John Humphrys is one of the UK’s most distinguished broadcasters.
Mention his name and most people will give you one of two replies: the Today programme or tough interviewing.
Since joining BBC Radio 4’s flagship current affairs breakfast programme in 1987, John’s name has become a byword for combative interviewing.
Born and bred in Cardiff, John left school aged 15 and started work on local papers, including The Western Mail.
In 1966, Humphrys joined the BBC as a reporter working in Liverpool.
In 1967, he became Northern Industrial Correspondent. He also covered Northern Ireland before becoming a Foreign Correspondent, with the India-Pakistan War among his first assignments.
As foreign correspondent for 10 years, John reported on many groundbreaking events, ranging from the Watergate crisis and resignation of Richard Nixon to the first free elections in South Africa, revolutions in Latin America, and assorted wars in all parts of the globe.
In 1980, John returned to the UK to take up the post of BBC Diplomatic Correspondent, before becoming the main presenter of the Nine O’Clock News.
Since 2003 he has been the host of the most rigorous and intellectual British quiz show Mastermind.
As an author, his first book, Devil’s Advocate, was published in September, 1999 and went straight into the best-seller lists to critical acclaim.
John Humphrys – Facilitator and Speaker:
As a very experienced awards host, conference facilitator, chair and guest speaker, John has worked for most of the major corporations and trade and industry bodies in Britain.
His regular clients include telecoms companies, the IT industry, banks, financial service providers and manufacturing industry.
John Humphrys chairs conferences and seminars, delivers keynote addresses and makes after-dinner speeches.