John Humphrys thinks he’s an “over-friendly, timid and nervous” interviewer

It's safe to say the Today programme's grand inquisitor has a slightly different view of himself to many of his interviewees...

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“Stubborn”, “hard-nosed”, “grand inquisitor” – all phrases that have been used to describe John Humphrys, none of which call to mind the concepts “timid”, “nervous” or “over-friendly”.

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Yet apparently the latter rather than the former are how the Today host sees his interviewing style.

“I think I’m possibly over-friendly. A little timid and nervous,” says Humphrys in the new issue of Radio Times magazine. “I’m always worried I might upset someone. If anything, I err on the side of obsequious.”

Perhaps Humphrys’ victims – sorry, guests – should think themselves lucky they’re getting the nice version…

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Read interviews with John Humphrys and all your favourite radio stars in the new issue of Radio Times, in the shops and via Apple Newsstand from Tuesday