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Jolyon Jenkins

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Jolyon Jenkins (born 1961) is a British journalist, radio producer, and presenter.


Jolyon Jenkins received education at University of Bristol (1980-83) where he achieved a first-class degree in Philosophy. He went on to study journalism at the City University, London.[1] 

Print journalism career[edit]

After a brief period as an immigration officer[2] he worked at the New Statesman latterly New Statesman and Society (1986-1992) finishing as Deputy Editor. After moving into freelance broadcast journalism, he joined the BBC in 1999 as a documentary radio producer and presenter. At the New Statesman he worked closely with investigative journalist Duncan Campbell where he researched the BBC “Secret Society” series,[3][4] including an episode and magazine article that led to the revelation of the secret Zircon spy satellite. As a result of the expose, Jenkins’ home was raided[5] and he was questioned under caution by Special Branch officers under the Official Secrets Act, though no charges resulted.

He also appeared in another episode of the series where he spoke of his previous time in the immigration service.[6] He was also co-author of an article[7] that revealed the identity of MI5 officer Stella Rimington who was at the time head of F2 Branch dealing with domestic subversion.  She later became director-general of the organization, the first such office holder to be publicly named.

Television career[edit]

In 1992 Jenkins reported a Channel 4 Dispatches episode, “Bordering on Big Brother”. He produced the BBC2 current affairs series “Compass” from 1997-98, reported the BBC2 series “Anxiety Attack” and in 1999 was the reporter on BBC2 documentary “The Lost Race”[8] about the rise and fall of the National Front.

Radio career[edit]

Jenkins was a long-running reporter on the investigative BBC Radio 4 current affairs series File on 4, where he won several awards including Technology Journalist of the Year in 1994, the Medical journalists’ association “Medical journalist of the year” in 1996 and 2002,[9] and a Sony Radio Academy bronze award in 1995.

Since joining the BBC as a staff producer he has produced and presented numerous investigative documentaries and series including the long-running series Out Of The Ordinary[10].

He now works closely with fellow BBC producer Polly Weston to produce The Patch.[11]

  1. "Listings 1984-1986". 26: 71. 17 April 2012 – via The magazine for journalism alumni of City University London.
  2. Jolyon Jenkins, “Keeping Britain Insular”, New Statesman 26 October 1984
  3. "How Zircon was launched" (PDF). New Statesman: 14–15. 13 February 1987.
  4. "The cost of Zircon" (PDF). New Statesman: 13–15. 27 February 1987.
  5. "Zircon: Why MPs didn't want to know" (PDF). New Statesman: 10–12. 11 December 1987.
  6. "1. The databank dossier" (PDF). New Statesman. 24 April 1987.
  7. "The MI5 affair: can the spooks be trusted?" (PDF). New Statesman: 14–15. 5 December 1986.
  8. Lewis, Ben; Klein, Richard (1999-03-24), The Lost Race (Documentary), Jolyon Jenkins, Phil Andrews, Brent Cheetham, Geoff Dixon, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), BBC Radio 2, retrieved 2021-05-04
  9. "UK: Independent on Sunday journalist wins prestigious medical journalism awards". 2002-11-27. Retrieved 2021-05-04.
  10. "BBC Radio 4 - Out of the Ordinary". BBC. Retrieved 2021-09-23.
  11. "The week in audio: The Patch; The Grand Scheme: Snatching Sinatra; Forever Is a Long Time". the Guardian. 2021-08-14. Retrieved 2021-09-23.

Private life[edit]

Jenkins is an inventor of magic tricks[1] and the father of YouTuber Joe Jenkins.


  1. "Biographies Page HIJ". Retrieved 2021-05-04.

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