Jonathan Dimbleby – Keynote Speaker

British writer, broadcaster and film-maker

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  • Politics


  • English


Jonathan Dimbleby is a writer, broadcaster and film-maker. He has presented Any Questions? and Any Answers? for BBC Radio 4 since 1987, with the latter ending in 2012.


His coverage of the 1973 Ethiopian famine, The Unknown Famine, was followed by TV and radio appeals which raised a record sum nationally and internationally. His report, for which he won the SFTA Richard Dimbleby Award, contributed to the overthrow of the Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie.


He presented ITV’s flagship weekly political programme, “Jonathan Dimbleby” from 1995 to 2006 and anchored the network’s coverage of the last three General Elections. In 2008 his five part series Russia – A Journey with Jonathan Dimbleby was broadcast by BBC2 and his book Russia – A Journey to the Heart of a Land and its People was published to accompany the series. Other books include Richard Dimbleby, The Palestinians; Charles: the Private Man, The Public Face; and The Last Governor.


In October 2012, his book “Destiny in the Desert The road to El Alamein? the Battle that Turned the Tide” was published. It is a “unique single-volume history of the road to El Alamein -‘the end of the beginning’- and the bloody battle that followed” regarding the events of 1942. The book was shortlisted for the 2013 Hessell-Tiltman Prize.


In addition to his Presidency of VSO, he is Chair of Index on Censorship and the Susan Chilcott Scholarship and a Trustee of Dimbleby Cancer Care.

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