Gary Robertson

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Gary Robertson (born 1967 in Elgin, Moray) is a Scottish radio presenter best known as the presenter of Good Morning Scotland between 2006 and the present time.

Early life

Gary Robertson was born in 1967 in Elgin, Moray, and also educated there.

He started in broadcasting while at school, working at his local radio station, Moray Firth Radio, on a voluntary basis.

BBC career

Robertson joined the BBC in 1990 as a producer on BBC Radio Scotland's news programmes, Good Morning Scotland and Newsdrive. He went on to produce the Eddie Mair Live show.

He moved to BBC Radio Five Live in 1994 and presented all of the network's news programmes, including hosting a six hour special covering the Oscars live from Los Angeles. During his time in London he also worked for the BBC World Service and hosted a world news programme that was broadcast on public radio across the United States.

He re-joined BBC Radio Scotland in 1999 and from 2000 presented his own mid-morning show, which won the factual radio category at the Mental Health Media Awards in 2004 and was nominated for a Sony Award.

After taking over as head of radio in January 2005, Jeff Zycinski split Robertson's on-air duties over two new programmes: a daily breakfast-time phone-in, Morning Extra, which ran from 9 to 9.30am, and Scotland Live, a 12-1pm slot of news and current affairs reworked along the lines of his former Sunday Live programme. Zycinski told the Herald newspaper:

Gary is a very interesting presenter, a news person through and through but not a Paxman-in-your-face broadcaster. His strength is that he is an excellent listener which allows him to explore the answers he's given, a style of interviewing which often catches politicians unawares.[1]

During this time he also presented a few Reporting Scotland TV news bulletins.

Presenter, Good Morning Scotland

In August 2006, Robertson took over as one of the main presenters of Good Morning Scotland, along with Isobel Fraser.[2]

As part of financial cutbacks Robertson was told in May 2014 that he was to be axed. The decision was later reversed.[3]