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...


“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”.


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…


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