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John Simpson CBE

Author, Journalist and BBC World Affairs Editor

John Simpson, the World Affairs Editor at BBC and leader of a group of foreign and special correspondents, boasts a remarkable record of reporting from over 100 countries, including 30 regions entrenched in active conflict. Regarded as one of the globe's most seasoned and respected journalists, he has engaged in interviews with some of the planet's most renowned and polarising leaders.

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

John Simpson CBE

In detail

His ambition and wide-ranging interests, along with his intelligence and analytical mind, took him on a journalistic journey from one ground-breaking event to another earth-shattering global episode. Before he knew it, John was knee-deep in war zones, face to face with controversial world leaders and challenging dictators with a camera, a microphone and probing questions. In 1991 and 2000 he was named Royal Television Society Journalist of the Year; he has been awarded 3 BAFTAs, a Golden Nymph Award for his reporting of Ayatollah Khomeini's return to Iran; an International Emmy Award for News Coverage for his report on the fall of Kabul for BBC's Ten O'Clock News and a special jury's award at the Bayeux War Correspondents Awards.

What he offers you

John is an accomplished public speaker and enthrals audiences 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


  • 2021
    Our Friends in Beijing
  • 2018
    Moscow, Midnight
  • 2017
    We Chose to Speak of War and Strife
  • 2010
    Unreliable Sources
  • 2007
    Twenty Tales from the War Zone
  • 2007
    Not Quite Worlds End - a Traveller's Tale
  • 2005
    Days from a Different World

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