The main anchor on BBC World News, Nik Gowing has been deeply involved with on-screen coverage of most of the world's major news events over the past three decades. A sought-after chair and moderator at international conferences, he draws on his extensive reporting experience in diplomacy, defence and international security to analyse the handling of real-time information environments in times of crisis.
A main presenter for the BBC’s international 24-hour news channel BBC World News since 1996, Nik Gowing is known for presenting ‘The Hub with Nik Gowing’, ‘BBC World Debates’, ‘Dateline London’ and location coverage.
A lecturer and published analyst on crisis management, and a distinguished conference moderator and speaker, he draws on his extensive analytical expertise in diplomacy, defence and international security, having witnessed the handling of real-time information environments in times of major emergencies.
His most recent book ‘Skyful of Lies’ explores how, in times of crisis, there is now a relentless and unforgiving trend towards an ever-greater information transparency, brought about by the Internet, that goes way beyond the assumed power and influence of the traditional media.
In 2016, he co-authored the interim findings of the ‘Thinking the Unthinkable’ study in partnership with CIMA. Based on hundreds of interviews with millennials as well as 60 top-level corporate/public service leaders, the study reveals why so many leaders face new difficulties identifying what looms in the disruptions of the ‘new normal’ since 2013.
Over the course of his prolific broadcasting career, Nik has covered most of the world’s major news events. He fronted coverage of the unfolding drama of Princess Diana’s accident in Paris in August 1997, making the announcement of her death to a global audience estimated at half a billion. During the 2003 Iraq War, he anchored BBC News coverage across four BBC TV channels from near Central Command in Qatar. He was also on air for the unfolding Tsunami catastrophe on Boxing day 2004, as well as for six hours shortly after the twin towers were hit in New York City on 11 September 2001; the 9-11 coverage won the 2002 ‘Hotbird’ award.
Nik was head-hunted by the BBC from ITN, where he spent 18 years as bureau chief in Rome and Warsaw and Diplomatic Editor for Channel Four News (1988-1996). He has also been a member of the councils of Chatham House (1998–2004), the Royal United Services Institute (2005–present), and the Overseas Development Institute (2007-), the board of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (1996-2005), and the advisory council at Wilton Park (1998).
From 1998 to 2004, Nik served two terms on the council of the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House, including membership of the Executive Committee from 2000 to 2002. He also served as an independent governor of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy between 1996 and 2005.
He continues to be a member of the executive council of the Royal United Services Institute (2005-), the Overseas Development Institute (2007-), the board of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (1996-2005), and the advisory council at Wilton Park (1998).
Nik is also a governor of the Ditchley Foundation, and a member of the steering committee of the British-German Konigswinter committee and the Strategy Committee of the Project on Justice in Times of Transition at Harvard University.
In addition to anchoring special location coverage of major international events like elections, Nik chairs BBC World Debates at the World Economic Forum in Davos and the annual Nobel Awards in Stockholm.
Independently of his work for BBC News, he specialises in convening ideas and issues related to the contemporary challenges of policy making by moderating at conferences.