John Simpson Biography
JOHN SIMPSON is an accomplished public and keynote speaker and enthralling after dinner speaker fascinating audiences across the world with his lively and entertaining talks and lectures. With over 40 years experience in international journalism he has the ability to cover topics from highly factual and intense World Affairs to more light-hearted and amusing tales from his extensive travels.
John Simpson is the BBC's World Affairs Editor, the senior member of a team of London-based foreign and specialist correspondents. In a BBC career spanning more than 40 years - he joined as a trainee journalist in 1966 - John has earned a reputation as one of the World's most experienced and authoritative journalists. His first job with the BBC was as a trainee sub editor in Radio News in 1966. John has reported from more than 100 countries across the globe, from 30 war zones and has interviewed numerous controversial world leaders including Sadam Hussein, Osama Bin Laden, Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher, Mikhail Gorbachev, Yasser Arafat, Colonel Gadhaffi, Ayatollah Khomeini, Robert Mugabe and the Emperor Bokassa.
In the Front Line
One of John's more recent and demanding major assignments was reporting from Afghanistan during the fall of Kabul. John also reported from Belgrade during the Kosovo crisis. He was one of only a handful of journalists to remain in the Serbian capital when the authorities expelled those from Nato countries at the start of the conflict. "As everyone else was pulling out I decided I would just stay put and see what happened," he said. For the next 12 weeks he filed reports every day and often round-the-clock for all BBC services, and was the first BBC journalist in a war zone to answer questions from Internet users via BBC News Online.
Journalist of the Year
In April 2000, he was named RTS (Royal Television Society) Journalist of the Year for his reporting of the conflict.
Behind the Scenes
In a career which makes visiting trouble spots a way of life, John says he rarely fears for his safety - even when a Palestinian soldier ordered him to kneel in the road and held a gun to his head and, just recently, when a 'friendly fire' anti-tank bomb was dropped and detonated a few yards from him in Iraq, killing his translator and showering John with shrapnel.
Other close shaves include being shelled in Afghanistan, attacked with poisonous gas in the Gulf and dodging the bullets in Tiananmen Square. John also had the honor as a young reporter of being punched by Harold Wilson for asking whether he was about to call an election.
John was appointed World Affairs Editor in 1988 following periods as Diplomatic Editor and presenter of the Nine O'clock News. Before that he worked as a correspondent in South Africa, Brussels and Dublin.
John also presented a current and political affairs program called Simpson's World. John Simpson's World is broadcast on BBC World and BBC News 24, and is seen in 200 countries. Each edition has an audience that has been estimated at 151 million viewers. In its five years, Simpson's World has interviewed more than a hundred people in over forty countries, and is one of BBC World's most popular programs.
From 1990-6 John was associate editor of 'The Spectator'. Since 1996 he has written a foreign affairs column for The Sunday Telegraph. His most recent books include an autobiographical trilogy: 'Strange Places, Questionable People' (1998), 'A Mad World, My Masters' (2000), 'News From No Man's Land' (2002), 'The Wars Against Saddam' (2003) became a 'bestseller' and is now available in paperback, and his book "Days from a Different World" was published September 2005. In October 2007, he released in hardback his latest book 'Not Quite World's End: A Traveller's Tales'
John received a CBE in the (1991), and is one of only two people to have been twice named the Royal Television Society's 'Journalist of the Year' (1991 and 2000). Among his other awards have been three BAFTA's, a Golden Nymph Award for his reporting of Ayatollah Khomeini's return to Iran (1979), a Peabody Trust Award for news (1999), a special jury's award at the Bayeux War Correspondents Awards (2002) and most recently an International Emmy Award for News Coverage for his report on the fall of Kabul for BBC's Ten O'Clock News (2002), GQ Magazine "Author of the Year" (2003) and in 2004 John received the award from Pan MacMillan for the "Audio Book of the Year" for The Wars Against Saddam (2004). In September 1999, Magdalene College awarded John an honorary fellowship and, in November 2005, John was installed as Chancellor of Roehampton University .
Born on 9 August 1944, John was brought up in London and Suffolk, and educated at St Paul's School and Magdalene College, Cambridge where he read English and edited the magazine Granta. In September 1999, Magdalene College awarded John an honorary fellowship.
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16th June 2010
The Borders Book Festival kicks off tomorrow in the stunning setting of Harmony Gardens in Melrose. The festival has grown in to a national UK event over 4 days in June. This year the organisers have once again bagged themselves an impressive speaker line up including, John Prescott, Kate Adie, Gervase Phinn, John Simpson, Victoria Wood and Rory Bremner.
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
2nd April 2009
Three of Speakers Corner's most interesting motivational speakers - Polar explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, solo yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson talk about their preparations and making the 3-part series 'Top Dogs: Adventures in War, Sea & Ice' where they put each other to the test - in Afghanistan, the Arctic and the stormy seas off Cape Horn.
1st September 2008
John Simpson is to teach adventurers Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston how to file news reports from a war-zone in a new BBC series.
15th January 2008
ITV's Trevor McDonald appears on the return of News at Ten
26th October 2007
The BBC's grandly titled world affairs editor John Simpson's memoirs "Not Quite World's End" is launched
12th September 2011
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17th May 2011
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30th April 2013
Self-help books are increasingly popular among the British public than ever before and an increased number of us are turning to self help books in the hope that they will solve lives problems.
29th April 2013
MP and Keynote speaker, Jo Johnson has been appointed as the head of David Cameronâ€™s new policy unit.
John Simpson Reviews
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I wanted to write and thank you (John Simpson) very much for being with us last week at the Liverpool Cotton Association annual trade dinner. You did an incredible job with the wind blowing as it did and a number of Brazilians and Chinese at the back not speaking very much English which you handled with great aplomb. It was much appreciated and I would just like to say a very big thank you.
I have to thank you (John Simpson) very much once again for your participation in our recent awarding ceremony. Your laudatory speech has made a great impression on the audience present in the studio as well as on our viewers at their TV screens at home..... ......I was very glad to have made your acquaintance. We have benefited from the discussion with you very much.....
I am writing to say a huge thank you [John Simpson] for speaking at refuel...From our point of view the event was a great success. There was a buzz of excitement all day long. From the calls and notes we've had it's clear that delegates thoroughly enjoyed your session. They were fascinated by the insights into the work you do, and much appreciated your openness and honesty.....
Just a note to thank you (John Simpson) very much for chairing our debate The Road Map for peace is leading nowhere. Our postbag was full the next day and the feedback has been very positive with the audience finding the debate extremely stimulating. We are very grateful that you were able to chair for us and we very much hope there will be a future occasion in which we can work together again....
Having seen John (Simpson) report from some of the world most hostile conflicts and interview some of the world leading political figures, you cant help but be in awe of a man who has literally seen and done it all before. However, to his credit, there is nothing big time about John and I have to say he was a pleasure to work with from start to finish. Thoughtful, interesting, charming and with razor sharp humour to light up even the most depressing story, he talks with passion and genuine enthusiasm about the things he has witnessed over the years, resulting in people hanging on to his every word. In terms of what John provided for our event we could not have asked for anything more. It was a privilege to be in his company and I would recommend using John for almost any occasion given his knowledge and life experience.
I would like to thank you for your assistance leading up to Petrofac's Staff Day on 19th June. The event was a success and John Simpson's presentation and ensuing Questions and Answers session were absolutely riveting. Staff and clients not only enjoyed John's amusing anecdotes, they found the more serious topics he covered captivating. It was my pleasure to make his acquaintance and found him extremely amiable.....
I found Mr Simpson a humble, warm, engaging and extremely articulate man. He was able to make a marked impression on the conference's program, its delegates and in his particular session. He spoke with a humility, that was in itself, both humbling and powerful. Mr Simpson met the speaker's brief exceptionally well and I am more than satisfied in a way that exceeded my expectation.
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