Rory Cellan-Jones Biography
Rory Cellan-Jones (Nicholas Rory Cellan-Jones) is a British journalist for BBC News. He is BBC News’ technology correspondent. Cellan-Jones attended Dulwich College from 1967–1976. It is an independent school for boys in Dulwich in south London.
He later joined Jesus College, Cambridge University, obtaining a BA in Modern and Medieval Languages in 1981. Three years later he was awarded with an automatic MA. He started his career at BBC as a researcher on the Leeds edition of Look North.
Later on, Rory Cellan-Jones worked in the London TV newsroom. After three years he got his first on-screen role at BBC Wales. He then transferred to London and became the business and economics correspondent. Between 1990 and 1992, he appeared on The Money Programme.
In addition, he is also a writer. He wrote the book Dot.bomb after the dot com crash of 2000. He has covered great issues. Among them are: Black Wednesday, the BCCI scandal and Marks and Spencer’s competition troubles. He has evaluated the growth of websites and internet companies including the rise of Google and Wikipedia and online retailing.
Rory Cellan-Jones has been the BBC’s technology correspondent since January 2007. His job entails expanding the BBC’s coverage of new media and telecoms, and the cultural impact of the Internet. In April 2007 he launched Stop the NUJ boycott. This was a campaign for a ballot of NUJ members about the union’s policy on a boycott of Israeli goods”.
Rory Cellan-Jones Age
Rory Cellan-Jones was born in London, United Kingdom. He was born on 17th January 1958. His current age is 61 years as of 2019.
Rory Cellan-Jones Family
Rory Cellan-Jones was born in London. His father is James Cellan Jones. Sylvia Rish is his mother. He also has a half-brother Simon Cellan Jones. Both his father and his half-brother are film and television directors. Rory was born out of wedlock. He was unacquainted with them until his adulthood.
Rory Cellan-Jones Wife
Rory Cellan-Jones is married man. His wife is Diane Coyle. She was a former Vice Chairman of the BBC Trust, a former adviser to HM Treasury, and the author of the book Sex, Drugs and Economics. The couple has two sons. They live in West Ealing, London.
Does Rory Cellan-Jones Have Parkinson’s | Rory Cellan Jones Ill
Viewers noticed that his hands were shaking during a live broadcast. After those claims Rory Cellan-Jones announced via Twitter that he had been diagnosed with early Parkinson’s disease. This was on 30th May 2019, following his presentation of the first BBC broadcast over a 5G network. He however said that he intended to carry on as normal.
Rory Cellan-Jones revealed that he only learned that he had Parkinson’s disease when a doctor wrote to the BBC after noticing his hand shaking live on television.
He then sought advice from a neurologist. While speaking to BBC Breakfast, he said: “I didn’t notice anything at that stage late last year, I was beginning to worry about something – I was dragging my foot as a walked.
Just days after confirming he had been diagnosed from Parkinson’s disease, BBC journalist Rory Cellan-Jones has revealed he has cancer. He is set to have specialist radiotherapy for a cancerous eye tumour known as a choroidal melanoma.
The problem has affected the vision in his left eye. In response to a series of online good luck messages, Mr Rory Cellan-Jones said he has got used to 14 years of trips to an NHS eye hospital where he has received “world class” care.
Rory Cellan-Jones Interview
Q: You were talking to these people weren’t you?
Rory Cellan-Jones: Yes. I’d been filming a lot of these guys and I went back to the guys I’d been filming and did interviews with 60/70 people and a book is so much more an intense piece of journalism than TV where I’m doing 1 1/2 minute pieces typically. So what I was doing for the book is what we’re doing now , spending a couple of hours hearing the stories of these peoples lives.
Q: So was it money that you found motivated these people?
Rory Cellan-Jones: It was a curious mixture of things. But you can’t overestimate the importance of money. It affected everyone in this period. 99% of us didn’t do anything about it, 1% did. And the 99% of us that didn’t do anything at the time thought ‘Jesus, I’d love to do that,’ ‘Look at the money to be made’, – so money was a large part of it but also, there was a revolutionary spirit that said – anybody can do this, anybody can start a company and be rich in a few days and anyone can take themselves onto the Net, just like you are doing here…
Q: But was it actually true that everybody could?
Rory Cellan-Jones: No it wasn’t. I think the slightly sad thing is that it was going to be a class of people who would never get involved in business normally and there were a couple like that – a couple of people who were just ambitious kids who might have been stuck in a bank for the rest of their lives or something rather tedious in middle management – who thought they could do it themselves . But a lot of them would have done it anyway, only later.
They’d have been entrepreneurs, chief executives, in their late thirties and it enabled them to do it in their middle twenties. In Britain there were already quite a few people who were already moneyed, who came from a fairly prosperous background. But there were a lot of other people – I think if it had gone on longer it would have drawn in a lot of other people – there were people who were coming up with ideas who were about to pitch and they never quite got there because the money dried up.
Q: But it wasn’t quite the classless revolution people talked about?
Rory Cellan-Jones: No. One thing that I think was different was that different kinds of people – technical people who have always perhaps found it difficult to break through in Britain , you know, we’ve had a lot of very brilliant technical people but they have been on the wrong side of the dividing line between management and technicians, you know, brilliant software people – these people found it a bit easier to be listened to .
I think it was the first time that you’d meet people who were reading the Guardian . Business people reading the Guardian,! It was quite a funky thing to be in. It was funky to be in business. When I left University twenty years ago – oh God, twenty years ago – there was a great divide between people who wanted to go into the arts or tortured individuals who didn’t know what they wanted to do but something vaguely artistic, creative whatever, and on the other side this very driven bunch of people who wanted to be investment bankers and accountants .
They were two completely separate tribes. What struck me during this period was that there was only one tribe. I think if you’d gone to major universities in late ‘99 and early 2000 and asked people what they wanted to do a huge range of people would want to run a dot. com. And amongst the people I spoke to there were people who were kids from Leeds who ended up running their own company a year later and six months after that was out of a job again.
Q: One of the things that comes through in your book is the kind of Groucho Club atmosphere of these companies. Young, ad hoc, buzz, excitement, sex, drugs, booze …
Rory Cellan-Jones: Yes. There’s a quote in the book ‘It was like Woodstock. You just had to be there.’ And it was as bad as Woodstock as well. When you think of the rock business, lots of people want to get into the rock business for all sorts of reasons – money is a part of it – but it’s a cool place to be.
Q: So what went wrong? Was it because they weren’t any good at being business people after all?
Rory Cellan-Jones: Two things. When you look at the reason why some of the companies failed, notably boo.com a large part of it seems at first sight to be because they weren’t professional about it and they were completely off their heads, spending money like water but I think the sad truth about it is that whatever they’d done it would have happened. Stupid people have gone down the drain and clever people have gone down the drain too. It was a bubble. Things get overvalued, people lose track of something’s real value, and so when the bubble bursts good things as well as bad things just get wiped out.
Q: Because the old guys didn’t know what to do with any of this stuff did they?
Rory Cellan-Jones: The old guys were really funny – the City establishment sat there for three or four years saying ‘We’re not interested in this and we don’t understand a word you’re saying, go away and don’t bother us.’ That was completely their point of view until about September ‘99 when they said ‘Come here, we’ll give you as much money as you want, please please please, we love you!’ It was a complete switch-around. Virtually over the summer of ‘99 in Britain. And then by March of 2000 it was gone again.
Q: You talked to these guys when it had all gone.
Rory Cellan-Jones: I had been talking to them whilst it was going up as well but my main research for the book was when it was going. Although the funny thing was that as it started to go they were going ‘This is really healthy. We are the solid people and all these floppy people are being blown away and that can only be good for us. We’ll be the people who hang on in there and make it.’ But most of them also got blown away.