Presenter, BBC Radio 4
John Wilson was born in London in 1965. He works as a journalist and broadcaster, presenting programmes and series on BBC Radio 4. Best known as one of the presenters of Front Row since it started in 1998, he reports on all aspects of arts and cultural affairs, with a special interest in music and the visual arts.
He has interviewed some of the biggest names in popular music, including Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Elton John, Kate Bush, Quincy Jones, Ray Davies, Neil Young, Lou Reed and U2, all of which were for special editions of Front Row.
John has also reported from China and Iran on cultural affairs. Other special editions of Front Row have included his interviews with artist Sir Peter Blake, architect Norman Foster and singer Tony Bennett.
John Wilson also hosts Radio 4’s interview series Meeting Myself Coming Back, the guests for which have included Rev. Jesse Jackson, Bob Geldof, Lord Heseltine and Germaine Greer. Other shows on the network include the obituary series Last Word, The Sports Programme, Profile, The Cultural State, Top Of The Class and Pick Of The Week, and – on BBC World Service – The Ticket and Culture Shock.
He has presented BBC2’s Newsnight Review, has written about art and cultural issues for numerous publications including The Observer, The New Statesman and The Art Newspaper. John worked with the singer-songwriter Paul Weller in compiling and editing Suburban 100, an anthology of Weller’s lyrics.
John Wilson lives with his wife and children in north London and is a lifelong Arsenal supporter.
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