Fergal Keane

BBC News Correspondent

Fergal Keane is one of the BBC’s best-known correspondents and has won numerous awards for his reports from the world’s trouble spots. Keane joined the BBC in 1989 as the Ireland Correspondent and within less than a year, Fergal Keane was appointed to become 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. After South Africa, Fergal was then posted to Hong Kong as the BBC Asia Correspondent and covered the return of the territory to China. Following this, he was based in London and covered major international stories like the Kosovo war and the invasion of Iraq. Fergal is now the onscreen Africa Editor for BBC News.

He has also presented numerous documentaries for the BBC including ‘Valentina’s Story’, on the Rwandan genocide, for which he won a BAFTA and a  three-part documentary ‘Forgotten Britain’ (May 2000), where he travelled across the country, interviewing people living on the edge of affluent societies but facing hardship through drugs, redundancy and exploring the effect of pressure from supermarkets on farming. He has also presented the critically acclaimed filmsFirst World War from Above’ and ‘Teenage Tommies’ and was the BBC commentator from Westminster Abbey during the centenary of Armistice Day.

A man of many talents who has enjoyed an esteemed career, over his time as a producer, presenter, reporter and author, Fergal has been recognised through winning many other awards. Amongst these, Fergal has won the James Cameron Prize for War Reporting, Amnesty Television Award for his investigation in Rwandan Genocide (1994), Voice of the Viewer and Listener Award (1996) and he is the only reporter ever to have won the Royal Television Society Journalist of the Year award and Sony Radio Reporter of the Year in the same year (1994). Fergal has also been recognised for his literary talents and awarded an honorary degree from several universities including Queens University Belfast, University College Cork and Liverpool University. He has also 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 the 1997 New Year’s honours list, 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’ and has presented programmes for Radio 4, including ‘Taking a Stand’ for which he won the Sony Gold Award. He has also written several books initiated from his experiences and interests, including ‘Letter to Daniel’, ‘Season of Blood‘ on the Rwandan genocide, which won the Orwell Prize, and his top ten bestsellerRoad of Bones‘ on the siege of Kohima in World War Two which 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 speaker that enjoys all kinds of public speaking, Fergal Keane is available to hire as a speaker or host for any event, dinner or function across the UK through the Champions Speakers agency.

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