John Humphrys is an award-winning Welsh broadcaster.
From 1981 to 1987 he was the main presenter for the Nine O’Clock News, the flagship BBC news television programme, and since 1987 he has been a presenter on the award-winning BBC Radio 4 programme, Today. He presents the programme with Justin Webb, Nick Robinson, Mishal Husain and Sarah Montague. Since 2003 he has been the host of the BBC Two television quiz show Mastermind.
Humphrys has a reputation as a tenacious and forthright interviewer; occasionally politicians have been very critical of his style after being subjected to a tough interview on live radio.
He played himself in the 2013 crime thriller film Closed Circuit with Eric Bana in the lead. In 2014, he appeared as himself in The Life of Rock with Brian Pern.
In a March 2014 interview with the Radio Times, Humphrys noted some of the biases at the BBC, describing it as “broadly liberal as opposed to broadly conservative”.
He highlighted failing in coverage of issues of Europe and immigration, stating: “We weren’t sufficiently sceptical – that’s the most accurate phrase – of the pro-European case. We bought into the European ideal. We weren’t sufficiently sceptical about the pro-immigration argument. We didn’t look at the potential negatives with sufficient rigour.”
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