-winning television and radio broadcaster, a writer and a journalist, Gavin Esler’s celebrated credentials and gravitas qualify him as a respected commentator on culture and current affairs.
Known for his presenting work at the BBC, Gavin is the main presenter on Dateline London on the BBC News Channel and BBC World Service as well as a regular on numerous other programmes, including the arts and culture programme HARDtalk.
He is an excellent after dinner speaker and conference host as well as the author of five novels, including ‘Loyalties’, ‘Deep Blue’ and ‘The Blood Brother’, and two non-fiction books.
His most recent publication ‘Lessons from the Top’ is inspired by his conversations and interviews with numerous heads of state and world leaders, and it examines how successful leaders use stories to educate, persuade and bring about change.
In ‘The United States of Anger’, he examines American discontent, and he is currently writing a third non-fiction book on ‘The Decline of Trust’ in the business and political worlds. On the stage, he debates how we have lost trust in the institutions which define our lives – our governments, public life, big business, the media and financial institutions – drawing on contemporary narratives, such as ‘plebgate’ and the Leveson inquiry.
For eight years, Gavin was the BBC’s Chief North America Correspondent, based in Washington, where he was in charge of shaping and directing BBC coverage from North America and was accredited to the White House to cover the Bush and Clinton administrations. On returning to the UK, he joined the presenting team on the BBC’s flagship news and current affairs programme Newsnight (2003-2014), and he continues to tackle contemporary issues as an anchor today.
He has reported from countries as diverse as China, Peru, Argentina, Cuba, Brazil, Russia, Jordan, Iran, Saudia Arabia and from the Aleutian Islands, as well as all across Europe.
Gavin’s career has been lauded through several awards. As well as being a BAFTA member, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the holder of a Royal Television Society Award, he was also awarded a Sony Gold Award for his BBC Radio 4 programme, ‘Letters from Guantanamo’.
His speaking topics include:
– Getting to the top and staying there
– The decline of trust in institutions
– Rebuilding trust in a ‘suspicious’ century