Jeremy is one the most accomplished presenters in the country, on both television and radio. He presents the incredibly popular Jeremy Vine Show at lunchtimes on Radio 2, taking over the slot from Jimmy Young in 2003.
He was educated at Lynton Preparatory School in Ewell and Epsom College and played the drums in a band called The Flared Generation. At Durham University (Hatfield College), he graduated with a 2:2 undergraduate degree in English.
After a short stint on Metro Radio, Jeremy Vine enrolled in a journalism training course with the Coventry Evening Telegraph, before joining the BBC in 1987.
Vine’s career at the BBC included reading the news on radio in Northern Ireland 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.
In the mid-1990s, Vine became familiar with BBC TV viewers as a political reporter, reporting on the modernisation of the Labour Party. He later made his mark offering irreverent reports on the 1997 General Election.
After the 1997 election, Vine became the Africa Correspondent based in Johannesburg, travelling all over Africa. Reporting assignments took him to the war front to report on the Eritrean–Ethiopian War, the Angolan Civil War, the violence in Lesotho after South African troops went in and hoisted a South African flag over the Royal Palace, following leadership disputes.
Vine presented The Politics Show on BBC One from its launch in 2003, until Jon Sopel took over in 2005. The following year Vine was announced as Peter Snow’s replacement for presenting the BBC election graphics.
In January 2007, Vine became the presenter of the BBC’s flagship and the world’s oldest current affairs programme, Panorama, which coincided with the show’s move back to a Monday peak-time slot.
In 2008, Vine started presenting Points of View, taking over from Terry Wogan. On 6 October 2008, he started hosting the BBC 2 quiz show Eggheads in which he presented while the spin-off show, Are You an Egghead?.
He was named Speech Broadcaster of the Year in the 2011 Sony Awards. His 2010 election interview with Gordon Brown, where the Prime Minister put his head in his hands as he was played the recording of him calling a voter a bigot, won Jeremy the Sony Award for Interview of the Year.
Vine is the patron of Radio St. Helier, a UK registered charity providing radio programmes to patients at St. Helier Hospital in Surrey.
Jeremy is one of the most respected figures in broadcasting history, he is a great events host and an entertaining after-dinner speaker.