Roger Cook, Investigative Journalist, TV Host
Easily the most-watched investigative reporter on British TV and arguably the bravest, Roger Cook’s programmes were the stuff of legend. Roger was brought up in Australia, where he began his broadcasting career as a radio and television reporter/newsreader for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. In 1968, Roger started work with BBC Radio Four as a reporter on The World at One, and went on to present both The World at One and the PM Programme. In 1973 he created Checkpoint, the investigative radio programme that he produced and presented for 12 years. He is widely credited with originating a whole new genre of broadcasting.
Roger joined ITV in 1985 and the ground-breaking Cook Report was born. For 16 series, Roger travelled tens of thousands of miles a year in pursuit of major criminals, con-men and corrupt officials. For the whole of its long run, the series was by far the most popular current affairs programme on British television with audiences often approaching ten million. Amongst its many firsts, The Cook Report exposed the likes of child pornography, Northern Ireland protection rackets, baby trading in Brazil, the illicit ivory trade, illegal immigration, war criminals in Bosnia, those behind 9/11 and other terrorist plots and the Russian black market in weapons-grade plutonium. In all, there were more than 120 editions – a number of which were followed by successful police prosecutions or major changes in the law. In the pursuit of justice and in the course of making those programmes, he was injured numerous times and made physical and journalistic fearlessness his trademark.
Roger Cook has been much imitated, but never equalled. He has won 11 major national and international awards, culminating in a British Academy (BAFTA) Special Award ‘For 25 years of outstanding quality investigative reporting’. For nearly two decades, Roger has also been Visiting Professor (and latterly Emeritus Professor) at the Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism at Nottingham Trent University and was made an honorary Doctor of Letters in 2004.
From the hilarious to the hair-raising, Roger has many a tale to tell from a unique career spanning more than 40 years as a globe-trotting investigative reporter.
Roger Cook is scheduled to sail on the following voyage(s) (subject to change):