Jon Sopel Bio | Wiki
Jon Sopel ( Full name: Jonathan B. Sopel) is a British journalist and television presenter. He served as a correspondent for BBC News until February 2022 when he left the network to launch his own podcast and work for LBC. Formerly, Jon served as a presenter on the Politics Show on BBC One as well as the BBC News channel the North America editor for BBC, as well as the chief political correspondent for the domestic news channel BBC News.
In addition, Jon served as the main presenter on Global, on BBC World News from 2013 to 2014. It was announced in October 2012, that Jon would present the new program called Global with Jon Sopel broadcasting on BBC World News from 15:00 to 16:30 GMT every Monday to Thursday. Jon had a rare interview in January 2014 with the Emir of Dubai called Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
He was appointed the BBC’s North America editor at the end of the following April after his predecessor called Mark Mardell became a presenter for BBC Radio 4. BuzzFeed News revealed in 2019 that Jon gave a paid confidential speech to the maker of Marlboro cigarettes, Philip Morris International at a staff conference in Miami. British lung cancer charities criticized the action.
Jon Sopel Age
He was born on May 22, 1959, in London, England. Jon is 62 years old.
Jon Sopel Height
He is a man of average stature. Jon stands at a height of 5 ft 8 in ( Approx 1.73m).
Jon Sopel Family
He was born and raised by his parents Myer and Miriam Sopel in London, England. Jon comes from a Jewish family which moved from Stepney to north London when he was only 11 years old.
Jon Sopel Wife
He is married to Linda Twissell. The two met each other while working at Radio Solent. The duo has two children, a son, and a daughter. Jon l broke his hip on October 20, 2010, after crashing his motor scooter by skidding on fallen leaves as he was traveling to Westminster. He did not realize the extent of his injury until he had completed his journey and realized that he subsequently needed surgery. The 2007 edition of Who’s Who listed Jon’s hobbies as golf, travel, and also watching football. The journalist supports Tottenham Hotspur F.C.
Jon Sopel Education
He attended t Christ’s College, Finchley. Later, Jon transferred to Southampton University where he graduated with a 2:1 honors degree in politics. In 1982 and 1983, Jon served as the president of the Students’ Union, for the National Organisation of Labour Students.
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Jon announced his departure as North American editor on October 19, 2021, stating that he was taking a “long break” to write a book. His successor was announced as Sarah Smith on November 16, 2021. Jon announced on February 22, 2022, that he would be leaving the BBC. He decided to leave the network following an exclusive signing with LBC to launch a new podcast and joint radio show with his fellow presenter Emily Maitlis.
Jon Sopel And Emily Maitlis Podcast | Podcast
He started presenting the BBC podcast Americast in 2020 alongside chief North America reporter Anthony Zurcher and Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis. Originally, the podcast focused on the 2020 election, containing analysis and an array of interviews from across the political scene.
The podcast received positive reviews and also performed well on the iTunes chart. At times, the podcast became the UK’s most listened-to podcast of any genre. Originally, the series was meant to end after the 2020 election. However, it has continued because of its popularity. Currently, an edited version of the podcast airs on BBC Radio 4.
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He served as a freelance writer as well as a broadcaster prior to joining the BBC in 1983. At BBC, Jon served as a reporter and producer for BBC Radio Solent. He later became the chief political correspondent for BBC News 24. From thee, Jon spent three years serving as the BBC’s Paris correspondent. While in Paris, Jon covered numerous stories including the Concorde crash in July 2000, the French ban on the importation of British beef, the French presidency of the EU in 2000, the oil spill in Brittany, and the millennium celebrations in Paris.
Jon was the BBC’s correspondent in Kuwait City during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He became part of The Politics Show on BBC One in 2005 taking over from Jeremy Vine as the program’s main presenter. The program aired every Sunday at noon where he interviewed key politicians and advisers such as US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Gordon Brown, Jack Straw, opposition leader David Cameron, and Prime Minister Tony Blair.
The last episode of the show was aired in December 2011 and Sunday Politics took over the slot in January 2012. Apart from that, Jon co-presented the BBC News channel alongside Louise Minchin each Tuesday to Thursday afternoons between 2 pm and 5 pm. He also did the same alongside Emily Maitlis on Mondays after he was appointed as a presenter on the channel in 2003. Jon reported on location for the BBC News Channel as well as BBC News at One during major political stories, such as elections.
Also, the journalist appeared on BBC One news bulletins occasionally as a relief anchor. Jon has appeared on BBC News at Ten, BBC News at Six, BBC News at One, Breakfast News, and PM on Radio Four in his 16 years with the BBC. In addition, the journalist has appeared in fronting BBC Two’s annual coverage of the UK political party conferences, Conference Live. Jon has been an occasional stand-in presenter for Newsnight and has also made past appearances on The Daily Politics, Breakfast, and HARDtalk.
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– Tony Blair: The Moderniser. Michael Joseph. Published in 1995.
– If Only They Didn’t Speak English: Notes from Trump’s America. BBC Books. Published in 2017.
– A Year At The Circus: Inside Trump’s White House. BBC Books. Published in 2019.
– UnPresidented: Politics, pandemics, and the race that Trumped all others. BBC Books. Published in 2021.
Jon Sopel A Year At The Circus | Circus
In 2019, Jon published a book titled A Year At The Circus: Inside Trump’s White House. BBC Books.
Jon Sopel If Only
In 2017, Jon published a book titled – If Only They Didn’t Speak English: Notes from Trump’s America. BBC Books
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Jon Sopel Salary
He earns an average salary of $74,395 per year from his current job.
Jon Sopel Net Worth
He is a British journalist and television presenter who has accumulated an estimated net worth of $1,496,983 over the years as a journalist.
Where Is Jon Sopel Now
Jon and Emily Maitlis ( BBC journalist) announced that they are leaving the network to launch a new podcast and host a radio show together on LBC. Maitlis ( Newsnight’s) and Jon ( outgoing North America editor ) have both signed a deal with LBC’s parent company Global.
Is Jon Sopel Leaving The Bbc
Jon announced on February 22, 2022, that he would be leaving the BBC. He decided to leave the network following an exclusive signing with LBC to launch a new podcast and joint radio show with his fellow presenter Emily Maitlis.