26 Facts About John Humphrys

1. John Humphrys went on to use the term "second referendum" without any qualification at all.

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2. John Humphrys was created on August 17, 1943 in Cardiff, Wales as Desmond John Humphrys.

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3. John Humphrys joined the BBC in 1966 as a reporter based in Liverpool.

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4. John Humphrys died of lung cancer in Cardiff on 19 August 2008, aged 56.

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5. John Humphrys is a keen listener to classical music and cites Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven and Johann Sebastian Bach as particular favourites, although he once saw The Rolling Stones in concert and said "they blew me away".

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6. John Humphrys referred to these facts on 31 October 2006 on BBC Radio 4 in the programme Humphrys in Search of God.

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7. In February 2019 John Humphrys announced his intention to leave the Today programme by the end of the year, admitting that he should have quit "years ago".

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8. John Humphrys highlighted failing in coverage of issues of Europe and immigration, stating: "We weren't sufficiently sceptical—that's the most accurate phrase—of the pro-European case.

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9. John Humphrys played himself in the 2013 crime thriller film Closed Circuit with Eric Bana in the lead.

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10. John Humphrys made the headlines on 28 August 2004 for giving the yearly MacTaggart Lecture in which he made scathing criticism of the 'dumbing-down' of British television.

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11. John Humphrys still made occasional appearances fronting BBC TV news bulletins in the 1990s.

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12. John Humphrys was an average pupil and left school at 15 to become a reporter on the Penarth Times.

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13. John Humphrys became a pupil at Cardiff High School, but he did not fit into the middle class environment there.

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14. John Humphrys was born in Cardiff at 193 Pearl Street, Adamsdown, son of Winifred Mary, a hairdresser, and Edward George Humphrys, a self-employed French polisher.

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15. John Humphrys refused to reveal how much he was paid when challenged earlier this year by Edward Leigh, the Conservative MP for Gainsborough and Market Rasen.

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16. John Humphrys gave Balls a vigorous grilling, as is his job.

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17. John Humphrys joined TWW, a commercial television channel based in Wales.

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18. John Humphrys is viewed as the worst offender, though Webb is seen as too fawning to US contributors.

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19. In December 2013 John Humphrys was featured in an episode of the BBC Wales series Coming Home, together with his older brother Graham.

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20. John Humphrys married Edna Wilding in 1964 and they had two children, a son and daughter, Christopher and Catherine.

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21. In 2017, John Humphrys earned between £600,000 and £649,999 as a BBC presenter.

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22. John Humphrys was criticised for his statement and listeners called on the BBC to correct him.

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23. John Humphrys has written several books, including Lost for Words, in which he criticizes what he sees as the widespread misuse of the English language, plus Devil's Advocate, Beyond Words, The Great Food Gamble and In God We Doubt: Confessions of a Failed Atheist.

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24. On 6 September 2005, John Humphrys was censured by the Corporation for his use of "inappropriate and misguided" language.

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25. John Humphrys began presenting Today in January 1987, joining Brian Redhead.

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26. John Humphrys joined TWW, a commercial television channel based in Wales, and was the first reporter on the scene of the Aberfan disaster in October 1966.

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