Andrew Neil Biography
Andrew Neil is a publisher, chairman, editor, writer, broadcaster, public speaker and business consultant on media matters. He works in London, New York, Dubai and France. Andrew is a highly regarded keynote speaker and conference host.
Career and Background
Andrew Neil in Media and Business
Andrew is currently chief executive and editor-in-chief of The Press Holdings Media Group, owners of The Spectator, Spectator Business and Apollo, the international arts magazine.
Neil is also chairman of ITP, the biggest magazine publisher in the Gulf (based in Dubai); chairman and co-owner of World Media Rights, which owns TV rights and formats across the globe; and chairman and co-owner of Peters, Fraser & Dunlop, one of the world’s foremost talent agencies.
Neil also has a strong track record in broadcast media: he currently anchors four editions of the Daily Politics on BBC2 every week, the award-winning This Week on BBC1 every Thursday and Straight Talk with Andrew Neil on BBC News 24.
Journalist & Publisher
Between 1997 and 2005, Andrew Neil was Publisher of The Scotsman Group of newspapers, which was acquired in 1996 for £85m and sold to Johnston Press in January 2006 in a deal worth almost £200m. He was also CEO of handbag.com, the UK’s biggest online women’s magazine, which he acquired for his proprietors for £500,000 and sold 18 months later to Hearst Magazine for £22m.
During his career Andrew Neil has been UK Editor of The Economist, Editor of The Sunday Times, Executive Chairman of Sky Television, Executive Editor of Fox Television News of America, a well-known anchorman on British television and a regular political/economic commentator on all the American networks and news channels.
The Early Years of Andrew Neil
Born in Scotland in 1949, Neil attended Paisley Grammar School and the University of Glasgow, studying economics and American History.
His first job was as political adviser to the Secretary of State for the Environment in Edward Heath’s Conservative Government in London. He specialized in housing and regional policy.
In 1973 Andrew Neil became a correspondent for The Economist, where his first major assignment was to cover Ulster at the height of the Belfast troubles. He returned to London to become the magazine’s political and lobby correspondent in the House of Commons, then its industrial and labour correspondent covering both unions and business in Britain and Europe.
He became American correspondent of The Economist in 1979, and then returned to the UK to become Editor of The Economist. In 1982 Andrew edited and published The Cable Revolution, a prophetic guide to the new multi-channel world of cable and satellite in Europe.
A year later he became editor of the Sunday Times and remained in that post for 11 years. He developed the newspaper into the undisputed 10-section market leader which it remains today.
While still editing The Sunday Times, Neil presided over the successful launch of Sky Television, and was Executive Chairman of Sky from 1988 to 1990.
In the summer of 1994, Neil was seconded to New York to become executive editor of Fox TV’s first tentative steps into network news. With Fox uncertain of its plans, Neil decided to resign from both The Sunday Times and Fox Television to begin a new career as an independent broadcaster, publisher, writer and businessman. He took on the role of Publisher of The Scotsman Group of newspapers, and a Sunday Business paper.
Life in Broadcasting & Presenting
While carving out a reputation in print journalism that made him Britain’s best-known editor, Andrew Neil has also enjoyed a distinguished career in broadcasting.
BBC documentaries, radio shows, the Andrew Neil Show on BBC2, Is This Your Life? On Channel 4, the Andrew Neil Breakfast Show for BBC Radio Five, and live commentary for hours of British and American high profile live events such as elections. Among the many world leaders he has interviewed are Ronald Reagan, Mrs Gandhi, Tony Blair, Jimmy Carter, Margaret Thatcher, Henry Kissinger and Boris Yeltsin.
More BBC work followed including This Week with Andrew Neil, The daily Politics, and Straight Talk with Andrew Neil.
Andrew Neil as an Author
In October 1996 Neil published his autobiography Full Disclosure, and he continues to be a senior contributing editor to Vanity Fair.
Speaking Topics and Corporate Speaking Events
Andrew Neil is much in demand worldwide as a speaker lecturing on British, American and European politics/economics, the future of the euro and the dollar and the impact of information technology on business, with special emphasis on the opportunity and challenge of electronic commerce, on which he has spoken to most of the world’s major IT companies.
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27th March 2012
Nigel Barlow, Alain de Botton, Lindsey Hilsum, Will Hutton, Simon Jenkins, Julie Meyer, Andrew Neil and Jon Snow, all participated in the Guardian Open weekend.
6th May 2010
The choices for viewing tonight's election results have never been greater. There's Channel 4's Alternative Election Night with Jimmy Car, David Mitchen and Lauren Leverne, Andrew's Neil's Boat Party on BBC1, John Reid and Ann Widdecombe amongst the guests with Alastair Stewart on ITV or Kay Burley, Jeremy Thompson and Anna Botting who will be trailing the three leaders for Sky
Journalist, broadcaster and conference speaker, Michael Portillo presents 'Great British Railway Journeys' on BBC2
4th January 2010
Journalist, broadcaster, author and conference speaker, the former MP and Minister presents a new travel series on BBC Two, starting this week called 'Great British Railway Journeys'.
18th November 2011
Britainâ€™s top journalists gathered in London to pay tribute to their colleagues who have captured the attention of readers and media professionals at the Editorial Intelligence (EI) journalism awards breakfast.
12th September 2011
Speakers Corner holds a catalogue of corporate speakers with experience of the horrors of September 11th, or an insight into how the world has changed since.
17th May 2011
The Guardian has compiled a list of Britainâ€™s top 300 intellectuals. Amongst the newspaperâ€™s register of public figures leading the UKâ€™s cultural discourse, are a handful of Speakers Cornerâ€™s elite. Amongst the iIntellectuals are authors, economists, historians, journalists, lawyers, philosophers, policy advisers, politicians, religious leaders, and scientists.
21st February 2011
Sarah Brown, Britainâ€™s ex-First Lady is top of the â€˜Tweeteratiâ€™ list, according to The Independent.
11th June 2013
This yearâ€™s Ted Global conference is taking place in Edinburgh at the Edinburgh International Conference Center. Some of the worldâ€™s most accomplished speakers will take to the stage to talk about the political, economic and environmental issues that we face in todayâ€™s society.
3rd June 2013
The Stoke Newington Literary Festival is back in June for its fourth year running, todayâ€™s brightest thinkers will come together to share insights, stories, debates and opinions with audiences.
30th May 2013
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