Fergal Keane

BBC News Correspondent

Fergal Keane is one of the BBC’s best-known correspondents and has won numerous awards for his current affairs reporting. Fergal joined the BBC in 1989 as the Ireland Correspondent. Within less than a year, Fergal was appointed the BBC correspondent in South Africa, where he covered stories including townships unrest, the first multi-racial elections at the end of the apartheid and genocide in Rwanda. Fergal is now the onscreen Africa Editor for BBC News.

A man of many talents who has enjoyed an esteemed career, Fergal has been recognised with numerous awards over his time as a producer, presenter, reporter and author. He has taught at the Institute of Irish Studies, Liverpool University, where he is an associate professor. Rewarded with an OBE as an appreciation for his services to Journalism in 1997, Fergal Keane OBE really is a must to hire for your next event as a speaker.

A native Irishman, in 2011 Fergal produced his own five-part series The Story of Ireland. He has further presented programmes for Radio 4, including Taking a Stand, for which he won the Sony Gold Award. He has also written several books from his experiences and interests, including Letter to Daniel, Season of Blood on the Rwandan genocide, which won the Orwell Prize. Fergal’s top ten bestseller, Road of Bones, explores the siege of Kohima in World War Two and was named Military Book of the Year. His most recent work was Wounds, an account of his own family’s involvement in the Irish revolution. The book won the Irish non-fiction Book of the Year and the Ewart Biggs memorial prize.

An extremely knowledgeable figure that enjoys all kinds of public speaking, Fergal is available to hire as a speaker or host for any event, dinner or function across the UK through the Champions Speakers agency. On stage, Fergal is as charismatic as he is knowledgeable, effortlessly navigating otherwise sensitive topics with ease. His expertise in such topics as journalism, world news, current affairs and presenting, make him an adaptable keynote speaker, who can tailor his content to any event.

To book Fergal Keane to make a personal appearance at your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing agent@championsukplc.com or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, Fergal is known to cover the following topics:

  • British Journalism
  • BBC News
  • Presenting & Broadcasting
  • TV & Radio
  • World News