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Ian Hislop on his Life, Career and The Power of Satire

Britain's leading satirist discusses his upbringing, his career and the power of satire and comedy to strip away the lies of the powerful

Ian Hislop is Britain’s leading satirist. As editor of Private Eye magazine since 1986 and as a team captain on the BBC show Have I Got News for You for the past 28 years, he has skewered probably every British politician, prominent business leader and self-important public figure alive. He is frequently extremely funny – but can turn deadly serious when the misdeeds of well-known people are beyond a joke. For his quick wit, his truth-telling and his equal opportunity laceration he has long been considered a national treasure.

In this live podcast recording of How I Found My Voice with Samira Ahmed, Hislop talked about his upbringing, his career and the power of satire and comedy to strip away the lies of the powerful.


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Ian Hislop

Editor of Private Eye magazine


Writer, journalist and broadcaster. He is editor of Private Eye magazine and a regular team captain on the BBC show Have I Got News for You. He has written and presented numerous television and radio documentaries on topics ranging from fake news to a history of tax.
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Samira Ahmed

Journalist, writer and broadcaster


One of the most recognised voices in British broadcasting. Her work spans news and the arts – from working as a reporter and presenter on Channel 4 News to presenting the Proms. She presents Front Row on BBC Radio 4 and Newswatch on BBC One.