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Andrew Neil is a publisher, editor, writer, broadcaster, public speaker and business consultant on media matters working out of London, New York , Edinburgh and France .
Since 1996 he has been Publisher (chief executive and editor-in-chief) of Press Holdings, owners of The Business in London and The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and Evening News in Edinburgh.
During his career he has been UK Editor of The Economist, Editor of The Sunday Times, Executive Chairman of Sky Television, Executive Editor of Fox Television News of America and a leading anchorman on British political television programmes.
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His first job (1971-72) was as political adviser to the Secretary of State for the Environment in Edward Heath’s Conservative Government in London . He then became a correspondent for The Economist in 1973, where his first major assignment was to cover the Ulster “Troubles” from Belfast . Andrew became American correspondent of The Economist in 1979, working out of New York and Washington . He covered the Iranian hostage crisis and the 1980 presidential election as White House correspondent for the magazine and also wrote on Wall Street and US business. He returned to London in 1982 to become UK Editor of The Economist.
In 1983 he became editor of the prestigious Sunday Times of London and remained in that post for 11 years (until end-1994). He developed the newspaper into the undisputed 10-section market leader (which it remains today), breaking many scoops and putting the paper into the midst of many controversies in the process.
While still editing The Sunday Times, Neil presided over the successful launch of Sky Television, the new satellite service that brought multi-channel TV to Britain . Within a year Sky had already reached 1m homes. Today Sky, now BSkyB, is one of the most successful television ventures in the world. His task of launching Sky and seeing it through its first difficult year completed, Neil returned to being a full-time editor. He had been Executive Chairman of Sky from 1988 to 1990.
Then, in the summer of 1994, Neil was seconded to New York to become executive editor of Fox TV’s first tentative steps into network news.
In late 1994, with Fox uncertain of its plans, he resigned from both The Sunday Times and Fox Television to begin a new career as an independent broadcaster, writer and media consultant
While at The Economist, Neil began appearing regularly on British television and radio. In 1975 he presented the first network documentary special on North Sea oil for BBC TV. This led to presenting “Tomorrow’s World”, a BBC TV network science and technology series, the “Risk Business”, a BBC award-winning documentary series about business, and “Look Here”, a weekly media show for the ITV network. Neil also commented regularly on economic and political matters for a variety of programmes, including BBC TV’s “Nationwide” and BBC Radio 4’s “Today”.