Joan Bakewell

Author, journalist and broadcaster

Chair , 2016

Baroness Joan Bakewell DBE is a journalist, writer and broadcaster, and was made a peer in 2011.

She has been a presence on British television since the 1960s, presenting a number of programmes, including BBC Two’s ‘Late Night Line-Up’, Granada’s ‘Reports Action’ and two series of her own, ‘My Generation’ and ‘Taboo’. She won BAFTA’s Richard Dimbleby Award for television journalism for her work as a reporter and presenter on BBC One’s ‘The Heart of the Matter’. Her radio work has included presenting ‘PM’ and ‘Critics’ Forum’ and, since 2009, ‘Inside the Ethics Committee’. She has written four radio plays for BBC Radio 4. She has been a columnist for the ‘Manchester Evening News’, the ‘Sunday Times’, the ‘Guardian’, the ‘Independent’ and the ‘Times’. She has also written multiple books, including two novels, and her latest book, ‘Stop the Clocks’, was published in February 2016.

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