The presenter and media owner accepts the saying about Scotsmen and rays of sunshine. In 2017 he brings a wry humour to the French and German elections – and turns the 188-year old Spectator into a cutting edge digital business. After dinner Andrew sheds light on the backstairs deals.
Andrew Neil is a publisher, writer, businessman and broadcaster. He is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Press Holdings, owner of The Spectator and various titles around the world. On-screen he presents the BBC’s This Week, Sunday Politics, and Daily Politics; off-screen he is Chairman of ITP, the large, Dubai-based magazine publisher, and Chairman and co-owner of World Media Rights, an international factual television producer.
Starting out working in local journalism Andrew then became an advisor to the Secretary of State for the Environment in Edward Heath’s Government. He then joined The Economist, initially reporting from the US covering Washington and New York, where he also started reporting for broadcast media.
Andrew returned to the UK as British Editor of The Economist before becoming Editor of The Sunday Times. At the same time, he was appointed Executive Chairman of Sky Television, overseeing the satellite broadcaster’s launch which would revolutionise the UK media landscape. He also served as Executive Editor at Fox Television News in the US, and later published Full Disclosure, an autobiography of his time in the Murdoch organisation.
A respected, versatile broadcaster and opinion leader, Andrew is at the forefront of international media, business and political commentary. He covers events in Westminster and the broader UK political scene on both Daily Politics and Sunday Politics, and looks abroad with Politics Europe on BBC2 and BBC World. He also brings a dry wit and incisive take on politics and politicians on This Week.
Andrew has reported for programmes as diverse as Tomorrow’s World and Radio 4’s Today programme. He was a member of the International Advisory Board of Al Jazeera and Publisher of The Scotsman Group of newspapers for 10 years.
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Andrew's knowledge of business and politics is encyclopaedic. He not only ‘gets’ speaking briefs, he’s also extremely useful to have onside. And he runs a very tight ship as a moderator, lightening the mood whenever he finds the opportunity. The result is that Andrew’s sessions become the creative spaces they’re meant to be – a million miles from Death by PowerPoint. JLA Agent Jeremy Frewer
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