|Born||John David Gibson
July 25, 1946
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Talk show host|
|Spouse(s)||Susan McHugh (1979–present)|
John David Gibson (born July 25, 1946) is an American radio talk show host. As of September 2008, he hosts the syndicated radio program The John Gibson Show on Fox News Radio. Gibson was formerly the co-host of the weekday edition of The Big Story on the Fox News television channel.
Gibson earned a BA from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. He began his reporting career with The Hollywood Reporter (1969–1972) and worked for Atlantic Records (1972–1974). Gibson worked for KFWB-AM (1974–1975) and KEYT-TV (1975–1977). At KCRA, he was a feature reporter on the Weeknight magazine show (1977–1979) and San Francisco bureau chief (1979–1989).
Beginning in 1992, Gibson worked as an NBC News correspondent in Burbank, California. In 1994, he became the first West coast correspondent for NBC News Channel. He covered the 1995 O. J. Simpson trial for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman for NBC News Channel and Rivera Live on CNBC. In 1996 he was named anchor for daytime programming on MSNBC, where he covered the Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky scandal in 1998.
Career with Fox News
On March 12, 2008, Fox News Channel announced The Big Story was being replaced with , a program more directly geared toward following the . The Big Story was not renewed after the election and was replaced with in January 2009. He has been a regular guest-panelist on Fox’s late-night satire show , and is often the butt of jokes on episodes in which he doesn’t appear.
Gibson vs. the BBC
In 2004 Gibson said that the was , accusing the BBC of having “a frothing-at-the-mouth that was obsessive, irrational and dishonest”. He also said that reporter , who was covering the for in , had, “insisted on air that the was heroically repulsing an incompetent American military”.
Gibson’s criticisms were rejected by when it investigated viewer complaints of Gibson’s item. Ofcom also found that Gibson’s broadcast was in violation of several UK television regulations, concluding that Gibson’s commentary did not display a “respect for truth”, failed to offer the BBC a chance to respond to the allegations, and was based on “false evidence.”
Following the 2007 in Cleveland, Ohio, on his radio show Gibson commented “I knew the shooter was white. I knew he would have shot himself. don’t do that. They shoot and move on to shoot again. And I could tell right away because he killed himself. Hip hoppers shooters don’t do that. They shoot and move on.”
In a 2008 edition of his radio show, Gibson commented on actor ‘s death the day before. He opened the segment with funeral music and played a clip of ‘s famous line “I wish I knew how to quit you” from Ledger’s film ; he then said “Well, I guess he found out how to quit you.” Among other remarks, Gibson called Ledger a “weirdo” with “a serious drug problem”. The next day, he addressed outcry over his remarks by saying that they were in the context of jokes he had been making for months about Brokeback Mountain, and that “There’s no point in passing up a good joke.” Gibson later apologized on his television and radio shows.[1