John Simpson


John Simpson was born in England, United Kingdom on August 9th, 1944 and is the Journalist. At the age of 79, John Simpson biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
August 9, 1944
United Kingdom
Place of Birth
England, United Kingdom
79 years old
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Journalist, Writer
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Magdalene College, Cambridge
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John Simpson Career

Simpson became a BBC reporter in 1970. Early in his career, the then prime minister Harold Wilson, angered by being asked whether he was about to call an election, punched Simpson in the stomach.

Simpson was the BBC's political editor in 1980-1. He presented the Nine O'Clock News in 1981–82 and became diplomatic editor in 1982. He had also served as a correspondent in South Africa, Brussels and Dublin. He became BBC world affairs editor in 1988 and presented an occasional current affairs programme, Simpson's World.

Simpson's reporting career includes the following episodes:

Simpson has freely admitted to using hallucinogenic drugs offered to him by locals in various jungles of the world. This prompted jibes from other panellists when Simpson appeared on BBC Television's topical quiz show Have I Got News For You. On his first appearance Simpson revealed that one hallucination involved a six-foot goldfish putting its flipper round his shoulders while wearing dark glasses and a straw hat.

In 2008 and 2009 Simpson took part in a BBC programme called Top Dogs: Adventures in War, Sea and Ice. It saw Simpson unite with fellow Britons Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the adventurer, and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the round-the-world yachtsman. The team went on three trips, experiencing each other's adventure field. The first episode, aired on 27 March 2009, saw Simpson, Fiennes and Knox-Johnston go on a news-gathering trip to Afghanistan. The team reported from the Khyber Pass and the Tora Bora mountain complex. The three also undertook a voyage around Cape Horn and an expedition hauling sledges across the deep-frozen Frobisher Bay in the far north of Canada.

During the 2011 Libyan civil war Simpson travelled with the rebels during their westward offensive, reporting on the war from the front lines and coming under fire on several occasions.

In 2016 Simpson presented a Panorama special, "John Simpson: 50 Years on the Frontline", revisiting the people and places that have impacted on him most, revealing his thoughts on the challenges for the future.

In 2018, he described how a previous head of BBC News had recently tried to force him out of the BBC. "I wasn't the only one: he did the same to several eminent broadcasters, on the grounds that the news department was clogged at the top by the aged. I was unsighted by being assured regularly how wonderful my contribution to the BBC was. 'I'd be distraught if you left', he said."


MICK HUME: Emily Maitlis's attack on 'both-sideism' at BBC is typical of those who despise democracy, August 25, 2022
MICK HUME: Following her big speech at the Edinburgh Television Festival this week, former BBC Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis has been celebrated as a potential saviour of liberal journalism - and even democracy itself - from the 'evils' of populism and Brexit. Excited groupies in the Remainer bastions of social media hailed her as both 'a ****ing God' and 'a Goddess' (gender identity bases covered) and declared: 'All hail Emily Maitlis!' Do us a favour. In truth,Maitlis's deranged sermon revealed her to be the embodiment of all that is worst about the smug, self-righteous BBC, a broadcaster which has abandoned any notion of objective reporting in favour of partisan tub-thumping. Worse, it confirmed how the elitist outlook she personifies poses a threat to both media freedom and democracy, the pillars of modern liberal Britain.

John Simpson hits back at ex-Newsnight host Emily Maitlis after she tore into her old bosses, August 25, 2022
BBC veteran John Simpson defended the corporation's political coverage after Maitlis said they had sought to 'pacify' No 10 over remarks Maitlis (left) had made on Newsnight about Dominic Cummings (right) and lockdown rules. Mr Simpson said the BBC was not 'timid' but embodied the 'essence of public service broadcasting' as he said the corporation's job was to 'lay the arguments in front of people honestly and let them make up their own minds' (inset). Maitlis, 51, who left the BBC this year to join media group Global, made her comments during an appearance at the Edinburgh TV Festival.

Dawid Malan hits unbeaten 88 as Trent Rockets chase down the 152 set by Northern Superchargers, August 10, 2022
England fringe quick bowler Luke Wood and fellow seamer Luke Fletcher struck twice apiece as the Superchargers, invited to bat, slipped to 68 for six after 53 balls before a blistering 50 off 27 from David Wiese ensured respectability at 152 for eight. But, at a notoriously fast-scoring venue, it was never likely to be enough - and the Rockets won by seven wickets with six balls remaining. Yorkshire's Malan led the chase on home turf, sharing 86 with opening partner Alex Hales (43). Malan hit three leg-side sixes in 49 balls.