Gordon Burns is one of the best known television faces in the North West. For 15 years he presented the BBC’s evening news programme NORTH WEST TONIGHT. During his time in the chair he won 5 Royal Television Society awards for best regional presenter and the programme picked up 6 RTS awards for best regional news programme. Gordon also won the coveted BBC Ruby Award for best regional presenter in the UK.
Gordon Burns made his name nationally when he wrote and presented the popular ITV quiz The Krypton Factor which ran for 18 years in a peak time slot and won audiences of up to 18 million people. He was also a consultant on the show helping to devise many of its mind stretching and physical challenges.
Gordon began his career as a reporter in Belfast where he was born. He then went to BBC Radio in London working on programmes like Sports Report and Sports Parade. He also had a spell on the TODAY programme before returning to Belfast where he was appointed sports editor of Ulster Television.
When the troubles began in Northern Ireland, Gordon fronted the nightly news programme UTV Reports covering, over a four year period, events like bloody Sunday and the fall of the Stormont parliament. He describes that time as the most testing of his life. He was later given his own late night chat show, The Gordon Burns Hour.
Returning to England, Gordon Burns first presented Granda Reports and then produced and presented Granada’s political programmes in the North West. For ten years he provided the live commentaries on the ITV network for the political party conferences in Blackpool and made several World In Action programmes on the Northern Ireland troubles. Later he continued his fascination with Irish politics by anchoring Channel Four’s Irish Angle for several years.
Gordon Burns is very much in demand in the Corporate Market, hosting conferences and award ceremonies and training events.