Ian Hislop

Journalist, Broadcaster and Author

Ian Hislop is a satirist, comedian, writer, broadcaster and magazine editor stars. He has edited Private Eye (fortnightly British satirical and current affairs magazine) since 1986, taking over the helm from Richard Ingrams and steering it to ever greater commercial and satirical success.

"Instantly recognisable TV personality"

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  • After dinner
  • Awards
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He presents in English.

How he presents

Ian Hislop combines, in a unique way, top quality journalism and an eye for comical situations, a mix of political wit and humour everybody likes.


  • The Private Eye Annual

In Detail

Ian graduated from Oxford with a degree in English literature. Due to Private Eye popularity and as Britain's best-selling current affairs magazine, many of the recurring in-jokes have entered popular culture. Ian has made countless television and radio appearances, as panelist, essayist and presenter. As a writer, Ian progressed from Spitting Image to write sketches for Harry Enfield and television plays for Maureen Lipman and Dawn French. Most recently he co-wrote the family sitcom, My Dad's the Prime Minister. He is also known to millions as team captain on Have I Got News For You? which has won numerous awards including a BAFTA for Best Light Entertainment.


In his after dinner speech, the most sued man in Britain talks about the joys of litigation. He might also mention his ill-fated attempts to drive overseas sales of Private Eye - an object lesson in how not to conquer the export trade.


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