Jeremy is one of only four presenters in the history of Panorama, the world’s oldest current affairs show. The others are David Dimbleby, Richard Dimbleby and Sir Robin Day.
He studied English Literature at Durham University, then in 1986 began his career as a trainee reporter at the Coventry Evening Telegraph, in the days of manual typewriters and hot metal presses, when the CET sold more copies than the Independent does now. After that he was a BBC news trainee, Today reporter (he was ambushed by rebels in Croatia and nearly died), political correspondent during the nineties, Africa correspondent based in Johannesburg, and Newsnight presenter ― the most frightening assignment of all, working alongside the legendary Paxman.
Jeremy now presents the graphics for all BBC election specials and was recently at the helm with David Dimbleby and Emily Maitlis for the 2015 General Election.
His autobiography It’s All News to Me tells the vivid story of 25 years at the BBC in his unmistakably lively and self-deprecating style. A review in the Daily Telegraph said:
“Jeremy Vine is the perfect diarist, because he is an exhibitionist who doesn’t mind looking stupid. So he has written a brilliant memoir detailing his adventures at the BBC, from political correspondent to the Today programme to number three at Newsnight to his present job on Radio 2. Vine is silly and joyful and he has written a silly and joyful book, which I adored.”
In 2015 Jeremy swapped the Swingometer for the Samba, as a hugely popular contestant on Strictly Come Dancing. An engaging Conference Host, whose years at the top of the broadcasting ladder make him a popular choice.