Jeremy Vine is one of the most successful broadcasters of recent years and in 2012 clocked up a quarter of a century at the BBC.
In ‘It’s All News to Me’, he looks back over his packed career from the very first day when he arrived at Broadcasting House in central London (by coincidence a big day for news: Black Monday, 1987) and tries to answer the most important question of all:
Why can’t I get into the building without my pass?
Jeremy explains how he got his break as a Today programme reporter, but nearly lost his life when he was ambushed by rebel Serbs during the early days of the war in Yugoslavia. He walks us through the shadowy corridors of Westminster in the 1990s as a political correspondent trying to deal with the likes of Alastair Campbell and Peter Mandelson; reflects on the steep learning curve that was his posting as Africa Correspondent at the turn of the millennium; and writes about his awkward return to the UK where he was dubbed Paxman’s “mini-me” on Newsnight.
He also explains what it’s like to present Radio 2’s lunchtime show and talk to 7 million listeners — people who, as he puts it, “have better stories than we do.”
Written in Jeremy’s unmistakably lively and self-deprecating voice, It’s All News to Me paints a vivid picture of what it’s like to be trapped inside the BBC — probably the most complicated, fascinating and baffling organisation in the country — for 25 years. The book is also about our obsession with news. How and why it happens. And the power of real life stories versus the media’s desire to shape them.