Jon Sopel Biography
An accomplished English journalist who presently serves as an anchor at BBC World News is Jon Sopel. He serves as an anchor on BBC World News and as a broadcaster and reporter for BBC News on BBC One and the BBC News channel in the UK.
How old is Jon Sopel? Age-Birthday
In 2023, Sopel will be 64 years old. Sopel was born in London, England, on May 22, 1959. Every year on May 22nd, he has a birthday party.
Jon Sopel Education
Sopel attended Christ’s College Finchley for his formal education before transferring to Southampton University, where he earned a 2:1 honors degree in politics. Between 1982 and 1983, Sopel served as the National Organization of Labour Students’ president of the Students’ Union.
How tall is Jon Sopel? Height-Weight
Sopel is a man of average height and build; he weighs about the middle for his height. Sopel’s height is generally regarded as being 5 feet 5 inches, or 165 cm.
Jon Sopel Parents & Siblings
Myer and Miriam Sopel, who are Jewish, are the parents of Sopel. At age eleven, his family relocated from Stepney to north London.
Is Jon Sopel Married? Wife-Spouse
Sopel and Linda Twissell, his wife, have a happy marriage. While working at Radio Solent, he met his wife. They spent their honeymoon in Kenya’s Masai Mara.
Jon Sopel Kids
The couple has a son named Max and a daughter named Anna, but he hasn’t revealed any details about them. As soon as new information becomes available, this page will be updated.
Jon Sopel Health-Illness
Sopel injured his hip on October 20, 2010, while commuting to Westminster on a motor scooter that he skidded onto. He didn’t realize how badly hurt he was until after he got there, which required surgery.
Jon Sopel BBC
Before working as a reporter and producer for BBC Radio Solent, Sopel was a freelance writer and broadcaster. Later, he spent three years as the BBC’s Paris reporter before rising to the position of chief political correspondent for BBC News 24. He reported on stories when he was in Paris, such as the French restriction on the importation of British beef, the Paris Millennium Festival, the Brittany oil disaster, France’s EU presidency in 2000, and the July 2000 Concorde crash. In Kuwait City, Sopel served as the BBC’s reporter during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Sopel joined The Politics Show on BBC One in 2005, taking over as the show’s lead presenter from Jeremy Vine. Every Sunday at noon, it aired, and Sopel conducted interviews with prominent politicians and advisors, including US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Prime Minister Tony Blair, Opposition Leader David Cameron, Jack Straw, Gordon Brown, and Opposition Leader David Davis. The program terminated in December 2011 and Sunday Politics took its place in January 2012.
Following his hiring as a presenter on the channel in 2003, Sopel has also co-hosted the BBC News channel on weekday afternoons between 2 and 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays with Louise Minchin, and on Mondays with Emily Maitlis.
Sopel covered on-site reporting for the BBC News Channel and BBC News at One during significant political events including elections. He occasionally served as a replacement anchor for BBC One newscasts. He has been on several BBC programs over his 16 years with the corporation, including PM on Radio Four, Breakfast News, BBC News at One, BBC News at Six, and BBC News at Ten. Sopel also hosts Conference Live, BBC Two’s yearly coverage of the UK political party conferences. He has also occasionally filled in as a Newsnight host, and he has previously been on Breakfast, HARDtalk, and The Daily Politics.
It was announced in October 2012 that Sopel will host the new BBC World News show Global with Jon Sopel, which would broadcast from 15:00 to 16:00 GMT on Monday through Thursday. Sopel had a rare interview with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Emir of Dubai, in January 2014. After Mark Mardell left the BBC to work as a presenter for BBC Radio 4, Sopel was named the North America editor at the end of the following April.
At a staff convention in Miami in 2019, Philip Morris International (the manufacturer of Marlboro cigarettes) paid Sopel to deliver a secret address, according to BuzzFeed News 2019. British lung cancer charities criticized this.
Alongside Newsnight host Emily Maitlis and top North America reporter Anthony Zurcher, Sopel started hosting the BBC podcast Americast in 2020. The podcast’s first topic was the 2020 election, and it featured commentary as well as a wide range of interviews with various political figures. Positive reviews and strong performance on the iTunes chart helped Americast become occasionally the most popular podcast in the UK, regardless of the genre. Due to its popularity, the series has continued even though it was initially intended to finish after the 2020 election. BBC Radio 4 airs an edited version of the podcast.
Sopel announced his resignation as editor for North America on October 19, 2021, stating that he would be taking a “long break” to write a book. Sarah Smith was named as his successor on November 16, 2021. Sopel made the announcement that he was quitting the BBC on February 22, 2022, after securing an exclusive contract with LBC to start a new podcast and joint radio program with fellow presenter Emily Maitlis. On August 30, 2022, The News Agents, starring Sopel, Maitlis, and Lewis Goodall, debuted.
Jon Sopel Salary & Net Worth
Sopel makes an estimated salary of $70,000 to $125,000 and has a net worth of $1 million to $5 million, all of which are derived from his work as a broadcaster.