Ian Hislop Biography
Ian Hislop (David Hislop) was born on 13th July 1960 in Mumbles, south Wales, United Kingdom. He is a British journalist, satirist, writer, broadcaster and editor of the magazine Private Eye.
His father, David, was a civil engineer who worked on projects around the world, taking his wife, Helen, as well as his two children (Ian has an older sister, Anne) with him. The Hislops moved to Nigeria, then Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong. His father was from Scotland and the mother from Jersey.
When Hislop was 12, his mother came to his school – Ardingly College in Sussex, where he had boarded since he was eight – to tell him that his father had died of stomach cancer. The family had known that David had been ill but it was only a few brief months between diagnosis and death, at the age of 45. In his late 20s, his mother – still in her 60s – was dying, at the same time that his wife, Victoria, was in hospital having suffered a miscarriage.
He was educated at Ardingly College, an independent boarding school, where he became Head Boy, and began his satirical career directing and appearing in revues alongside Nick Newman. Hislop and Newman’s association continued when they attended Oxford University together, later working together at Private Eye and on a number of comedy scriptwriting jobs. Hislop applied to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford, but changed to English Literature before arriving at Magdalen College. While at university, Hislop was actively involved in student journalism; he relaunched and edited the satirical magazine Passing Wind. He graduated with a BA in 1981.
Ian Hislop Private Eye
At Oxford, Hislop revived and edited the magazine Passing Wind, for which he interviewed Richard Ingrams, who was then editor of Private Eye, and Peter Cook, then the majority shareholder. Hislop’s first article appeared in 1980 before he sat his university finals. A parody of The Observer magazine’s “Room of My Own” feature, it described an IRA prisoner on the dirty protest decorating his cell in “fetching brown”. Hislop joined the publication immediately after leaving Oxford, and became editor in 1986 following Ingrams’s departure.
As editor of Private Eye, Ian Hislop is reputedly the most sued man in English legal history, although he is not involved in as many libel actions as he once was. A libel case was brought against Private Eye and Hislop in 1986 by the publisher Robert Maxwell after the magazine accused him of funding Labour leader Neil Kinnock’s travel expenses as a means of gaining a peerage. After the case Hislop quipped: “I’ve just given a fat cheque to a fat Czech”. After his death in 1991, Maxwell was revealed to be an
extensive fraudster, illegally drawing on his companies’ pension funds; his last writ for libel against the Eye and Hislop was about this “malicious” and “mendacious” claim.
Ian Hislop Family
He was born to a Scottish father, David Hislop, from Ayrshire, and a Channel Islander mother born in Jersey, Helen Rosemarie née Beddows. His paternal grandfather, David Murdoch Hislop, died just before he was born. His maternal grandfather, William Beddows, was originally from Lancashire.
Ian Hislop Wife
On 16th April 1988 Ian Hislop married Victoria Hamson, who is an author. They have two children Emily Helen Hislop (born 1990) and William David Hislop(born 1993).
Ian Hislop Height
Ian Hislop’s height is 5ft 6in (1.68m).
Ian Hislop Net Worth
Ian Hislop’s networth is estimatedly £8 million ($10 million).
Ian Hislop Books
- 2015: Private Eye Annual 2015 (Annuals)
- 2006: Have I Got News for You
- 2006: The Wipers Times: The Complete Series of the Famous Wartime Trench Newspaper
- 2000: Son of Blair: The Sequel : Further Letters from the Vicar, the Rev. A.R.P. Blair MA (Oxon)
- 1998: St. Albion Parish News
- 2017: A Bunch of Amateurs
- 1991: Stress, Distress, and Illness
- 1987: Battle for Britain
Ian Hislop News
BBC One’s Have I Got News For You is renowned for its sharp take on current affairs, but the balance of male to female presenters is seriously off-kilter.
The satirical panel show has been presented by 11 politicians over its 28 years of existence, and only one – Ann Widdecombe – was a woman.
In a new interview with Radio Times, team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton have said the reason for the skewed gender make-up of the show is simply because women don’t want to take part.
Merton told Radio Times magazine: ‘The producers always ask more women than men. More women say no.’
He explained that since the show first started off, it had been the case.
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Hislop said: ‘Everyone you think should have been asked has been. Really, they really have.
‘There was a period where people said, “Why haven’t you had French and Saunders on? Why haven’t you had the following people?” And you say, “Well, it’s not compulsory.”‘
He continued: ‘On the whole, women are slightly more reticent and think, maybe modestly: “I can’t do that.” Maybe more men in public life say: “Yes I can do that.”
‘ Although Ann Widdecombe is the only female politician to have hosted the programme, there have been some women guest present on the show.
‘Kirsty Young has done it a few times. Jane Leeves from Frasier has done it, Liza Tarbuck a long time ago, Jennifer Saunders has done it a couple of times, Jo Brand has done it maybe half a dozen times… So unless Ann Widdecombe has put off an entire gender, it must be because they’ve been asked and they’ve said no,’ according to Merton.
Merton described his ‘worst experience’ on the comedy show as when Widdecombe returned to host for a second time.
He said the former Conservative politician was pointing out to the show bosses which jokes wouldn’t work on the show after seemingly gaining confidence in the role following her first presenting stint on the panel show.
He added: ‘She turned to me at one point and said, ‘Come on, be amusing; that’s what you’re being paid for.’ Even as I say it, it sends a shiver through my heart!
‘It’s like, the arrogance of the woman, you know? Suddenly she thought she was Victoria Wood!’
Hislop had described allegations of sexual misconduct in Westminster as ‘not high-level crime’, prompting Brand – who was acting as guest host for the episode – to cut in and tell the all-male panel not to undermine sexual harrassment.
‘If I can just say – as the only representative of the female gender here today – I know it’s not high-level, but it doesn’t have to be high-level for women to feel under siege in somewhere like the House of Commons,’ she said.