30 Oct. Another memorable evening with Nick Gowing, BBC’s main presenter and international journalist.
He was at the Oxford Martin School to deliver a lecture on “Instant news, social media – the new vulnerabilities for power” – highlighting people’s revolutions which have taken place through the mobile and the social media. Drawing upon his journalistic experience of China (Tiannanmen Square), Syria, Egypt, USA, UK, Turkey, India (Anna Hazare’s fast against corruption in politics) and famous Indian bureaucrats, he presented a plethora of images of social revolution in the world.
No doubt, Nick is an extremely articulate, down to earth, to-the-point speaker – like his own reporting. But what followed the lecture was still more interesting and insight-filled – question and answer session. People – students, researchers and professors from a variety of streams raised questions, posed challenges before Nick, and debated. And he managed them all!
It looked some of were not bothered to join the drinks reception! So much were they engaged with Nick in one-one-one conversation after the lecture and Q&A session!
Nik Gowing has been a main presenter for the BBC‘s international 24-hour news channel BBC World News since 1996, where he presentsWorld News Today with Nik Gowing, BBC World Debates, Dateline London and location coverage. For 18 years he worked at ITN where he was bureau chief in Rome and Warsaw, and Diplomatic Editor for Channel Four News (1988-1994). He has 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-). He is a governor of the Ditchley Foundation. In 1994 he was a fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Barone Center in the J. F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.