Rory Cellan-Jones

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Rory Cellan-Jones
Rory Cellan-Jones-16Nov2006 (cropped).jpg
Cellan-Jones in 2006
Nicholas Rory Cellan-Jones

(1958-01-17) 17 January 1958 (age 64)
EducationDulwich College
Alma materJesus College, Cambridge
TitleTechnology correspondent of BBC News (2007–2021)
Spouse(s)Diane Coyle
RelativesJames Cellan Jones (father)
Simon Cellan Jones

Nicholas Rory Cellan-Jones[1] (born 17 January 1958; "Cellan" pronounced [ˈkɛɬən]) is a British journalist for BBC News. He is BBC News' technology correspondent.[2] In August 2021, he announced that he will be leaving the BBC in late October, after 40 years of employment.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Rory Cellan-Jones was born in London in 1958. His father James Cellan Jones was a BBC TV director and film director;[4] and his mother was Sylvia Rich, a BBC secretary.[5] His half-brother Simon Cellan Jones is a film director, although Rory was born out of wedlock and was unacquainted with them until adulthood.[6]

Cellan-Jones was educated at Dulwich College, an independent school for boys in Dulwich in south London, from 1967–76.[7] He attended Jesus College, Cambridge, obtaining a BA in Modern and Medieval Languages in 1981, and automatic MA three years later.[8][9]


Starting his BBC career as a researcher on the Leeds edition of Look North, he then worked in the London TV newsroom for three years before getting his first on-screen role at BBC Wales. He later transferred to London and became the business and economics correspondent, appearing on The Money Programme between 1990 and 1992.[10]

After the dot com crash of 2000, he wrote the book Dot.bomb. He has covered issues such as Black Wednesday, the BCCI scandal and Marks and Spencer's competition troubles.[11]

He has evaluated the growth of websites and internet companies including the rise of Google and Wikipedia and online retailing. Since January 2007, he has been the BBC's technology correspondent with the job of expanding the BBC's coverage of new media and telecoms, and the cultural impact of the Internet.[11]

In April 2007, he launched Stop the NUJ boycott, "a campaign for a ballot of NUJ members about the union's policy on a boycott of Israeli goods".[12]


  • Dot.Bomb: The Rise and Fall of Britain (London: Autumn, 2001)
  • The Secret History of Social Networking (BBC, 2012)
  • With Mike Hally, Patently Absurd (Audio, 2013)
  • Always On: Hope and Fear in the Social Smartphone Era (Bloomsbury Continuum, 2021)

Personal life[edit]

Cellan-Jones is married to economist and author Diane Coyle.[13] The couple have two sons and live in West Ealing, London.[14][15]

On 30 May 2019, following his presentation of the first BBC broadcast over a 5G network, Cellan-Jones announced via Twitter that he had been diagnosed with early Parkinson's disease, but that he intended to carry on as normal.[16][17]


  1. ^ Rory Cellan-Jones, Esq at Debrett's.
  2. ^ "Rory Cellan-Jones profile". BBC News. 4 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Rory Cellan-Jones quits BBC after 40 years: 'It's time to move on'". 3 August 2021.
  4. ^ Obituaries, Telegraph (13 September 2019). "James Cellan Jones, television director best known for 'The Forsyte Saga' and 'Fortunes of War' – obituary". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 17 September 2019.
  5. ^ "James Cellan Jones obituary". The Times. 10 September 2019.
  6. ^ Cellan Jones, James. Forsyte and Hindsight: Screen Directing for Pleasure and Profit. Kaleidoscope Publishing, 2006. pp. 14–15.
  7. ^ Dulwich College website
  8. ^ Cambridge University. The Cambridge University List of Members for the Year 1991. Cambridge University Press, 1991. p. 228.
  9. ^ "Payments Innovation speakers list". TechUK. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  10. ^ Rory Cellan-Jones [@ruskin147] (4 September 2015). "@stuartmiles you are right and the rest of it is also somewhat bizarre. I was on the Money Programme 1990 to 1992, not 2004" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  11. ^ a b "Rory Cellan-Jones". The Guardian. London. 11 November 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
  12. ^
  13. ^ Sherwin, Adam (13 October 2006). "Out with the governors and in with the trustees". The Times. London. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  14. ^ Coyle, Diane (19 February 1996). "Netsurfing is child's play". The Independent. London.
  15. ^ "Ealing residents scoop New Year's Honours". Ealing Gazette. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  16. ^ Cellan-Jones, Rory [@ruskin147] (30 May 2019). "A couple of people have noticed my hand shaking in my live 5G broadcast today. So seems a good time to reveal that I've recently been diagnosed with Parkinson's. I'm getting good treatment and the symptoms are mild right now – so I'm carrying on as normal. Onwards and upwards!" (Tweet). Retrieved 30 May 2019 – via Twitter.
  17. ^ "5G: EE launches UK's next-generation mobile network". BBC. 30 May 2019. Retrieved 30 May 2019.

External links[edit]

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Preceded by
Technology Editor: BBC News