Colin Brazier

Colin Brazier

Born in Bradford, I started my journalism career at a newspaper in County Durham, before moving to the Yorkshire Post.

Prior to joining GB News as daytime TV news presenter, I spent 24 years at Sky News, where I won an International Emmy and a BAFTA.

As foreign correspondent I was awarded a New York Film Festival Gold Medal for my reporting in Afghanistan and a Monte Carlo TV Festival award for my work in Iraq. I conducted one of the last interviews with Colonel Muamar Gadaffi in Libya.

I write regularly for the Catholic Herald, Spectator and Daily Mail. My book ‘Arguing the merits of a larger family’ provoked a strong response in the UK and beyond when it was published in 2013.

My interests include horse-riding, cricket and football. I have successfully taught all six of my children the lyrics of the Leeds United Football Club anthem ‘Marching On Together’.

More from Colin Brazier:

Outside of politics, tell us what matters to you?

A good night’s sleep.

What are you most proud of yourself for?

Learning to ride a former racehorse in my mid-40s.

What advice (if any) would you give your younger self?

Buy shares in a start-up called Apple.

Why is Yorkshire important to you? What makes it special?

The moors. Cricket in Scarborough. Timothy Taylor’s landlord bitter on draught.

Your most memorable moment growing up in your hometown?

Sadly, being in the stand at Bradford City FC. It caught fire, killing 56.

What makes Great Britain great?

It’s modesty.

Why is debate and balanced argument important to you?

Without it what do you have? As Churchill said, democracy is the worst form of government… except all the others that have ever been tried.

What makes you, you?

Strong opinions, weakly held.

What does it mean to you to be a newsreader?

A steady job, until robots takes over.

The best and worst advice you’ve ever been given?

Newspapers are finished, get a job in TV.

What career would you have pursued if it hadn’t been for the newsroom?

I still hanker for This Farming Life and bought a tractor a couple of years ago.

Why have you decided to join the GB News family?

Because I’d spent a decade boring anyone who would listen that something like GB News was a democratic necessity.

Your biggest accomplishment outside of work?

Keeping my six kids on-the-level after their mother died.

Do you have a stand-out moment in your career that has impacted on you?

I shared an Emmy Award for reporting on the 2015 migrant crisis and began to harbour doubts about whether journalism was evolving into activism.

Your most memorable moment in your career thus far?

Spring 2003. I was embedded with the US 3rd Infantry Division, the first allied soldiers into Iraq and then Baghdad.

Most people will be familiar with your work, but tell us something that nobody knows about you?

I once sang for a punk band called ‘Completely Crap’. And, yes, we were.

How would the children describe you?

With one big eye roll.

Name somebody that you have always wanted to interview? Or debate with? And why?

Theoretically, and only theoretically, the only interview the whole world would stop to watch would be with the Queen.