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 theUK.
Gordon made his name nationally by hosting ITV’s popular quiz programme THE KRYPTON FACTOR which ran at peak-time for 18 years pulling in audiences of up to 18 million people. He wrote all the scripts for the programme and devised many of the tough challenges for the contestants.
He is a journalist by trade and began his career as a newspaper reporter with the Belfast Telegraph in his home city. For ten years he provided live commentary for the ITV network on the Labour, Conservative and TUC party conferences. He also produced and presented Granada Television’s regional news and political programmes for 15 years.
During his career covering politics, current affairs and news for UTV, Granada Television and the BBC he has interviewed every Prime Minister from Edward Heath to David Cameron – 8 in all. It’s a record unsurpassed by any other broadcaster.
In 2010 Gordon was honoured for his “outstanding services to broadcasting” with an honorary doctorate from the University of Bolton.
Gordon is married with two grown-up children, both working in television, is a keen football and cricket fan and has lived in Manchester for over 30 years.