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One of Britain’s leading political commentators and journalists, Iain Dale has recently taken over as the host of LBC's drivetime show and appears regularly as a political pundit on Sky News, the BBC News Channel, Newsnight, Daybreak, Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live. He was shortlisted for Speech programme of the Year at the 2013 Sony Awards and won Radio Presenter of the Year at the 2013 Commercial Radio Arqiva Awards.
For the last two and a half years Iain has been the host of the weekday evening show on LBC but took over the helm at drive in March 2013. He said of his promotion: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have been asked to present LBC 97.3’s Drivetime show, after two and a half years with the station. These are big shoes to fill.
“The new show is going to be a real mix of the big stories and interviews, but the constant thread throughout will be our callers. They’re the ones with the stories, as I know from my evening show. I want the Drivetime show to both lead and reflect London’s agenda and the priorities of Londoners. I can’t wait to get started.”
Iain is best known for his political blog, Iain Dale’s Diary and football blog, West Ham Till I Die. He is a contributing editor and columnist for GQ Magazine, writes for the Daily Telegraph and a fortnightly diary for the Eastern Daily Press. He was the chief anchor of Britain’s first political internet TV channel, 18DoughtyStreet.com. He has recently started a monthly column for the gay lifestyle magazine, Attitude.
Iain founded the monthly magazine, Total Politics and is the author or editor of more than twenty books including Margaret Thatcher: A Tribute in Words & Pictures, The Little Book of Boris, Talking Politics: Political Conversations with Iain Dale, Margaret Thatcher: In Her Own Words and 500 of the Most Acerbic, Witty & Erudite Things Ever Said About Politics. He is also Managing Director of Biteback Publishing, who published Damian McBride’s autobiography.
An accomplished and engaging public speaker, Iain offers a fascinating look into the world of politics and media . On a recent trip to Australia he gave a talk at The Sydney Institute on blogging and new media and delivered the keynote speech at Microsoft Politics and Technology Forum in Parliament House. Iain is also an adept chairman of panel discussions and conferences and specialises in ‘one on one’ on stage interviews.
If all of the above makes Iain sound a little serious, don’t be fooled . He is witty, charming and great fun. He also happens to know more about The Eurovision Song Contest than anyone we know!