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Sir Robin Day

(1923-2000), Television and radio journalist

Sitter in 6 portraits
Broadcaster and journalist. Day was President of the Union at Oxford in 1950, and trained for the bar. He then embarked on a career in television journalism with ITN and later the BBC. He stood unsuccessfully for Parliament as a Liberal in 1959. As a political commentator, however, Day rose rapidly to the top of his profession. An influential figure in the early days of broadcasting particularly in establishing television current affairs programmes such as Panorama, he developed a tough interviewing style which has been adopted by others. A pocket cartoon by Marc showing Day has Day ready to pounce under the caption 'One last insult, Prime Minister'.

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Sir Robin Day, by Rosemary Beaton - NPG 5750

Sir Robin Day

by Rosemary Beaton
oil on canvas, 1985
NPG 5750

Sir Robin Day, by Nick Sinclair - NPG P510(10)

Sir Robin Day

by Nick Sinclair
bromide print, 1991
NPG P510(10)

Sir Robin Day, by Vivienne - NPG x87922

Sir Robin Day

by Vivienne
vintage bromide print, 1950-1958
NPG x87922

Sir Robin Day, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x165616

Sir Robin Day

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 21 January 1970
NPG x165616

Sir Robin Day, by Cecil Beaton - NPG D17947(19)

Sir Robin Day

by Cecil Beaton
pencil, late 1960s-early 1970s
NPG D17947(19)


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