Former presenter of BBC's The World, Kirsty Lang is a Radio 4 broadcaster, an experienced journalist in TV, radio and newspapers, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Columbia, New York. A highly competent chair, she has facilitated conferences all over the world in the private and public sector. She is passionate about the arts and sits on the board of the British Council.
Kirsty Lang is a diverse and unique broadcaster, presenter and facilitator, with an impressive and deep knowledge of politics, economics and current affairs, and a passion for the arts. She brings gravitas and professional polish to the Radio 4 arts magazine programme Front Row, and is a recognisable face from her Channel 4 news presenting days.
After reading International Relations at the London School of Economics followed by an MA in Journalism from City University, Kirsty began working for the BBC as a graduate trainee in 1986. She began working on programmes such as Today and The World at One and in 1989 she became a central European correspondent for BBC World Service in Budapest. During this time she covered the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Balkans conflict, after this she became a reporter for the BBC’s Newsnight. Kirsty worked briefly for the Sunday Times in Paris, before joining Channel 4 News in 1998 as a studio presenter and news reporter.
In 2002 Kirsty returned to the BBC at the time the new digital channel BBC 4 was launched and she presented the evening news programme World News Today. She is a regular presenter for ‘Front Row’ on Radio 4, where she demonstrates her knowledge of the arts, film, literature, film, media and music.
Kirsty has contributed to publications including The Times and the Radio Times; in 2008 she was Chair of the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2008. Kirsty also hosted the British Institute of Facilities Management Annual Conference 2010, which included Oona King and Will Hutton.
She is visiting Professor at Columbia University and a regular chair at conferences in the public and private sector where clients have included The Qatar Foundation, IMB, BMA and many more.
Kirsty is married to the journalist and Balkans specialist Misha Glenny.