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Vine presenting at the 2008 Radio Festival
|Born||Jeremy Guy Vine|
17 May 1965
Epsom, Surrey, England
|Known for||Journalist and TV & Radio presenter|
|Television||Points of View (2008-18) |
Make Me an Egghead
Strictly Come Dancing (2015, 2017 Special)
The Politics Show
Jeremy Vine (2018-present)
|Spouse(s)||Janelle Muntz (1992–2000; divorced)|
Rachel Schofield (m. 2002)
|Relatives||Tim Vine (brother)|
Jeremy Guy Vine (born 17 May 1965) is a British presenter, broadcaster and journalist. He is best known as the host of his own BBC Radio 2 programme which presents news, views, interviews with live guests and popular music. He is known for his direct interview style, and exclusive reporting from war-torn areas throughout Africa.
Vine is also the host of the BBC long-running quiz show Eggheads, taking over from former host Dermot Murnaghan full-time in 2014. Since September 2018 he has presented his own Channel 5 daily current affairs show called Jeremy Vine. In, 2015 he was a contestant in the 13th series of Strictly Come Dancing.
Jeremy Vine was born in Cheam in Surrey. He is the elder son of Guy Vine (d. 2018), lecturer in civil engineering at North East Surrey College of Technology, and Diana (née Tillett), who was a housewife and sometime doctor's receptionist. His younger brother is the comedian Tim Vine; they have a sister, Sonya.
Vine was educated at Lynton Preparatory School in Ewell, then Aberdour School in Burgh Heath, and then Epsom College. He played the drums in a band called The Flared Generation, which was described as "the most unfashionable punk band in the country" by Smash Hits magazine. At Durham University (Hatfield College), he graduated with a 2:2 undergraduate degree in English.
A former punk, he is a fan of Elvis Costello, whom he has seen 13 times in concert. According to an interview he gave in March 2015 on his Radio 2 show, his favourite song is Whole Lotta Rosie by AC/DC. Vine is the patron of Radio St. Helier, a UK registered charity providing radio programmes to patients at St. Helier Hospital in southwest London.
Vine is a practising Anglican. He has deplored the marginalisation of Christians in British society, saying that "You can't express views that were common currency 30 or 40 years ago".
He was named Speech Broadcaster of the Year in the 2011 Sony Awards. (He won the same award in 2005.) His 2010 election interview with Gordon Brown, where the Prime Minister put his head in his hands as he was played the recording of him calling a voter a bigot, won Vine the Sony Award for Interview of the Year.
Vine's career at the BBC included reading the news on radio in Northern Ireland and working as a researcher on the BBC1 series Heart of the Matter. In 1989, he became a regular reporter on the BBC Radio 4 programme Today, filing reports from across Europe.
While working for Today, he published two comic novels set amidst the modern Church of England, including Forget Heaven, Just Kiss Me (1992) and The Whole World in My Hands (1993). The novels were not successful and Vine now regards them as juvenilia.
In the mid-1990s, Vine became familiar with BBC TV viewers as a political reporter, reporting on the modernisation of the Labour Party. He later made his mark offering irreverent reports on the 1997 General Election.
After the 1997 election, Vine became the Africa Correspondent based in Johannesburg, travelling all over Africa. Reporting assignments took him to the war front to report on the Eritrean–Ethiopian War, the Angolan Civil War, the violence in Lesotho after South African troops went in and hoisted a South African flag over the Royal Palace, following leadership disputes. He also travelled to Algiers and Kenya, to report during political elections.
Vine was successful in gaining interviews with key leaders in various African nations. Two of these included Robert Mugabe, former President of Zimbabwe; and the leader of the Islamist regime in Khartoum, Sudan. Other areas of Africa from which he has reported include Mali, Zambia, Sierra Leone and the Niger Delta, to report on the Nigerian villagers' unrest over the work of the oil companies.
In April 1999, Vine presented an exclusive report on South African police brutality for BBC Two's Newsnight. The film won the Silver Nymph at the Monte Carlo Television Festival, and resulted in the suspension of 22 police officers. Following this report, Vine joined Newsnight full-time as a presenter. He was one of the original presenters of Broadcasting House on BBC Radio 4.
In May 2006, Vine was announced as Peter Snow's replacement for presenting the BBC election graphics, including the famous Swingometer. His performance on the night of the council elections in England and Wales on 30 April 2008, was widely criticised.
Between 2007 and 2010 Vine was the presenter of the BBC's flagship and the world's oldest current affairs programme, Panorama, which coincided with the show's move back to a Monday peak-time slot.
From 2008 to 2018 Vine presented Points of View, taking over from Terry Wogan. On 6 October 2008, he started hosting the BBC Two quiz show Eggheads while the spin-off show, Are You an Egghead?, was presented by the regular host, Dermot Murnaghan. Once the spin-off show had finished, Vine continued to host the second half of each series, with Murnaghan hosting the first half. In Series 16, it was announced that Vine had become the sole presenter. As of 2014, Vine also hosted the spin-off series Revenge of the Egghead. The series ran for a 6-week period, between 24 February and 4 April 2014.
In September 2018, Vine replaced Matthew Wright as the presenter of Channel 5's weekday morning current affairs show, formerly called The Wright Stuff. The show's name has now changed to Jeremy Vine. Vine has said that he will continue to present his Radio 2 programme.
In January 2003, after several stints as a stand-in for Jimmy Young on BBC Radio 2 Vine took over the weekday lunchtime show on a regular basis. The show consists of a mix of news-based discussions including views from listeners, interspersed with popular music. After Vine took over the hosting duties, the show was revamped. While the regular Thursday food slot was dropped, the Monday health and Friday legal advice slots were retooled.
Monday's The Health and Wellbeing Hour includes either Dr Sarah Jarvis or Rabbi Julia Neuberger, while Friday's Your Money and Your Life, involves a variety of contributors, most frequently Martin Lewis. Friday's shows frequently include a link-up to gardener Terry Walton. Until October 2006, Lucy Berry served as the show's in-house poet.
In 1993 he wrote his first novel, Forget Heaven, Just Kiss Me followed by The Whole World in My Hands. Both books had Christian themes and were published by Hodder Christian Paperbacks. In 2015 Vine published his autobiography, It's All News to Me followed in September 2017 with What I Learnt: What My Listeners Say – and Why We Should Take Notice.
Strictly Come Dancing
On 10 August 2015, Vine was the first celebrity to be announced as taking part in the thirteenth series of the popular BBC One competition Strictly Come Dancing . Vine was partnered with professional, Karen Clifton. On the fourth week of the contest, after Vine danced a jive to Bobby Darin’s "Splish Splash", Bruno Tonioli described him as a "Peculiar, off-the-wall artist like Tracey Emin", and Craig Revel Horwood compared him to "a stork that had been struck by lightning."
It was revealed on 4 February 2015 that Vine received a five-figure sum for a post-dinner speech at a £250-a-head banquet organised by ADS Group, the trade organisation that represents defence and security industries in the UK, and attended by global arms manufacturers. Campaign Against Arms Trade lodged a formal complaint with the BBC, claiming a conflict for the organisation appearing to support an industry which "profits from dictatorships which silence and suppress debate". This prompted a BBC response saying: "Jeremy is a freelance presenter and so can make personal appearances without speaking on behalf of the BBC, as he did here."
In January 2018 Vine was one of six male BBC presenters who voluntarily took a pay cut when the gap between men and women's pay at the BBC was revealed.
Vine was married to an American banker, Janelle, for seven years, which ended in 2000. Vine stated that it was very sad, but their jobs and travel meant they had seen very little of each other in three years. He is now married to Rachel Schofield, a journalist and news presenter. They have two daughters.
Vine is a Christian and attends an Anglican church.
In August 2016, a car driver threatened and was abusive to Vine while he was cycling along Hornton Street in Kensington, London. Vine captured the encounter on his helmet camera, later broadcasting it on YouTube where it was viewed several million times. Vine also reported it to the police. On 18 April 2017 the car driver was jailed for nine months for threatening behaviour.
Vine's father, Guy Vine, passed away in August 2018.
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