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Tim Sebastian

Former presenter of BBC HARDtalk, journalist, moderator and author

Tim Sebastian Biography

The internationally renowned Tim Sebastian was awarded a BAFTA Richard Dimbleby Award in recognition of his work as a TV journalist and has twice won the Royal Television Society Interviewer of the Year Award.

Having spent much of his career interviewing some of the world's most influential people, he is particularly well known for his former role in the BBC's flagship show 'HARDtalk' and for his reporting from Eastern Europe, Russia and the United States.

  • Journalist
  • Author
  • Former presenter of 'HARDtalk'

Speaking Style

His approachability and professionalism have enabled Tim Sebastian to interview some of the world's most famous figures. As a speaker, he combines his extensive knowledge of politics and current affairs with research into the needs of his client to create a tailored and relevant event.

In 1979, Tim Sebastian became a correspondent for the BBC, a role for which he was ideally qualified; he is dedicated and fastidious as a journalist, an exceptional interviewer and researcher and is able speak both German and Russian, abilities which continue to serve him in his career. Initially based in Warsaw and then in Moscow and Washington, his interest in international politics has seen him win a BAFTA award for his journalism (1982) and twice win the Royal Television Societys coveted Interviewer of the Year Award (2000 and 2001). An acclaimed author, much of Sebastians fictional work has been inspired by his investigations into foreign politics and international current affairs.

Continuing to pursue his interest in politics and culture in diverse societies, Sebastian is still working for the BBC as an interviewer for the broadcasters internationally acclaimed HARDtalk. Speaking to royalty, politicians and leading figures in religion, the arts and sciences, Sebastian has proved able to ask pressing questions whilst keeping his subject on side. His reputation for excellence has also seen him act as moderator for the Doha Debates, the New Arab Debates and the Outsider Debates. Now a sought after speaker working with organisations of all sizes, Tim Sebastian brings his knowledge and experience to his clients, researching specific requirements to ensure his events have the intended impact.

Born and raised in London, Sebastian attended Westminster School before going to Oxford Universitys New College, where he gained a B.A. in modern languages. In 1974, he graduated with a diploma in Journalism studies at Cardiff University.

Positions and Honours

  • Interviewer of the Year Award – Royal Television Society (2001)
  • Interviewer of the Year Award – Royal Television Society (2000)
  • Richard Dimbleby Award – British Academy of Film and Television Arts (1982)
  • Television Journalist of the Year – Royal Television Society (1982)

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