John Young

For more than thirty one years, John Young presented and reported the TV news on the BBC.

He's now distilled the energy and stories of a career in a TV newsroom into a range of fascinating

keynotes and lively consultancy workshops, delivered online or in person. And his skills handling

the adrenaline of a live news studio have made him a popular choice in this new age of

Virtual Event Hosting.

As a keynote speaker and deliverer of workshops or webinars, John reveals in jaw-dropping detail

how knife-edge TV News production can be. But he doesn't just bask in the audience's

fascination. He makes it relevant, with precise business messages about pivoting skills, crystal

clear communication, time management, leadership, self-awareness and courage. There's no

theory, no waffle, no big concept. All his material is based on his adventures in the front line of

daily news reporting and presenting at the world's most respected broadcaster.

John provides a fascinating insight into how the media actually works. And in age of Zoom and

Teams Meetings, he gives real insight into how to work most effectively whilst communicating

down the lens of a laptop.

After all, as John often says, "we're all broadcasters now."

John's clients include EasyJet, American Express, Gatwick Airport, the international CEO network

Vistage, the English Rugby Football Union and several local authorities — he has also delivered

his workshops and talks as a Guest Speaker to passengers on board Cunard's flagship, the

Queen Mary 2. He is a senior member of the Professional Speaking Association.

John joined the BBC from Cambridge University as one of 12 news trainees in 1989. This

provided him with two years' training in BBC editorial standards, before choosing his own path as

a news reporter and presenter in Southampton, Belfast, Truro, Newcastle, Bristol, Brighton and on

the BBC's News Channel.

In 2009, John was selected for a year's secondment as a Trainer of incoming journalists at the

BBC Academy. In 2013, he set up his consultancy business, John Young Media, running it

alongside his BBC work until he left the Corporation in October 2020.

John uses income from his professional clients to subsidise employability skills workshops for

young people who are not in formal education or training.