Brian Whelan is a thriller writer and BBC TV News journalist.
Brian’s broadcasting career began in 1988 at BBC Radio York – the city in which is first novel, Judicial Lies, is set.
His first broadcasting job was as a researcher.
Early on he took a close interest in crime and policing matters. He became a reporter and later served as one of the BBC’s Home Affairs [Crime] Correspondents.
Brian’s reporting career has brought with it the privilege of experiencing the fascinating inner workings of the UK criminal justice system.
He has met many victims of crime, talked to judges, home secretaries, chief constables, police constables, and visited prisons to interview gangsters, robbers, rapists, and murderers.
Brian has reported from the scene of riots, accompanied detectives on operations targeting drug dealers and violent criminals, and spent many hours in many of Britain’s courts.
Some of the cases that he has sat through include terrorism, gun-running, police corruption, child abuse, rape, and the most heinous of murders.
Sources in the police, Special Branch, prison, probation and Customs & Excise services have enabled him to produce numerous news exclusives for BBC network television news and BBC Radio 4′s flagship Today programme.
As a general reporter he has covered various domestic stories and travelled around the UK.
One of several foreign assignments was to Bosnia-Herzegovina, which witnessed the worst atrocities Europe has seen since the Second World War.
Brian followed a team of British soldiers who were fulfilling an IFOR peacekeeping role, at a time when more than 100,000 people had been killed and almost a million more injured and displaced.
Here he witnessed horrific scenes in the aftermath of massacres and saw for himself the human consequences of ethnic cleansing.
Today Brian works behind-the-scenes as a News Producer at the BBC News Channel, based at New Broadcasting House in central London.
Most of Brian’s broadcasting career has been at the BBC. He has also worked for ITN (ITV News) and Sky News.
Brian was born in Liverpool and remains a life-long LFC fan.
He stood on the Kop (or at least he sat on the shoulders of his father who stood on the Kop) when he was aged 8.
These days, geography and (lack of) time means he can rarely to travel to Anfield to see his beloved Reds in action.
He is more likely to watch England at Wembley – until, of course, Liverpool return to previous form and start winning more silverware!
Brian lives with his partner, Linda, in northwest London.