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Sunday / 4 March / 2018

Jeremy Paxman is to be the special guest at the Journalists’ Charity 25th anniversary celebrity lunch in Birmingham in the autumn.

The multi-award-winning broadcaster and writer will talk about his career spanning five decades in radio and television. Best known for his 25-year stint as the anchor of BBC Newsnight, Jeremy has also presented University Challenge since 1994. In a switch of roles, he will answer questions from lunch guests.

The lunch, which is organised by the Midlands district of the Journalists’ Charity, will be held at the Holte Suite at Aston Villa, Birmingham on Friday 5th October.

For Jeremy, it will be a return to the Midlands where he spent much of his childhood, living at Peopleton near Pershore and Bromsgrove and educated at Malvern College. He read English at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, where he edited the student newspaper Varsity.

His career has been colourful – and controversial. His no-nonsense style was illustrated most famously in an interview with the then Home Secretary Michael Howard when he asked the same question 13 times. It won him the Royal Television Society Award for Interview of the Year in 1997. It has since been watched on YouTube more than a million times.

He has collected four more RTS awards and has twice won BAFTA’s Richard Dimbleby Award.

In 2016 he published his autobiography, A Life in Questions.

He has presented and produced several documentaries including The Victorians, Britain’s Great War and Empire, based on his books.

Derek Inman, chairman of the Charity’s Midlands district, said: “We have always been lucky over the years that so many top  journalists and business people have given their time so freely to help us help others. Having Jeremy with us at Villa Park will make the anniversary lunch even more special.”

Tickets are £55 per person (£50 if booked before 1st May) with tables for 10 at £525 (£475 before 1st May). For booking form contact Val Deeley



For further information contact Laurie Upshon or Derek Inman


NB: The first Celebrity lunch was held in 1993 at the old Birmingham Press Club building in Corporation Street, Birmingham. The guest speaker was Eve Pollard who was only the second woman to edit a national newspaper, editing the Sunday Mirror and later the Sunday Express. It was organised by Gerry Armes, then the branch Chairman and now the district’s honorary President. It raised £1,000. Since then – and combined with the annual Greyhound Racing Night – the district has raised nearly half a million pounds for the charity.


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