Jon Sopel Biography

Jon Sopel is a British television presenter and journalist for BBC World News, the BBC’s international news channel. He is presently the BBC’s North America Editor. From 2013 to 2014, Jonathan was the top political correspondent for the domestic news channel BBC News, a presenter on BBC One’s Politics Show and the BBC News channel, and the primary presenter on Global, on BBC World News.

How old is Jon Sopel? – Age

He was born on May 22, 1959, in London, England, to Jewish parents Myer and Miriam Sopel. He is 62 years old in 2021.

Where did Jon Sopel go to school? – Education

Sopel attended Christ’s College, Finchley, and graduated with a 2:1 honors degree in politics from Southampton University. He was the President of the National Organization of Labour Students’ Students’ Union from 1982 to 1983.


On October 20, 2010, while driving to Westminster, he crashed his motor scooter and skidded on falling leaves, breaking his hip. He didn’t grasp the depth of his damage until he was halfway through his voyage, and as a result, he needed surgery. Sopel’s hobbies were mentioned in the 2007 edition of Who’s Who as golf, travel, and football viewing. Tottenham Hotspur F.C. is a team that Sopel supports. He also works for The Prince’s Trust as an ambassador.

Jon Sopel – Family

When Jon was eleven years old, his family relocated from Stepney to north London.

Sopel’s Wife

He met his wife, Linda Twissell, while working at Radio Solent, and the two married in 1988. Their honeymoon was spent in Kenya’s Masai Mara; the couple has a son named Max and a daughter named Anna.

Jon Sopel The BBC journalist
Jon Sopel The BBC journalist

What is Jon Sopel Salary?

Jon’s salary has been estimated to be $400,000 per year.

Jon Sopel Net Worth

Jon’s net worth is estimated to be $1.5 million.

Jon Sopel Career

He was a freelance writer and broadcaster before joining BBC in 1983 as a reporter and producer for BBC Radio Solent. He went on to become the BBC News 24’s top political correspondent, and then the BBC’s Paris correspondent for three years. He covered the French restriction on the importation of British beef, Paris’ millennium celebrations, the oil disaster in Brittany, France’s EU presidency in 2000, and the Concorde crash in July 2000 while in Paris.

During the 2003 Iraq invasion, Sopel worked as a BBC journalist in Kuwait City. In 2005, Tony Sopel replaced Jeremy Vine as the principal presenter of BBC One’s The Politics Show. Since 2003, he has co-hosted the BBC News Channel’s weekday afternoon show with Louise Minchin and Emily Maitlis between 2 and 5 p.m. During significant political events such as elections, Sopel reported from the field for the BBC News Channel and BBC News at One. He appeared on BBC One news bulletins from time to time as a relief anchor.

He has presented on PM on Radio Four, Breakfast News, BBC News at One, BBC News at Six, and BBC News at Ten during his 16-year stint at the BBC, as well as hosting BBC Two’s yearly coverage of UK political party conferences, Conference Live. As a stand-in broadcaster for Newsnight, he has also featured on Breakfast, HARDtalk, and The Daily Politics. Sopel was announced as the host of a new show named “Global with Jon Sopel” in October 2012, which would air from 1500 to 1603. In January 2014, Sopel had a rare chat with Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the emir of Dubai.

Following the appointment of its predecessor, Mark Mardell, to BBC Radio 4 as a presenter, Sopel was named North America Editor of the BBC at the end of April. Sopel offered Philip Morris International (the maker of Marlboro cigarettes) a paid private address at a staff conference in Miami, according to BuzzFeed News in 2019. Lung cancer organizations in the United Kingdom have opposed this.

In 2020, Sopel joined the BBC podcast Americast alongside BBC Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis and Chief North American Reporter Anthony Zurcher.

Initially, the podcasts were centered on the 2020 election and included analysis as well as interviews with people from many walks of life.

The Americast was well-received and fared highly on iTunes, at times becoming the UK’s most-listened-to podcast of any genre. The series was scheduled to stop after the 2020 election, but due to its popularity, it has been prolonged. An edited version of the podcast is broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

In 2007, the Public Affairs Industry recognized Sopel Political Journalist of the Year.

Sopel received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Southampton in 2011. In the 2011/12 Royal Television Society Television Journalism Awards, Sopel was nominated for National Presenter of the Year.


Tony Blair is known as the “Moderniser.” Michael Joseph ISBN 978-0-553-50387-6, 1995.

Trump’s America, BBC Books, 2017, ISBN 978-1-78594-226-6.

Inside Trump’s White House: A Year At The Circus BBC Books, ISBN 978-1-78594-437-6, 2019.

Politics, pandemics, and the race that outperformed all others in UnPresidented. 2021, BBC Books, ISBN 978-1-78594-440-6.

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