Rob Burley

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Rob Burley first worked in political television as Editor of ITV’s Jonathan Dimbleby in 2004 before moving to the BBC where his credits include BBC Breakfast, Question Time, This Week and Newsnight.

In 2015 he became Editor of The Andrew Marr Show and he was in charge of the BBC political programmes department from 2018 to 2021.

He moved to Global as executive editor of LBC’s Andrew Marr Tonight in 2022, and then to Sky News as editor for Beth Rigby’s interviews.


Why Is This Lying Bastard Lying to Me?

Rob Burley

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Why Is This Lying Bastard Lying to Me? – a question famously asked by master TV inquisitor Jeremy Paxman – is a history of thirty years in British politics viewed through the prism of political television, from Thatcher’s fall to the crash and burn of Liz Truss, via the Iraq War, austerity, Brexit and Partygate. Rob Burley’s deliciously irreverent insider’s account of a career spent trying to get straight answers from politicians offers a unique insight into the British political class and their complicated relationship with the truth.

Rob Burley has prepared, practised and helped prosecute political interviews with eight prime ministers over more than twenty-five years, working alongside the biggest names in television. This book is his love letter to the political interview and, with the help of exclusive conversations with TV giants from Jeremy Paxman and Andrew Neil to Andrew Marr and Emily Maitlis, will take you inside the process like never before.

‘A delicious read’

— Emily Maitlis

‘What Rob Burley doesn’t know about political interviewing isn’t worth knowing’

— Andrew Neil

‘‘Incisive, brutally honest and very funny’

— Steve Coogan

‘Entertaining and illuminating’

— Beth Rigby

‘With years of experience editing the crème de la crème of political broadcasting, Rob Burley’s had a front row seat at most of them’

— Susannah Reid

‘Witty and well-informed’

— Andrew Marr