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15:10 GMT, Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Paul Kenyon

In 1987, having completed studies in politics and economics, Paul Kenyon began his working life as a research assistant for Simon Hughes, the MP for Southwark and Bermondsey.

After a year Paul switched to journalism, first working as a trainee reporter for a radio station in Hull, a job which he says involved rushing around East Yorkshire, with a suitcase-sized phone, filing reports on local politicians.

On one occasion Paul confronted John Prescott about a thorny local issue only to be promptly wrestled off the train by the future deputy prime minister - though it should be emphasised that the train was not moving at the time.

Paul Kenyon

Paul moved on to become a reporter at Manchester's Piccadilly Radio and then a deputy editor at Red Rose Radio in Preston, before clinching his first job at the BBC, at the local radio station for London, GLR.

At GLR, amongst other things, Paul was a producer for outspoken chat show host James Whale. Once a listener called in to say he had set fire to James' house, prompting him to run out of the studio on air, leaving Paul to take over. The call turned out to be a hoax.

Then came more serious stuff as Paul began work as a political reporter for BBC radio, then a home affairs correspondent for BBC South and eventually a correspondent on the BBC's main daily bulletins - the One, Six and Nine O'clock News.

It was around this time that Paul made a series of documentaries called Raising the Roof - which used secret filming, doorsteps and more traditional investigative techniques to reveal corruption in the housing industry.

Paul Kenyon

In 2000, he was given his own BBC One series, Kenyon Confronts, a programme which hit the headlines in its very first run when Paul stopped a wedding ceremony halfway through to expose it as bogus.

Over four years Kenyon Confronts reported on issues as diverse as corruption in horseracing, child abuse among Catholic priests in the UK, and Paul even faked his own death in Haiti for a programme on life insurance fraud.

Paul later began specialising in foreign investigations for BBC Two's This World. He was the first journalist to film Iran's secret nuclear bases - he was detained for two days in the process, but had already managed to smuggle the tapes out.

The following year in India he exposed the role of Western pharmaceutical companies in using the poor and illiterate as human guinea pigs to test drugs - without their knowledge.

He made his first Panorama in May 1999, something he says he had dreamed of since the age of 18.

Paul Kenyon

For Panorama, Paul has reported on how clothing companies Gap and Nike were breaking their own anti-sweatshop rules in Cambodia and followed one of the most dangerous routes which illegal immigrants take into Europe in the hope of a better life.

In 2006, his investigation into a Bristol bail hostel revealed that serious criminals were not being properly monitored after release. The programme included undercover filming of a convicted paedophile and child-killer befriending children while at the unit.

The Bail Hostel Scandal won the Royal Television Society's Current Affairs Home award for that year and was described by the judges as: "A timely investigation of a nationally important subject, which proved to be one of the stand out pieces of current affairs of the year."

Recently, Paul returned the sport of kings, revealing practices which mean that ordinary punters laying a horseracing bet sometimes never have a chance of winning and, with the credit crunch biting, has reported on the tough tactics lenders are using to get their money back and why some people are refusing to pay.

Paul is a regular contributor to Five Live. He also writes for newspapers and has recently completed a book entitled I am Justice, which follows the story of Justice Amin, a Ghanaian man whom Paul befriended, as he makes a perilous journey from Africa to Britain with the assistance of Libyan people smugglers.




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