John Humphrys joins Daily Mail as weekly columnist after leaving BBC

Ex-BBC journalist John Humphrys is joining the Daily Mail as a regular weekly columnist, replacing Peter Oborne who stood down in October.

Humphrys left Radio 4’s Today programme in September after 32 years and has already returned to the airwaves presenting Classic FM’s Sunday afternoon show.

His first public swipe at the BBC, just two days after his departure, was covered in the pages of the Daily Mail which carried extracts from his memoir A Day Like This that accused the corporation of having an “institutional liberal bias”.

The 76-year-old said he was “delighted” to be joining the Mail, saying he had spent “more years than I care to remember” writing “on and off” for the paper. He starts his new column on Saturday.

“The Mail is a paper that knows what it believes in, and proudly says so, but it does not demand that its columnists toe an approved line,” Humphrys said. “That’s the big test of a paper’s integrity.

“My view has always been that I am not writing for a mighty media organisation, I am writing for its newspaper’s readers. If they agree with me: that’s wonderful. If they don’t, that’s fine too.

“I look forward to discovering which it will be every week – and I hope Mail readers will, too.”

Daily Mail editor Geordie Greig added: “John Humphrys is one of the legends of British journalism.

“He has gained a reputation as a fearless interviewer with forthright views and he will bring his unrivalled insight to the Daily Mail.

“He is not just a ferocious interrogator, but a gifted, entertaining and thought-provoking writer who will make for compulsive reading.”

Humphrys wrote a column for the Sunday Times for five years until 2004 when the BBC banned its journalists from writing articles on current affairs for external newspapers and magazines.

Oborne left the Mail in October after claiming lobby journalists – including those at the paper– were being used by Number 10 to spread “fake news” and “lies and smears”.

The Daily Mail’s Saturday edition is the best-selling paper in the UK, according to ABC, with an average circulation of 1.7m.

Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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4 thoughts on “John Humphrys joins Daily Mail as weekly columnist after leaving BBC”

  1. We want our lives back. A short but positive statement.
    Lockdowns and extremely restrictive tier systems cause more deaths and heartache than coronavirus. We sit about, eat and get obese, and with that comes diabetes, heart disease and strokes which is 3 ways to die coronavirus is only one. There are tens of millions of sports people who cannot play there chosen sport and they crave to burn off the calories, and feel the surge of adrenaline through there veins, but instead they sit about and get frustrated which brings depression and sometimes suicide, a forth way to die, coronavirus is only one. The scientists have tunnel vision and are only concerned to get the “R” number down but what they don’t see is the “O” (obese) number rising which kills more than coronavirus.
    We have got to be allowed to play sport, we have done nothing wrong and yet we are penalised, to be denied this privilege is wrong and short sighted. The government will say this can happen when we have the vaccine, which is trialled but not tested by time, I don’t want coronavirus pumping into my system, staying fit and being sensible is a much better cure.

  2. John Humphys BBC. I very much enjoyed your talk on Cardiff and Swansea. It brought back memories of mine, the second World War in Bristol. I ran and played on the bommned sites in central Bristol. All changed since then, I re built many of the places, such as The Colston Hall and many Churches St Paul’s, Southville, Holy Trinity, Hotwells, Tyndale Baprist Church, The Greyhound Hotel, and many other buildings. I then came to London and taught Civil and Structural Enginnering at The University of Westminster for years, have now retired and made a list of the things done over the years, still giving talks with PowerPoint which is great fun on architecture and Engineering. Success and some Failures!

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