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Last Updated: Wednesday, 11 February, 2004, 08:26 GMT
Jeremy Vine
Jeremy Vine
Presenter, the Politics Show

Jeremy Vine has presented the Politics Show since its launch at the start of 2003.

At the same time he also took over the news and music slot Jimmy Young had occupied on BBC Radio 2 for 29 years, opening the new programme by playing Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen.

Jeremy joined the BBC in 1987 as a News Trainee-coincidentally, on the day John Birt arrived.

He stood in for Brian Redhead on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on several occasions, presented BBC Radio 4's PM and The Moral Maze and fronted daytime programmes on BBC Five Live, including the morning phone-in and the afternoon show.

He also had his own weekly programme on BBC Five Live called Newstalk.

In 1993 Jeremy was appointed political correspondent based at Millbank.

He covered the Labour transformation and the Tory meltdown.

In 1997 he became Africa correspondent and was based in Johannesburg.

During this time he reported from numerous countries and conflicts, including the border war between Eritrea and Ethiopia, from Algiers during the Algerian elections, Zimbabwe where he interviewed Robert Mugabe and Sudan and Sierra Leone.

The report he is proudest of was his exclusive for Newsnight in April 1999 on South African police brutality.

The film won the Silver Nymph at Monte Carlo, and resulted in the suspension of 22 officers.

Jeremy joined Newsnight full-time as a presenter in 1999, working alongside Jeremy Paxman and Kirsty Wark.

During the 2001 election he travelled the length of Britain in a 1976 Volkswagen camper van sprayed with the programme logo.

Newsnight won Best News Programme from the Royal Television Society for 2001-2002.

Jeremy was born in Epsom in May 1965.

He attended Epsom College and Durham University where he studied English and presented on Metro Radio in the middle of the night.

His career in journalism started with a traineeship with the Coventry Evening Telegraph.

He supports Chelsea Football Club, avidly, and is married to Rachel.


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