Speaker / Host
Jeremy Paxman is an experienced broadcaster, journalist, speaker and author. He has received numerous broadcasting awards for his well-renowned rigorous approach to interviewing which means he is the perfect personality for conference facilitating too.
About Jeremy Paxman
Jeremy Paxman is best known for presenting Newsnight for many years. He is also now the longest serving current quiz host on TV today for hosting University Challenge since 1994.
Jeremy Paxman was born in Yorkshire in 1950, educated at Malvern College in Worcestershire and received his degree (in English) from St Catharines College, Cambridge.
For three years in the mid-seventies, Jeremy Paxman was based in Northern Ireland, where he covered the ‘Troubles’ for the BBC. In 1977, he joined the ‘Tonight’ programme, for which he was a roving reporter. This was followed by five years as a reporter on ‘Panorama’, where assignments took him frequently to Africa, the Americas and the Middle East.
From 1989 – 2014. he anchored Newsnight (nightly, BBC2). For several years, he also presented Start The Week on BBC Radio Four. He became chairman of University Challenge in 1994. He has written widely for newspapers and magazines. Documentaries include ‘Who Do You think You Are?’ and’ Wilfred Owen: A Remembrance Tale.’
His books include ‘A Higher Form of Killing’ (with Robert Harris), ‘Through The Volcanoes: A Central American Journey’; ‘Friends in High Places : Who Runs Britain?’; ‘Fish, Fishing and the Meaning of Life’; and the best-sellers ‘The English: A Portrait of A People,’ ‘The Political Animal’ and ‘On Royalty’
His charitable interests include homelessness, mental health and education. In his spare time, he goes fly-fishing.
"Many thanks for your most enjoyable, thought provoking and entertaining presentation last night. You held the audience with your take on rudeness, your views on journalistic ethics and principles (surely an oxymoron, here) and your impending recruitment to the army of the oldies."
Colin J McGill, Public Affairs Consultant, Scottish Engineering.