Simon Jack

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Simon Jack
OccupationJournalist, news correspondent

Simon Jack is a British business journalist and Business Editor for the BBC, known for appearing on BBC Breakfast until September 2011 and on BBC Radio 4's Today until February 2016.[1]


Simon Jack attended Merchant Taylors' Boys' School, Crosby and graduated from St John's College, Oxford with a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.[2]


Before entering journalism, Jack worked for a decade as a corporate and investment banker in London, New York and Bermuda. He has said that he neither liked the work, nor showed much ability at it.[3] In 2003 he joined the BBC's business and economics unit and since then has worked on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme and Radio 5 Live's Wake Up to Money. He has also presented business and financial podcasts for The Daily Telegraph.[citation needed]

Jack was frequently seen on British television during the fortnight beginning on 7 September 2008 during which he reported for BBC News, the BBC News Channel and Working Lunch on the banking crisis that saw the Federal takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, the bailout of AIG and the Lloyds TSB takeover of HBOS. He was often seen reporting from the London Stock Exchange, Canary Wharf and outside the offices of HBOS and Lehman Brothers in London.[citation needed]

Jack replaced Declan Curry as business presenter for BBC Breakfast in October 2008. In April 2010, he presented BBC Breakfast alongside Sian Williams while regular presenter Bill Turnbull followed the 2010 general election campaign trail. In September 2011, he left the BBC Breakfast team to join BBC Radio 4's Today.[citation needed]

On 13 April 2015, Jack appeared in a BBC Panorama series relating to the survivors of suicide which investigated why more middle-aged men kill themselves than any other group.[citation needed]

On 5 February 2016, Jack was appointed the BBC's Business Editor, replacing the promoted Kamal Ahmed.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Jack is a son-in-law of the late composer John Barry.[5]


  1. ^ Wilson, Helen. "Simon Jack joins Today". Media News. FeaturesExec. Archived from the original on 22 January 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Breakfast: Simon Jack". BBC News Online. 13 November 2008. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  3. ^ Simon Jack interviewed in Crosby News 2010 November
  4. ^ "Simon Jack appointed BBC's new Business Editor". BBC. 5 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Bond composer Barry dies aged 77". BBC News. 31 January 2011.
Media offices
Preceded by
Declan Curry
Business Presenter: BBC Breakfast
2008 – 2011
Succeeded by
Vacant, after departure of Steph McGovern, TBC
Preceded by
Adam Shaw
Business Presenter: Today
2011 – 2016
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Kamal Ahmed
Business editor of BBC News
2016 – present
Succeeded by