Joe Lynam

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Joe Lynam
Born Joe Bernard Lynam
Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Occupation Journalist, radio and tv presenter
Employer BBC
Known for BBC Business Journalist, BBC News
recorded June 2013

Joe Lynam is an Irish journalist working for the BBC in the United Kingdom.[1]

Lynam is a business correspondent. He also presents sometimes on the BBC's flagship Today Programme – covering for Simon Jack. Between 2011 and 2013, he was the business correspondent with Newsnight[2]'.


During the height of the European debt crisis 2011-2012, Joe Lynam was business correspondent with Newsnight and travelled to Cyprus, Spain, Belgium, Italy and Ireland to cover the sense of fear in many Eurozone countries.[3]

Between 2008–2012, Joe Lynam was the BBC's Weekend Business Correspondent covering economic, business, company, financial and personal finance news on the main BBC One bulletins as well as BBC News, BBC World News, BBC Radio 4,[4] BBC Five Live and the BBC World Service.[1]

He was also relief Business Presenter on BBC News and BBC Breakfast.[5]


Lynam studied International Commerce at University College Dublin (UCD) in Dublin.[6]

Broadcasting career[edit]

Before becoming a journalist, Lynam ran a chain of pubs in Germany in the 1990s and speaks fluent German.[7]

Lynam broke the story in August 2006 when a planned terror plot involving a liquid bomb on a UK plane was unearthed.[8]

At the key G20 crisis summit in London in April 2009, Lynam was the first broadcast journalist to reveal live on BBC News with Emily Maitlis that the total amount of money pledged to fix the financial system was going to be $1.1trillion[9]

Lynam is widely credited with breaking the news that Ireland was in talks with the IMF and EU to get a bailout loan in November 2010.[10] Although this was initially denied by the Irish government, it was proven to be true.

In March 2012, Lynam broke the story that the UK Government was in serious talks with Abu Dhabi with the view to selling it a substantial stake in RBS.[11] This story led to a RBS share prices jumping 5% the following day

In September 2012, Lynam broadcast a report on Newsnight about alleged mis-selling by several UK based investment banks in Italy and how the UK regulator, the FSA, was made aware of it but failed to act.[12]

Birth in a car[edit]

Joe Lynam's second son was born in the front seat of his car on the way to the hospital.[13]

He admitted that he "broke every red light" in an effort to get Estonian girlfriend Riina Luik to hospital in time. But he was not fast enough – and the little boy Seán was born in his Vauxhall Astra estate on 21 June 2013.

The story was widely covered in many media outlets including the Daily Mail,[14] Daily Telegraph[15] and the BBC's in house magazine Ariel.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Lynam lives in West London with his Estonian partner Riina.[17] They have two sons.

Joe is a cousin of the renowned BBC and ITV presenter Des Lynam

His father (also Joe Lynam) died in 2010. Joe senior had been RTÉ's show jumping correspondent in the 1980s.[18]

Joe's mother, Christina Lynam, runs a charity Cara Malawi to which he regularly contributes.[19]

In 2010, Lynam helped raise money for the Chiltern Centre for disabled children in Greys Road, Henley-on-Thames, and Power International in High Wycombe.[20]

Lynam chaired a debate for the London Irish Business Society on the future of the Eurozone,[21] again benefiting Cara Malawi.[19]


  1. ^ a b "Hinkley Point nuclear plant to get final approval". Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  2. ^ jblynam (22 October 2011). "Eurozone crisis BBC Newsnight's Joe Lynam. It's all about France, Germany & Tintin". YouTube. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Scottish independence: Icelandic view on referendum". Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  5. ^ jblynam. "Japanese Yen and G7 action Susanna Red and Joe Lynam on Breakfast TV". YouTube. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "UCD Quinn School of Business: Meet Our Alumni". Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "UCD Connections Alumni Magazine". 24 August 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Press Office – BBC clears schedules for terror plot coverage". BBC. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Joe Lynam scoop at the G20 summit in London $1.1 trillion aid package". YouTube. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Cowen fury at BBC 'when not whether' bailout claim". 14 November 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  11. ^ Lynam, Joe (26 March 2012). "BBC News – UK in talks to sell part of RBS stake to Abu Dhabi". Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  12. ^ Lynam, Joe (11 September 2012). "UK-based banks accused of massive mis-selling in Italy". BBC News. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "Dream draw for one couple". Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  14. ^ Suzannah Hills (21 June 2013). "BBC Newsnight journalist's hospital dash ends with his girlfriend giving birth in the front seat of their Vauxhall Astra | Mail Online". Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  15. ^ Dixon, Hayley (21 June 2013). "BBC business reporter's son born in a Vauxhall Astra". Telegraph. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  16. ^ "Ariel – Business reporter Joe Lynam's son born in car". 21 June 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  17. ^ "Dream draw for one couple". Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  18. ^ "Joe Lynam passes away – RTÉ Sport". 22 December 2010. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  19. ^ a b "Cara Malawi | Helping the Poor of Malawi Help themselves". 31 July 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  20. ^ "Henley on Thames – BBC man is guest speaker at charity dinner". 8 November 2010. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  21. ^ "Recent Events: The Eurozone – Friend or Foe | LIBS". Retrieved 12 August 2012. 

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