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Profile: Nik Gowing


Nik believes the key to good journalism is to never stop asking questions

Nik Gowing is the longest serving presenter on BBC World News, the BBC's 24-hour international television news and information channel.

He presents the channel's flagship news programme, The Hub which reports on global news tailored for audiences across South Asia and the Middle East.

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1600, 1630, 1700 GMT

Nik also presents special coverage on location of major international news events. He is the lead moderator for the BBC World Debate programmes, which have been held in Delhi, the Dead Sea in Jordan, Muscat, Sharm el-Sheik, Istanbul, Singapore and Dalian, China.

He has been a main anchor for much of BBC World News' coverage of major international events including Kosovo in 1999, the Iraq war in 2003, the global financial meltdown and the attacks in Mumbai in 2008.

Nik Gowing reporting from the Taj hotel

He was on air for six hours leading the coverage of the terror attack on the Twin Towers in New York on 11 September 2001, which went on to win the 2002 "Hotbird" Award for the Best News Channel.

Nik also presented coverage of Diana, Princess of Wales' accident, then made the announcement of her death to a global audience estimated at half a billion.

Before joining the BBC in 1996, Nik was a foreign affairs specialist and presenter at ITN for 18 years.

He won a BAFTA award in 1982 for his coverage of martial law in Poland. From 1989 to 1996 he was diplomatic editor for Channel 4 News.

His reporting from Bosnia was part of the Channel 4 News portfolio which won the BAFTA "Best News Coverage" award in 1996.

In 2007, Nik received a Special Award at the first Indian News Television Awards in recognition of his work in International News Reportage and Coverage.

The Hub with Nik Gowing is broadcast weekdays at 1600, 1630 and 1700 GMT on the BBC World News channel. Find out more information about regional broadcast times here.

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