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The Newstalk Business Editor is one of few journalists with everyday experience of business life having run a chain of restaurants in Germany before he moved into journalism. With almost 20 years at the BBC, Joe has covered everything from the financial crisis and the political fallout from the EU referendum to the spread of disinformation across media platforms and the social impact of phone fraud. He also presents The Newsroom and hosts a number of business podcasts.
Joe Lynam served as a BBC Business Correspondent for over 15 years, regularly reporting for various news programmes across the network including Today, BBC One Breakfast and the BBC News Channel. He is the Business Editor for Irish radio station Newstalk and presents The Newsroom on Radio 4 and the World Service.
Prior to his business brief, Joe was based in Brussels covering events in Europe from detailed policy issues to the shifts in power amongst member states and public opinion. Before becoming a journalist, Joe ran his own business, a chain of pubs and restaurants in Germany. As a result, and unusually for a business correspondent, he has first-hand experience of hiring, firing, growth, credit and the everyday life of a business.
Combining his European and business briefs, Joe travelled across Europe for Newsnight examining the effects of the Eurozone crisis in countries including Ireland, Spain, Belgium, Cyrpus and Italy. He’s also covered key events including the G20 plans to tackle the financial crisis, IMF and EU negotiations over national bailout funds, and the mis-selling of investments. As well as taking the lead on business across the BBC at weekends, Joe has presented business bulletins on Radio 4’s Today programme, combining the big economic and business news with an understanding of policy, consumer and personal finance issues. His career has also seen him cover everything from the Eurozone crisis to the spread of disinformation on social media. He can also be heard on podcasts including BBC's Global News, Connected Investor, London Calling EU and Eunicast: Meet Visionary Europeans.
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