Rob began his professional TV career on ITV and was a World in Action investigator and ITN Reporter. He hosted the lively – and often controversial – politics and current affairs show Party People for ITV Granada for over 10 years. Rob also presented its forerunners The Sunday Supplement and The Line. He presented the ground-breaking series The Spin, which covered politics, the media and PR. He has hosted Election Specials on ITV since 1994 and is the channel’s longest serving political presenter. He fronted the first text led Question Time style programme The Last Word.
In the run-up to the 2015 General Election he presented Exclusive interviews for ITV’s Party People with the Prime Minister David Cameron, Chancellor George Osborne, UKIP’s Nigel Farage and later broke the exclusive story that former Militant Leader Derek Hatton had rejoined Labour. He followed up with a special on counter terrorism with the new Security Minister John Hayes MP.
Rob has a witty and engaging manner which, combined with a great depth of knowledge, makes him a formidable interviewer. He has been described as “one of the most respected interviewers on TV; respected by interviewees – despite a sometimes penetrating and relentless style on political interviews – colleagues and audiences”.