Simon Jack

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Simon Jack
Born (1971-05-10) 10 May 1971 (age 51)
London, England
NationalityBritish
EducationMerchant Taylors' Boys' School, Crosby
Alma materSt John's College, Oxford
OccupationJournalist, news correspondent
EmployerBBC
TitleBusiness Editor of BBC News (2016–present)
Spouse(s)Suzy Barry

Simon Jack (born 10 May 1971) is an English business journalist and news correspondent. He is currently the Business Editor for BBC News, known for appearing on BBC Breakfast until September 2011 and on BBC Radio 4's Today.[1] He has also presented business and financial podcasts for The Daily Telegraph.[2]

Education[edit]

Jack was born on 10 May 1971, in London,[3] attended Merchant Taylors' Boys' School, Crosby, Merseyside, and graduated from St John's College, Oxford with a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.[4] Of his time at Oxford, Jack said: “I did the same degree as David Cameron. I was a contemporary of George Osborne. I knew him a little bit. He was well-known at university and his notoriety of his membership of certain clubs is well known – like the Bullingdon. I wasn't a member of any of those."[3]

Career[edit]

Before entering journalism, Jack worked for a decade as a corporate and investment banker in London, New York City and Bermuda. He has said that he neither liked the work, nor showed much ability at it.[5] 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, whose father killed himself, 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.[6]

On 5 February 2016, Jack was appointed the BBC's Business Editor, replacing the promoted Kamal Ahmed.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Jack lives in Notting Hill and is married to Suzy Barry,[8] and is a son-in-law of the composer John Barry.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wilson, Helen. "Simon Jack joins Today". Media News. FeaturesExec. Archived from the original on 22 January 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Simon Jack – Chartwell Speakers Bureau". Expert Keynote and Motivational Speakers | Chartwell Speakers. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b Echo, Liverpool (18 November 2010). "'Merchant Taylors gave me the confidence' – TV presenter Simon Jack". liverpoolecho. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Breakfast: Simon Jack". BBC News. 13 November 2008. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  5. ^ Johnson, Mark (18 November 2010). "'Merchant Taylors gave me the confidence' – TV presenter Simon Jack". Crosby Herald. Archived from the original on 14 January 2012.
  6. ^ "A silence that kills men". BBC. 13 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Simon Jack appointed BBC's new Business Editor". BBC. 5 February 2016.
  8. ^ Echo, Liverpool (18 November 2010). "'Merchant Taylors gave me the confidence' – TV presenter Simon Jack". liverpoolecho.
  9. ^ "Bond composer Barry dies aged 77". BBC News. 31 January 2011.
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Preceded by Business Presenter: BBC Breakfast
2008–2011
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Preceded by Business Presenter: Today
2011–2016
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Preceded by Business Editor: BBC News
2016–present
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