Ian Hislop has edited Private Eye since 1986, taking over the helm from Richard Ingrams and steering it to ever greater commercial and satirical success. In this role, Ian has earned the dubious distinction of being the most sued man in British legal history. He is also known to millions as team captain on Have I Got News For You?, which has won numerous awards including a BAFTA for Best Light Entertainment.
Born in Mumbles, South Wales, Ian was educated at Ardingly College and then Magdalen College, Oxford. He graduated in 1981 with a degree in English literature.
Ian has made countless television and radio appearances, as panellist, essayist and presenter. Credits range from Newsnight Review, Question Time and University Challenge, to radio presentations on subjects ranging from the history of tax, to the Victorians and church architecture. As a writer, Ian progressed from Spitting Image to write sketches for Harry Enfield and television plays for Maureen Lipman and Dawn French. Most recently he co-wrote the family sitcom, My Dad’s the Prime Minister.
Listed as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy, Ian Hislop was honoured to receive the British Society of Magazine Editor’s highest award, The Editor’s Editor.