John Humphrys keynote speaker

British TV Newsreader
  • Leadership
  • Media
  • Winning
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John Humphrys has been a presenter of Radio 4’s Today programme since January 1987.

Renowned as a tough and tenacious interviewer, his work on Today and for many years on BBC1’s On the Record, has made him one of the organisation’s most respected journalists and presenters.

During his career with the BBC, John has also worked as a foreign correspondent in both America and Africa, as well as being a diplomatic correspondent and presenter of the Nine O’Clock News. He has presented Panorama and You Decide, currently fronts On the Ropes on Radio 4 and Mastermind on BBC2.

John’s interviews on Today have occasionally attracted criticism from politicians, among them Jonathan Aitken, who in March 1995 accused him of “poisoning the well of democratic debate”. The criticism triggered an outbreak of pro-Humphrys comment among listeners and the media, including the Daily Mail which described him as “one of the most brilliant journalists in the country”.

Since 2003 he has been the host of the BBC Two television quiz show Mastermind.

The many awards he has won include a silver platter for Crystal Clear Broadcasting from the Plain English Campaign. In February 2000, he was named Journalist of the Year in an awards ceremony organised by the House Magazine and Channel 4, then in 2003 received the Gold Sony Radio Award (the radio industry’s equivalent of the Oscars).

John Humphrys has written several books, including Lost for Words, in which he criticizes what he sees as the widespread misuse of the English language, plus Devil's Advocate, Beyond Words, The Great Food Gamble and In God We Doubt: Confessions Of A Failed Atheist.

Humphrys is a columnist for the Daily Mail.

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