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.