Nick Ferrari's Biography

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Who is Nick Ferrari?

Nick Ferrari hosts the weekday Nick Ferrari Breakfast Programme on LBC radio.

His father ran a news agency, Ferrari Press Agency, whose employees included a young Kelvin Mackenzie.

After leaving college, Nick Ferrari started his career in the media on the Kentish Independent.

In 1981 he transferred to national press when he moved to the Sunday Mirror. Ferrari then became editor of The Sun's celebrity gossip column, Bizarre, and Editor of the News of the World's magazine, Sunday.

After a spell as Assistant Editor of the Daily Mirror, Nick Ferrari switched from press to broadcast media.

His executive roles included launch Editor of Sky News, and Director of Programmes for Live TV.

On air, Ferrari presented with Talk Radio but when the station transformed into TalkSport he moved on to LBC. Initially, in 2001, he did not have his own slot, but in the end he made the important breakfast slot his own.

Nick Ferrari is often referred to as outspoken. When Ferrari was criticised by the Broadcasts Standards Commission, for encouraging racism against asylum seekers, LBC told the BSC its programme was designed to be provocative.

The Mayor of London, a post which Ferrari at one stage declared himself interested in running for, Ken Livingstone chipped in saying:

"Nick Ferrari has built a reputation on controversy and argument, but LBC must also have regard for the interests of our city and the rights of the people who live here. Mr Ferrari specialises in the US-style 'shock-jock' format and it seems on this occasion that he strayed beyond the boundary of acceptability ..."

Nick Ferrari has also regularly appeared on TV, including as a pundit on Richard & Judy.

In May 2009, he won the Speech Radio Personality of the Year award at the Sony Radio Academy Awards.

In June 2009, Nick Ferrari quit his show on Press TV in protest at the Iranian regime, which funded the station, crushing dissent after the Iranian elections.

In April 2010 Nick Ferrari received five nominations from the Sony Radio Academy Awards: Speech Radio Personality of the Year, Speech Broadcaster of the Year, Breakfast Show of the Year (10 million plus), Best Speech Programme and News Journalist of the Year.

He is also one of the regulars on Sky TV's current affairs discussion show The Pledge.

In October 2017, Nick Ferrari started alternating with Emma Barnett as presenter of a new ITV topical discussion programme called After The News.

In November 2017, Nick Ferrari became the first radio presenter to be named journalist of the year at the British Journalism Awards.

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