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Jeremy Vine (born 17 May 1965 in Epsommarker, Surreymarker) is an Englishmarker author, journalist and newsreader for the BBC.

Biography

Jeremy is the elder brother of comedian Tim Vine and actress/painter Sonya Vine. He was born 17 May 1965 in Epsommarker, Surreymarker, to Guy Vine and Diana Tillett. Jeremy was educated at Lynton Preparatory School and Epsom Collegemarker and played the drums in a band called 'The Flared Generation'. At Durham Universitymarker (Hatfield Collegemarker) he graduated with a 2:2 degree in English. He has a penchant for sausage rolls, as stated on Metro Radio in 2004.

After a short stint on Metro Radio Vine went on to a journalism training course with the Coventry Evening Telegraph before joining the BBC in 1987.

BBC reporter

His career at the BBC included reading the news on radio in Northern Irelandmarker and working as a researcher on the BBC1 series Heart of the Matter. In 1989 he became a regular reporter on the BBC Radio 4 programme Today, filing reports from across Europe.

While working for Today he published two comic novels set amidst the modern Church of England: Forget Heaven, Just Kiss Me (1992) and The Whole World In My Hands (1993). The novels were not successful and Vine now regards them as juvenilia.

In the mid 1990s he became familiar to BBC TV viewers as a political reporter, reporting on the modernisation of the Labour Party and later making a mark with his irreverent reports on the 1997 General Election. He is known for his direct and what some regard as an abrasive interview style.

After the 1997 election he became Africa Correspondent based in Johannesburg, travelling all over Africa to report from the border war between Eritreamarker and Ethiopia, from Algiers as the Algerian elections took place, from Mali, Zambia, Zimbabwe (doing one of the BBC's last interviews with Robert Mugabe), Sudan (getting an interview in Khartoum with the leader of the America-hating Islamist regime), Angola (the war there), Lesotho (violence after South African troops went in), Kenya (elections), the Niger Delta (Nigerian villagers’ unrest over the work of the oil companies), and Sierra Leone.

He became a regular presenter of BBC Two's Newsnight in 1999, and was one of the original presenters of Broadcasting House on BBC Radio 4.

BBC Radio 2

After several stints as a stand-in for Jimmy Young on BBC Radio 2 in 2001-02, he took over the lunchtime show permanently in January 2004. Vine began to take telephone callers but sparingly; the programme is more a news show than a phone-in. The regular Thursday food slot was dropped, and the Monday health and Friday legal advice slots were revamped into, respectively, "The Health and Wellbeing Hour" (usually with either Dr Sarah Jarvis, or Rabbi Julia Neuberger) and "Your Money and Your Life" (with a variety of contributors, most frequently Martin Lewis).

Friday's shows frequently include a link-up to gardener Terry Walton at "The Official Jeremy Vine Show Allotment", and Lucy Berry was the show's in-house poet until October 2006.Vine's broadcasting style has been likened to the Daily Mail style of tabloid journalism in which a narrow range of subjects are repeatedly presented with the intention of exciting the audience and encouraging them to contact the program.

In 2005 Vine won the best speech broadcaster award at the Sony Radio Academy Awards.

BBC television presenter

Vine presented The Politics Show on BBC One from its launch in 2003, until Jon Sopel took over in 2005. From January 2007, Vine became the presenter of the BBC's flagship and the worlds oldest current affairs programme, Panorama, to coincide with the show's move back to a Monday peak-time slot. The move, from Sunday nights, was the idea of then BBC1 controller Peter Fincham and was widely regarded as a scheduling master-stroke.

Vine was announced as Peter Snow's replacement for presenting the BBC election graphics, including the famous Swingometer, from May 2006. His performance on the night of the council elections in England and Wales on 30 April 2008, was widely criticised.

In 2008, Vine started presenting Points of View, taking over from Terry Wogan, and the quiz show Eggheads, with his first broadcast being on 6 October 2008 on BBC Two. He is to alternate with previous presenter Dermot Murnaghan.

Personal life

Vine is married to BBC News presenter Rachel Schofield. The couple married in September 2002 in East Devonmarker, and have two daughters, Martha Rosamund (born March 2004) and Anna Charlotte (born December 2006).

A former punk, he is a fan of Elvis Costello whom he has seen thirteen times in concert. Vine is the patron of Radio St. Helier, a UK registered charity providing radio programmes to hospital patients at St. Helier Hospitalmarker in Surrey.

Vine is a practising Anglican. He has deplored the marginalisation of Christians in British society, saying that "You can't express views that were common currency 30 or 40 years ago".

References

  1. Family detective: Jeremy Vine 07 Dec 2007 Telegraph.co.uk
  2. http://www.birmingham-press-club.co.uk/Vine-flyer.pdf
  3. David Rowan: The Observer: Jeremy Vine profiled
  4. http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2006/jun/20/bbc.radio Jeremy Vine says sorry for spoof Radio 2 news/The Guardian
  5. Jeremy Vine's cowboy antics come under fire Daily Telegraph 2 May 2008
  6. BBC's election coverage under fire from viewers as cartoon theme flops Daily Mail 2 May 2008
  7. Jeremy Vine set to return to BBC2
  8. Why Jeremy Vine, as a new father, is terrified by the crisis on our maternity wards | the Daily Mail
  9. OFF THE TELLY: Reviews/2004/Jeremy Vine Meets
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  11. The Telegraph article


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