Robert Peston in talks with the BBC about a new show

ITV's political editor could make a one-off programme about Northern Rock... although he is also rumoured to have been sounded out for the Today programme


Robert Peston is in talks with Radio 4 about making a one-off programme marking ten years since his great Northern Rock scoop that made his name.


He is being lined up to discuss the event which was one of the key triggers of the credit crunch and subsequent recession in the UK when the bank was effectively nationalised on September 14 2007.

Peston will be expected to require the approval of ITV to make the programme having joined the broadcaster in 2015 as its new political editor with his own Sunday morning show – Peston on Sunday – to rival Andrew Marr’s BBC programme.

News of the Radio 4 talks, just 15 months after he moved to the commercial network, also come amid rumours that he’s been informally approached about heading back to Auntie and joining the roster of Today presenters, also on Radio 4.

When we called to clarify about both stories, the normally loquacious hack was unusually tongue-tied, spluttering: “No, no, no, I have been asked this a lot so no, but thanks for the call. Bye…”

Bye then Robert.


But will it be hello again BBC?