John Cole (journalist)
John Cole was educated at the Belfast Royal Academy and (externally) at the University of London. During his career as a print journalist, he worked at the Belfast Telegraph, The Guardian and The Observer, rising to become the deputy editor of in turn The Guardian and The Observer.
In 1981 he became political editor for the BBC, and became a familiar figure on television and radio. Cole was an astute observer of the political scene. He correctly forecast Margaret Thatcher's resignation as Prime Minister in 1990.
Since his retirement in 1992 he has written a number of books. His best selling political memoir, As It Seemed To Me, was published in 1995 and his first novel, A Clouded Peace, was published in 2001.
Eisenhower Fellowships selected John Cole in 1966 to represent Great Britain.
He is married to Madge and has four sons and nine grandchildren. Although a unionist from a Protestant background, Cole has always identified with the Labour Party. He is also a British Republican.
- "Memories of an 'undiluted Tory'". BBC News. 26 June 2003. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
- http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/donald-macintyre/a-few-flaws-dont-make-the-bbc-institutionally-biased-717791.html[dead link]
- Branigan, Tania (22 December 2003). "The ultimate honour - impressive list of those who refused to bow to the system". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
|Deputy Editor: The Guardian
1969 - 1975
|Deputy Editor: The Observer
1976 - 1981
|Political Editor: BBC News
1981 - 1992
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