Conrad Black to appear on Have I Got News For You

Former Daily Telegraph owner to guest on BBC panel show just months after his release from prison


Conrad Black, the former owner of the Daily Telegraph, is to appear on the satirical BBC panel show Have I Got News For You just months after being released from prison.


The media mogul was convicted of defrauding investors and obstructing the course of justice in 2007.  He was released from a Florida jail in May 2012 after serving 37 months.

Black was at one time the third-largest newspaper magnate in the world, and his company Hollinger International owned titles including the American Chicago Sun Times, Israeli Jerusalem Post and Canadian National Post, in addition to the Daily Telegraph.

Canadian-born Black, who was given a British peerage in 2001, will appear alongside Only Connect’s Victoria Coren on an edition of the show hosted by comedian Alexander Armstrong.

While Black is bound to be the butt of jokes from Private Eye editor Ian Hislop and comic Paul Merton about his colourful life and career, the fallen news baron is renowned for his scathing one-liners about rivals and critics, and should be able to give as good as he gets.


The episode of HIGNFY featuring Black will be aired on Friday 26 October.