John Humphrys is one of Britain’s best known and most controversial broadcasters. He has been a journalist for more than half a century and has been described by the Mail on Sunday as the best broadcaster on radio.
He was BBC TV’s youngest foreign correspondent and has anchored most frontline news and current affairs programmes. He has won just about all the national awards … including the “Oscar of Oscars”: the Sony Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement. The citation read: “He has truly changed the face of radio and the nature of the radio interview for an entire generation.”
But he has also achieved something else. He has become a hate figure in his time for BOTH major political parties. When the Conservatives were in power he was savagely attacked by one cabinet minister for “poisoning the well of democratic debate” with his style of interviewing. When the Labour Party was in opposition he was praised by them for his robust approach. Then, when Labour came to power, all that changed and he was attacked by New Labour for giving ministers a hard time. He was described as the “John Humphrys problem”. They called for him to be sacked. So he went from being a hero of the democratic process to a villain in a matter of months! A funny old business, politics…
Apart from his broadcasting work John writes books (seven so far) and newspaper columns and has set up his own charity: the Kitchen Table Charities Trust. He also presents that rare programme: a serious television quiz show, Mastermind.
"Just a quick note (and I apologise that it is electronic rather than in a letter!) to thank you for your excellent contribution to last night's event. Much appreciated." John hosted the Mining Awards in November 2009
...John was a hit with our customers. He received plenty of laughs and grabbed the attention of his audience, hence the amount of questions that were thrown his way... Royal Sun Alliance -John spoke at a series of their customer workshops
"...the debate worked really well, John made it into a very stimulating discussion from which we have received some excellent feedback" Leapfrog Medical - John chaired a debate on epilepsy