Robert Peston wife: Broadcaster's 'guilt' at finding love after tragic death of wife Siân


Robert Peston wife: Broadcaster's 'guilt' at finding love after tragic death of wife Siân

Robert Peston hosted his political magazine show on ITV last night, a programme which features major interviews with MPs, topical guests and cultur

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Robert Peston hosted his political magazine show on ITV last night, a programme which features major interviews with MPs, topical guests and cultural figures. Having worked for the Financial Times, BBC and now ITV, Mr Peston is one of the best known political correspondents in the UK. He is regularly seen grilling Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other members of the Government.

Viewers rarely get a glimpse into Mr Peston’s personal life, but in 2018, he spoke candidly about how he coped following the sad death of his wife, writer Siân Busby, in 2012.

Ms Busby passed away due to lung cancer, and Mr Peston told the Sunday Times Magazine that he battled with guilt after meeting someone else.

Initially, he said falling in love again “definitely” felt like he was betraying his wife, adding that he “did feel desperately guilty”.

Mr Peston is now in a relationship with Charlotte Edwardes, a feature writer at The Times.

He met Ms Edwardes when they both worked for the Telegraph.

Talking about how they came to get together, Mr Peston said: “I sort of made the first move, by suggesting we have dinner.

“I was chronically embarrassed; I felt a bit like a teenager again. I didn’t really know whether she fancied me or not, so it was a nice surprise to discover that it was mutual.”

On Ms Edwardes, he added: “So the interesting thing about Charlotte was that I’m absolutely confident that, of all the women I’ve encountered over the last few years, she is the one who’s not remotely interested in me as a widower or because of what I do for a living.

“You want to be seen for yourself, and the good thing about Charlotte was, weirdly, that because she was having babies at the height of the financial crisis, she didn’t have a f****** clue who I was when we met again.

“She literally didn’t have a f****** clue. She was the only person that I came across around that period who literally knew almost nothing about the BBC stuff or Siân or anything.”

In the same interview, Mr Peston discussed his career at the BBC before moving to ITV.

This included commenting on how his former colleagues had to make their salaries public, something he said would b a “pain in the a***”

He said: “I think it is a pain in the arse to have your salary published. It definitely is.

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“Because of the tension that we all feel — well, I think any sensible person would feel — which is that we all individually feel we deserve to be paid as much as possible.

“And then when we stand back and look at it in the grand scheme of things, we think, f***, we’re all paid way too much.

“Truthfully, you know, it’s very difficult if you’re earning considerably more than the national average.

“Do I genuinely think I am adding significantly more to the welfare of the country than lots of people who do amazing jobs who are paid considerably less than me? I would find it very hard to argue that case.

“So, you know, I’m bloody lucky that I didn’t have to go through what I think must have been a pretty humiliating process. It would have been a massive and rather boring distraction, and I’m just grateful that it didn’t happen to me.”


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More recently, Mr Peston spoke to Press Gazette about his career, opening up on the challenges of being a reporter today.

He even admitted that he sometimes feels insecure about his standing.

The journalist said: “I’m never relaxed. Like many journalists, I’m terrified that if I don’t get the next story, I’ll be out of a job.”

Asked whether he was always destined to reach the top of journalism, given he is the son of Lord Peston, a renowned economist and Labour life peer, the ITV journalist responded: “No, not at all.”

He added: “Whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing – you might have to ask the people who are closest to me – but one of the things about being obsessive is I work f****** hard. I am very driven to try and make the best of whatever job I’m doing.”