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John Simpson CBE

Author, Journalist and BBC World Affairs Editor

John Simpson has been part of the BBC for over 40 years and is World Affairs Editor and, the head of the corporation's London-based team of foreign and special correspondents. He has reported from more than 100 countries, including from 30 active war zones and has more than earned his reputation as one of the world's most experienced and authoritative journalists. John's career has seen him interview some of the world's most famous and controversial leaders and is respected globally.

"His remarkable life offers a ringside seat at every major event in recent global history"

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In detail

John has received numerous international awards and academic honours including, Royal Television Society's Journalist of the Year in 1991 and 2000, International Ischia Journalism Prize, Italy's most prestigious media award, including an honorary fellowship from Magdalene College in 1999. He was made Chancellor of Roehampton University in 2005 and most recently received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Leeds.

What he offers you

John is an accomplished public speaker and enthrals audiences across the world with his lively and entertaining talks and lectures. He has the ability to cover topics from highly factual and intense world affairs to more light-hearted and amusing anecdotes from his extensive travels.

How he presents

Always the consummate professional, John Simpson brings great depth to his fascinating and moving presentations making him one of the most sought-after speakers currently available.


He presents in English.

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  • Broadcasting and Communications
  • Leadership and Teamwork
  • Current Affairs
  • World Politics
  • Global Trouble Spots
  • World Affairs
  • Anecdotes of his Life and Experiences


  • John was excellent. He was very open and honest and was extremely well received - Membership Organisation


  • 2010
    Unreliable Sources - How the 20th century was reported
  • 2007
    Not Quite Worlds End - a Traveller's Tale
  • 2006
    Days from a Different World
  • 2005
    Days from a Different World: A Memoir of Childhood
  • 2004
    The Wars against Saddam: Taking the Hard Road to Baghdad
  • 2003
    Simpson's World
  • 2002
    News from No Man's Land

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