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Andrew Neil

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 25 February 2007

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the journalist Andrew Neil. For 11 years he was editor of The Sunday Times. Under him, the paper broke the story of Israel's nuclear capabilities, revealed the Queen's dismay at the tone of Margaret Thatcher's administration and shone a bright light onto the difficulties of Princess Diana and Prince Charles's marriage. But as well as reporting the news, the paper made headlines too - Andrew Neil steered The Sunday Times through its move to Wapping and the bitter and often violent dispute that followed.

Much has been made of his rise to be a figure at the heart of the establishment. A grammar school boy who went on to study at Glasgow University, he threw himself into university life; he edited the student newspaper, was a keen young debater and chairman of the Federation of Conservative Students. It seemed as if he was destined for a life in politics - but he decided he wanted to live a little first and then found that while he revelled in the political debate, the life of an MP was not for him. He is now Editor in Chief at Press Holdings and an established and authoritative political broadcaster.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: First Movement of Violin Concerto in D Major by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Book: Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
Luxury: Wind-up radio.

Music Played

8 items
  • Image for James Taylor

    James Taylor Fire and Rain

    James Taylor: Classic Songs, CBS

  • Image for Blood, Sweat & Tears

    Blood, Sweat & Tears Smiling Phases

    The Best of Blood, Sweat & Tears: What Goes Up, Columbia

  • Image for Miles Davis

    Miles Davis Concierto de Aranjuez

    Sketches of Spain, CBS

  • Image for Edward Elgar

    Edward Elgar Enigma Variations - Nimrod

    Orchestra: Montreal Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Charles Dutoit

    Enigma Variations, Decca

  • Image for Antonin Dvorak

    Antonin Dvorak Symphony No. 9 in E minor 'From the New World'

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Sir Georg Solti

    Dvorák :Symphony No 9, Decca

  • Image for Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major - 1st movement

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Conductor: Okko Kamu

    Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto/Kennedy, EMI

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Golden Slumbers & Carry That Weight

    Abbey Road, Parlophone

  • Image for Pet Shop Boys

    Pet Shop Boys Being Boring

    Behaviour, Parlophone

Credits

Presenter
Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest
Andrew Neil

Broadcasts

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