Hugh Pym

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Hugh Pym (born 1959) is a British journalist and author.

Early life and education[edit]

Hugh Pym was educated at Marlborough College, followed by Christ Church, Oxford, graduating with a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics in 1981. He went on to receive an MA in Broadcast Journalism from Falmouth University.[1] where he was awarded a Fellowship.

Life and career[edit]

A financial and political journalist Pym has been one of the leading commentators on the banking crisis and the UK economic recession. He now works for the BBC. Pym was a BBC radio journalist from 1986 to 1987, then producer of Business Daily at Channel 4, 1987–1988, correspondent with ITN, 1988–1998, and a freelance broadcaster with Sky Television in 1999-2000. He was a BBC special correspondent covering Economics until 2008, when he took on the role of acting Economics Editor during the maternity leave of Stephanie Flanders. Following her return, he became the BBC's Chief Economics Correspondent, a newly created role. When she left the BBC in late 2013 he took over again as Acting Editor. In March 2014 he was appointed as Health Editor.

Pym has published four books: What Happened? And Other Questions About the Credit Crunch (co-author with Nick Kochan), A Study Of Gordon Brown's First Year in Office as Chancellor of the Exchequer (also co-written with Nick Kochan). In the 2001 General election Pym stood as Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate in the North Wiltshire constituency. His latest book is Inside the Banking Crisis (published by Bloomsbury 2014).

Hugh Pym is married with three children and is an Elder in the Church of Scotland.



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Media offices
Preceded by
Stephanie Flanders
Acting Economics editor of BBC News
2013 - 2014
Succeeded by
Robert Peston
Preceded by
New Position
Health Editor: BBC News
2014 -
Succeeded by