One of the UK’s most high-profile business journalists will be made a life member of Birmingham Press Club later this year.
Hard-hitting interviewer Jeff Randall will address club members and their guests on October 8 – prior to hosting his Sky News programme from Birmingham’s ICC, when he will grill politicians and businessmen at the end of the first day of the Conservative Party conference.
Mr Randall, who is also a columnist at The Daily Telegraph and former business editor at the BBC, said: “I am hugely flattered to be offered the honour of life membership of the world’s oldest press club.”
Jeff Randall Live has aired on Sky News since 2007, analysing the big business stories of the day.
Mr Randall started his journalistic career on Financial Weekly, where he became assistant editor before moving in 1986 to the Sunday Telegraph as city correspondent.
He held edited the City, business and sport sections of The Sunday Times throughout the 90s , relaunched the Sunday Business newspaper in 1998, before moving to the BBC in 2001 to become the corporation’s first business editor.
Press Club chairman and Heart FM breakfast DJ Ed James said: “Breaking exclusives and Jeff Randall go hand-in-hand.
“I can’t wait to hear what disclosures he might have for us.
“Jeff’s authoritative writing and incisive television reporting have positioned him at the forefront of modern journalism.
“We look forward to hearing what he has to say about the issues and political personalities of the day – especially as he will meeting many of them face-to-face just a few hours later at the Tory Party conference.”
Mr Randall has won the Harold Wincott Award for Business Broadcaster, the Best Business Broadcast Prize and the Decade of Excellence Prize at the Business Journalist of the Year Awards and the London Press Club’s Business Journalist of the Year Award.