Simon David Hoggart (born 26 May 1946) is an English journalist and broadcaster. He writes on politics for The Guardian, and on wine for The Spectator. Until 2006 he presented The News Quiz on Radio 4. His journalist sketches have been published in a series of books.
Simon Hoggart was born on 26 May 1946 in Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, and educated at Hymers College in Hull, Wyggeston Boys' School in Leicester, and then King's College, Cambridge. He is the son of the sociologist Richard Hoggart and Mary Holt Hoggart. His brother is The Times television critic Paul Hoggart. He lives in South London with his wife, Alyson, a clinical psychologist, and their two children, Amy and Richard.
Hoggart joined The Guardian in 1968, later becoming the American correspondent for The Observer, and occasional guest commentator on National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Saturday. Hoggart then became the parliamentary sketch writer for The Guardian in 1993. He also writes a wine column for The Spectator.
In the early 1980s he chaired the radio comedy show The News Quiz, returning to the show in 1996 for another ten years. In March 2006, Hoggart presented his last edition of The News Quiz commenting: "I'm getting a bit clapped out and jaded, and I think that's beginning to show."
In 1998 he was part of BBC Radio 4's 5-part political satire programme Cartoons, Lampoons, and Buffoons. He was also a contributor to the Grumpy Old Men and in the past has written for Punch magazine and an occasional column for New Humanist magazine (last entry May 2005). Hoggart was also an occasional celebrity panelist on BBC2's antiques quiz show Going, Going, Gone.
His published books to date form an eclectic list, including debunking the supernatural, anecdotes about Parliament, a biography, his thoughts about the United States, a serious political review, and collected Christmas round-robin letters. He has coined the phrase "the law of the ridiculous reverse", "which states that if the opposite of a statement is plainly absurd, it was not worth making in the first place".
When speculation appeared in the News of the World in December 2004 suggesting he was the "third man" in the Kimberly Quinn affair, Hoggart initially denied any involvement before issuing a statement admitting that he had an affair with Quinn before her marriage (though not before his). The political sex scandal involving Quinn contributed to the resignation of David Blunkett from the Cabinet.
- Simon Hoggart, Send Up the Clowns, Guardian Books (17 October 2011) ISBN 978-0-85265-243-5
- Simon Hoggart, A Long Lunch: My Stories and I'm Sticking to Them John Murray (14 October 2010) ISBN 978-1-84854-397-3
- Simon Hoggart, Life's Too Short to Drink Bad Wine Quadrille Publishing Ltd (18 September 2009) ISBN 978-1-84400-742-4
- Simon Hoggart, The Hands of History: Parliamentary Sketches 1997-2007 (2007) ISBN 1-84354-679-5
- Simon Hoggart and Emily Monk, Don't Tell Mum: Hair-raising Messages Home from Gap-year Travellers by Atlantic Books (27 December 2006) ISBN 978-1-84354-539-2
- Simon Hoggart, The Hamster That Loved Puccini: The Seven Modern Sins of Christmas Round-Robin Letters (2005) ISBN 1-84354-474-1
- Simon Hoggart, The Cat That Could Open the Fridge: A Curmudgeon's Guide to Christmas Round-Robin Letters (2004) ISBN 1-84354-357-5
- Simon Hoggart, Punchlines: A Crash Course in English with John Prescott (2003) ISBN 0-7434-8397-9, on Prescottese language
- Simon Hoggart, Playing to the Gallery: Parliamentary Sketches from Blair Year Zero (2002) ISBN 1-903809-66-5, parliamentary sketches
- Simon Hoggart and Steve Bell, Live Briefs: A Political Sketch Book (1996) ISBN 0-413-70970-1, parliamentary sketches, with the Guardian political cartoonist
- Simon Hoggart, House of Correction (1995) ISBN 0-86051-998-8, parliamentary sketches
- Simon Hoggart and Mike Hutchinson, Bizarre Beliefs (1995) ISBN 1-86066-021-5, on "the human desire to believe the unbelievable"
- Simon Hoggart, America: A User's Guide (1991) ISBN 0-00-637602-9, on his experiences living in the United States
- Simon Hoggart (editor), House of Cards: A Selection of Modern Political Humour (1988) ISBN 0-241-12451-4
- Simon Hoggart, House of Ill Fame (1985) ISBN 0-86051-350-5, parliamentary sketches
- Simon Hoggart, Back On the House (1982) ISBN 0-330-28148-8, parliamentary sketches
- Simon Hoggart, On the House: The Personalities and the Politics From the Irreverent "Punch" Column (1981) ISBN 0-330-26883-X, parliamentary sketches
- Simon Hoggart and David Leigh, Michael Foot: A Portrait (1981) ISBN 0-340-27600-2, biography of politician Michael Foot
- Simon Hoggart and Alistair Michie,The Pact: The Inside Story of the Lib-Lab Government, 1977-8 (1978) ISBN 0-7043-3236-1
- Bryan McAllister and Simon Hoggart, Little Boxes: A Selection of Bryan McAllister Cartoons From "The Guardian" (1977) ISBN 0-85265-024-8
- The News Quiz: The First 25 Years (BBC Radio Collection) (2003) ISBN 0-563-49402-6
- Simon Hoggart's Pick of "The News Quiz": Vol 2 (2002) ISBN 0-563-52923-7
- Simon Hoggart's Pick of "The News Quiz": Vol 1 (2000) ISBN 0-563-47762-8
- "Simon Hoggart". London: guardian.co.uk. 2007-10-03. Retrieved 2008-07-04.
- "People Associated with Ashton under Lyne". www.ashton-under-lyne.com. Retrieved 2008-07-04.
- "The Hands of History: Parliamentary Sketches 1997-2007 - Kingston Readers' Festival 2008 - Kingston University London". www.kingston.ac.uk. Retrieved 2008-07-04.[dead link]
- "Simon Hoggart steps aside from The News Quiz" (Press release). BBC. 2006-01-30. Retrieved 2007-01-03.
- "Cartoons, Lampoons And Buffoons". Radio Listings. Retrieved 2009-03-04.
- "Third man confesses in the Quinn affair - Telegraph". London: telegraph.co.uk. 2004-12-20. Retrieved 2008-06-12.
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