John Timpson

1928 - 2005

A former newspaper journalist, John fronted the Today programme between 1970 and 1986, initially joining Jack de Manio as the show's first co-presenter.
Shortly afterwards, he was paired with Brian Redhead to establish what would become radio's classic ‘double headed’ presentation team.

Timpson and Readhead moved the show to a new level with a style that was later described as the radio equivalent of 'good cop, bad cop'.

Timpson also chaired Any Questions? for a few years before retiring to write books and make occasional television appearances.