Hugh Sykes (journalist)

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Hugh Sykes
Occupation Journalist
Notable credit(s) PM

Hugh Sykes is a journalist employed by BBC News, specifically reporting for news programmes on BBC Radio 4. Sykes can regularly be heard reporting for PM, The World at One, Broadcasting House and The World This Weekend.


Sykes began his broadcast career at BBC Radio Oxford while studying in the town.[1] From there he went on to work for LBC from 1973-74. [2] After that he joined the BBC where he has continually worked since. Today was Sykes' first break into the national media. He worked as a reporter and occasionally presenter along with Brian Redhead and John Timpson. In 1987 Sykes moved to the PM Programme as a presenter. In 1993 he moved back from presenting to reporting for PM and its sister programmes.


Over the course of his career, Sykes has reported from many countries across the world. Whilst working for Today he worked on a US Presidential election and covered the miners' strike. In recent times Sykes has particularly focussed on reporting from the Middle East including the Iraq war.


In 2004 and 2005, Sykes was awarded the Gold and Silver Sony Radio Academy awards as Journalist of the Year.