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An Audience with John Humphrys

John Humphrys is one of Britain’s best known and most controversial broadcasters. He has been a journalist for more than half a century. He was BBC TV’s youngest foreign correspondent and has anchored most frontline news and current affairs programmes on both television and radio. He has long been best known as one of the leading presenters on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme. Expect some great tales and a little bit of an insight into what makes him tick when An Audience with John Humphrys plays a venue near you.

He has won just about all the national broadcasting awards … including the “Oscar of Oscars”: the Sony Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement.  The citation read: “He has truly changed the face of radio and the nature of the radio interview for an entire generation.”

He is frequently referred to by newspapers as a “national treasure” - which he loathes because he says it makes him feel a bit like one of Queen Victoria’s commodes!

But he has also achieved something else. He has become a hate figure in his time for BOTH major political parties. When the Conservatives were in power he was savagely attacked by one cabinet minister for “poisoning the well of democratic debate” with his style of interviewing. When the Labour Party was in opposition he was praised by them for his robust approach. Then, when Labour came to power, all that changed and he was attacked by New Labour for giving ministers a hard time. He was described as the “John Humphrys problem”. They called for him to be sacked. So he went from being a hero of the democratic process to a villain in a matter of months! A funny old business, politics…

Apart from his broadcasting work John writes books and newspaper columns and has set up his own charity: the Kitchen Table Charities Trust. He also presents that rare programme: a serious television quiz show, Mastermind

 

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Jun 9, 2015, 14:30 hrs

An Audience with John Humphrys

The Apex
1 Charter Square
Bury St Edmunds
IP33 3FD
www.theapex.co.uk

Apr 25, 2016, 19:30 hrs

An Audience with John Humphrys (Private event - Members only)

The Ashridge Circle

Jul 7, 2018, 16:50 hrs

An Audience with John Humphrys

The Winchester Festival
www.winchesterfestival.co.uk

Nov 3, 2019, 19:45 hrs

An Audience with John Humphrys

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
Millbrook
Guildford
Surrey
GU1 3UX
www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

Oct 10, 2019, 19:30 hrs

An Audience with John Humphrys

Shoreham Wordfest
www.shorehamwordfest.com

Nov 2, 2019, 19:30 hrs

An Audience with John Humphrys

Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival
www.stratfordliteraryfestival.co.uk

Oct 23, 2019, 19:30 hrs

An Audience with John Humphrys

The Saffron Hall
Audley End Road
Saffron Walden
CB11 4UH
www.saffronhall.com