Jeremy Vine was named Speech Broadcaster of the Year at the Sony Awards in 2005 and 2011 and won Interview of the Year for the famous “head-in-hands” moment with Prime Minister Gordon Brown during the 2010 election.
His daily programme, The Jeremy Vine Show on Radio 2, is now the most listened-to radio news programme in the UK, having overtaken Radio 4’s flagship Today. He also presents BBC1’s Points of View on Sundays, as well as Eggheads, a teatime staple which is now one of the longest-running quiz shows in British TV history.
Jeremy Vine is one of only four presenters in the history of Panorama, the world’s oldest current affairs show. The others are David Dimbleby, Richard Dimbleby and Sir Robin Day.
He studied English Literature at Durham University, graduated in 1986 and began his career as a trainee reporter at the Coventry Evening Telegraph, in the days of manual typewriters and hot metal presses. The CET sold more copies in the eighties than the Independent does today. He left to become a BBC news trainee, then Today reporter (he was ambushed by rebels in Croatia and nearly killed), a political correspondent during the nineties (working with Jon Sopel, Nick Robinson, Huw Edwards and John Sergeant), and later BBC Africa correspondent based in Johannesburg and Newsnight presenter ― the most frightening assignment of all, working alongside the legendary Paxman.
Jeremy Vine now presents the graphics for all BBC election specials. He didn’t mind when BuzzFeed lampooned his coverage of the Scottish independence referendum in 2014, and was recently at the helm with David Dimbleby and Emily Maitlis for the 2015 General Election. He signed up for Strictly Come Dancing in 2015, in which his first dance with Karen Clifton was scored “2” by Craig Revel-Horwood.
His autobiography ‘It’s All News to Me’ tells the vivid story of 25 years at the BBC in his unmistakably lively and self-deprecating style. A review in the Telegraph said:
Jeremy Vine is the perfect diarist, because he is an exhibitionist who doesn’t mind looking stupid. So he has written a brilliant memoir detailing his adventures at the BBC, from political correspondent to the Today programme to no. 3 at Newsnight to his present job on Radio 2. Vine is silly and joyful and he has written a silly and joyful book, which I adored.
Jeremy is married to Rachel and they live with their two daughters in west London.