By Christina Katsantoni

Nikos Chatzinikolaou, the journalist, publisher and anchorman whose name is associated with great prestige in television news, was born in Alexandroupoli and grew up in Thessaloniki. His father, Panagiotis Chatzinikolaou, was a Member of Parliament and Deputy Minister of Macedonia-Thrace with the New Democracy party. At the age of 16, his family moved to Athens, where he began his studies at Panteion University.

Nikos Chatzinikolaou started his journalism career in the mid-1980s, in Mesimvrini newspaper. In 1987, he moved to the electronic media, broadcasting on Athens 9.84 radio station. In 1989, he began his collaboration with the newly founded Mega Channel, where he presented the show Enopios Enopio alongside the station's main newscast until September 2003. 

Throughout his career he has taken over the direction of news and has presented newscasts on almost all private Greek channels (Mega, Alpha, Alter, Star, ANT1), while he served as president and CEO of Alpha TV station. 

Watch the Leaders Talk Here


On television, he has also presented a series of political shows, moderated pre-election or post-election panels and political debates and presented long feature interviews with distinguished personalities from all the fields from Greece and abroad. 

In 2007, Nikos Chatzinikolaou founded the radio station Real Fm and the weekly newspaper Real News. In 2012, he launched his personal site-blog and the financial blog, which are part of the Real Group (like Agora and Ellinikos).

Since January 2017, he has been presenting the main newscast of ANT1, as well as the show “Enopios Enopio” since October 2022 and the show “Prosopo me Prosopo”. He is serving as President of the Journalists’ Union of the Athens Daily Newspapers (ESIEA) and he’s a member of the Board of Directors of the European Newspaper Publishers’ Association (ENPA).  

In his Leaders Talk, Nikos Chatzinikolaou looks back on the great adventure of journalism, which started  in his early childhood. He talks about the requirements, joys and challenges of daily TV reporting, the anchorman's stress before the signal, the role of viewership in shaping the newscast, the shifting credibility of news, the tough times and the people who give him peace. He recollects successes and mistakes and explains why television, which has been in his life for so many years, remains for him a parenthesis, which he will not miss in the future.