Peter Gibbs Biography
Peter Gibbs (born 1958 in Sunderland) is a former BBC Weather forecaster, who appeared regularly on BBC News, BBC World News and BBC Radio, particularly BBC Radio Four.
He previously worked on the BBC News at One, BBC News at Six, BBC News at Ten and BBC Breakfast. He left the BBC on 9 December 2016. He worked at the British Halley Research Station on the Brunt Ice Shelf for two years from October 1979 where he made routine observations of the weather and helped to maintain the base.
When he returned to the UK in May 1982 he joined the Met Office where he spent a year as a weather forecaster in training. He spent several years forecasting at RAF Honington in Suffolk and on the Benbecula island in the Outer Hebrides, where the forecast for the Army missile range on South Uist before moving to the Norwich Weather Centre in 1989.
Peter Gibbs Age
Gibbs was born in 1958, in Sunderland.
Peter Gibbs Education
Attending Kendal Grammar School. He graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1979 with an Honours degree in Physics and Geography. He started work at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge.
Peter Gibbs Family
Gibbs was born in Sunderland and brought up in Kendal.
Peter Gibbs BBC career
His television debut as a forecaster was with BBC Norwich’s Look East in 1993, and he moved to the BBC Weather Centre to join the BBC World team in October 1997. He began forecasting for other BBC channels in November 1998 and he now broadcasts across all BBC channels. He often hosts Gardeners’ Question Time on Radio 4. He presented his final weather bulletin on BBC Radio 4 on Friday 9 December 2016.
Peter Gibbs Marriage | Children
He enjoys walking, cycling, and sailing with his family. He married Susan Hollands in June 1988 in Cambridge and they have a son (born September 1990) and daughter (born May 1993). He was made an honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of Leeds in July 2018.
Peter Gibbs Bbc Weather
Peter was responsible for weather observations and balloon soundings at Ice Station Halley on the Brunt Ice Shelf, where temperatures fell as low as -40C during the four months of winter darkness. The Falklands war broke out as Peter was preparing to return to the UK in 1982 and he finally made it back to Southampton on the first ship to return from the war zone.
Some 34 years later he made an emotional return to Halley, to report for BBC Two’s Horizon on the vital scientific work done there. Peter has been a Met Office forecaster since 1983. A varied career has included forecasting for Tornado jet pilots, for rocket trials in the Outer Hebrides and even forecasting conditions for chicken farmers in Norfolk.
A Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society, Peter’s television career started in 1993 at BBC Look East in Norwich, before he moved on to the BBC Weather Centre team in London in 1997. Peter says: “The weather even finds its way into my favourite hobby – sending cameras up on weather balloons to capture spectacular video from the edge of space.”
Peter Gibbs Isle Of Mull
The Great Mull Air Mystery Thickens
On Christmas morning, the authorities launched a full-scale investigation. Peter Gibbs still had not returned. While RAF and Navy Air Service helicopters scoured the waters with sonar, hundreds of volunteers searched virtually the entire island. Neither Gibbs nor the aircraft could be found. For the next four months, speculation was rife as to Gibbs’ true fate.
This ended during the following April when local shepherd Donald McKinnon replaced one mystery with several more. On a hill about a mile from the Glen Forsa, he discovered the fully clothed body of Gibbs about 400 feet from the base of the hill. Gibbs was in full view of anyone that might have ventured onto the hill.
This made police really think. The hill was part of the original search effort, but nothing had been found. In the four months between the disappearance and the discovery, none of the local shepherds reported anything out of the ordinary. Barely a day went by without farmers or shepherds occupying the hill at some point.
It was simply not possible for anyone to have missed such an obvious sight as a deceased man missing for several months. After McKinnon found Gibbs, the authorities initially believed that this was just another unfortunate case of a lone pilot having to ditch in the sea and swimming to shore. Further investigations cast serious doubt on this conclusion.
Exposure of Peter Gibbs
The official cause of death was exposure. Gibbs had no injuries apart from a minor cut on one leg. One of the major problems in the investigation was how Gibbs ended up in the location where McKinnon found him. Assuming that the plane did crash into the sea, Gibbs would then have had to swim to shore, climb up a sheer cliff face, cross the road that led to the hotel, and then head a quarter of a mile uphill only to lie down and suffer the effects of exposure. As improbable as all of that sounds, there was no trace of seawater or marine microorganisms found on his skin or clothes.
There was another theory, but this one didn’t make any sense at all. Some people speculated that Peter Gibbs left the aircraft in flight somehow. As his body showed no signs of major trauma, they believed that he may have bailed out on his own accord for some reason. Perhaps the plane developed a fault during the flight.
However, there were no signs of a parachute anywhere near the body. If he did parachute out of the Cessna, then what happened to it? It doesn’t seem feasible that Gibbs would conceal a parachute and then return to lie down and die. And how come he didn’t seek help or at least tell Felicity he was safe? One of the main questions is what happened to the plane itself? Even though Gibbs showed no signs of submersion, it was likely that the Cessna was sitting on the bottom of the sea somewhere.
Peter Gibbs Ashmore
Ashmore Chairman Peter Gibbs To Retire, Replacement Named
LONDON (Alliance News) – Ashmore Group PLC said Monday that David Bennet will assume the role of chairman after Peter Gibbs retires in October. Bennet currently sits on the board of the investment manager as a senior independent director. He has been with the company since 2014. The company also appointed Jennifer Bingham as a non-executive director with immediate effect.
Peter Gibbs Radio 4
Presenter Kathy Clugston is to take over the chair of Radio 4 horticultural show Gardeners’ Question Time, replacing Eric Robson from this April.
Robson, 72, will be retiring from GQT after 25 years as host. Co-chair Peter Gibbs, however, will continue in his current role and front a third of the episodes.
Listeners will recognise the Belfast-born Clugston as a newsreader and continuity announcer on BBC Radio 4 and 4 Extra, both positions she will maintain in addition to chairing GQT. Robson’s departure will be marked by a special programme broadcast on 26th April, and Clugston’s first episode will hit the air on 3rd May.
“I have had a few pinch-me moments since I started at Radio 4,” said Clugston – “my first Shipping Forecast, reading the news on the Today programme – but this beats them all. One of my jobs as host will be to make new listeners feel welcome. I’m a novice and won’t be shy about asking the panellists to spell things out if they get too technical.”
Robson, who often faces a long commute from his farm in Cumbria to the show’s varied recording locations, said: “Having travelled the length and breadth of the UK with Gardeners Question Time for 25 years, it feels an appropriate time to be moving on. I’ve loved every minute of it, but I’m also delighted to be handing the trowel on to Kathy; someone I know will fit right in to the GQT family.”