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Sir Robin Day was a well-known British political broadcaster and presenter. He was regarded as one of the best presenters and interviewers of his generation, and was well-known throughout the United Kingdom for his clear, crude, and brutal approach to interviewing key political personalities in order to make them feel accountable to the common public. He also built a name for himself in the television sector, making it a legitimate source of current political news. His terse interviewing manner, thick-rimmed glasses, and signature spotted tie or bow tie made him a television star. He began his career as a radio host on several BBC Radio programmes before transitioning to television. In the early 1980s, he was knighted for his contributions to public radio. Day was a writer as well as a presenter, and he authored two memoirs on his career as a broadcaster: ‘Day by Day’ and ‘Grand Inquisitor.’ Because of the public’s esteem for Day’s role in forcing politicians to come to the microphone and answer questions, he ran for office in the 1959 General Elections, but was unsuccessful.

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Childhood and Adolescence

Robin Day was born on October 24, 1923, into a middle-class family in Hampstead Garden Suburb, London. His father worked as a telephone engineer before rising to the position of telephone manager. Day attended Brentwood School from 1934 to 1938, after which he was sent to Crypt School in Gloucester for a brief while before enrolling at Bembridge School on the Isle of Wight. During WWII, he was a captain in the British army and was stationed in East Africa from 1943 until 1947. When the war was ended, he enrolled at St Edmund Hall in Oxford.

Career of Robin Day

Day began his career with Independent Television News (ITN) in the early 1950s, and by the mid-1950s, he was well-known for being the first British journalist to interview Egypt’s President Nasser during the Suez Crisis. When he questioned Prime Minister Harold Macmillan in 1958, Day became famed for his harsh interrogation. It was regarded as a risky interview, with the press describing it as “the most ferocious cross-examination a Prime Minister has ever faced in public.”

Day became a presenter on the BBC Radio show ‘It’s Your Line’ in the early 1970s, where the general people could ask questions of the Prime Minister. Day hosted ‘Question Time’ and presented ‘Panorama,’ a BBC Television current affairs documentary show, from 1977 until the late 1980s. In addition, he was the host of ‘The World at One’ on the radio.

After being knighted for his contributions to broadcasting, Day rose to prominence once again when he angered Conservative Secretary of State for Defence John Nott, who stormed out on him during the interview due to his harsh questions. For his unorthodox approach to politics and direct approach to politicians, he was a frequent on BBC Election Night shows. After leaving ‘Question Time,’ he began hosting ‘Now Sir Robin,’ a weekly political debate show.

‘Now Sir Robin’ was shown on the new satellite service BSB, and Day continued to host the show even after BSB amalgamated with Sky Television. He hosted a political show on ITN’s Election Night coverage, which was televised on ITV, during the 1992 elections.

Throughout the mid-’90s, Day could be seen on Channel Four’s ‘Around the House’ and Central TV’s ‘Central Lobby.’
Day was a writer as well as a presenter in the British media, having written ‘Day by Day (1975)’ and ‘Grand Inquisitor (1989)’. In the 1959 General Elections, he ran as a Labor Party candidate but lost.

Major Works Day sprang to prominence as a host of politically heated radio shows, where his sharp, penetrating questioning skills injected fresh vitality and purpose. ‘Question Time,’ ‘The World at One,’ ‘It’s Your Line,’ and other programmes were among them.

Achievements & Awards

Day was knighted in 1981 for his presenting talents, clear attitude to political matters, and capacity to make a politician responsive to public questions and interest by painstakingly investigating them. Day married Katherine Ainslie, an Australian law don at Oxford, in 1965, and they had two children. The couple had two children together before divorcing in 1986.  He died on August 6, 2000, and his ashes were placed outside the south door of Whitchurch Canonicorum parish church in Dorset. He was cremated at Mortlake Crematorium in London.

Estimated Net Worth

Robin is one of the wealthiest TV show hosts and one of the most popular. Robin Day’s net worth is estimated to be at $18 million, according to Wikipedia, Forbes, and Business Insider.


Day had to have a coronary bypass in the 1980s, and he suffered from apparent respiratory problems for the rest of his life. Throughout his adult life, he struggled with weight issues. He used to be 108 kilograms when he was an undergraduate, but he gradually lost weight. “In loving memory of Sir Robin Day the Grand Inquisitor,” the inscription on his headstone says. Day made an appearance on the ‘Morecambe & Wise’ show as himself.