BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.
Rory Cellan-Jones has been a reporter for the BBC for thirty years, covering business and technology stories for much of that time.
He joined the BBC as a researcher on Look North in 1981, moving to London to work as a producer in the TV Newsroom and on Newsnight. His on-screen career began as reporter for Wales Today in Cardiff, from where he moved to London as a reporter on Breakfast Time. He quickly transferred to business coverage, working across the BBC’s output from the Money Programme to Newsnight, from the Today programme to the Ten O Clock News. The stories he has covered range from Black Wednesday and the Maxwell trial to the dot com bubble and the rise of Google.
At the beginning of 2007 he was appointed Technology Correspondent with a brief to expand the BBC’s coverage of the impact of the internet on business and society. His first big story was the unveiling of the iPhone by Steve Jobs in San Francisco. In 2014, he began presenting a new weekly programme Tech Tent on the BBC World Service.
In 2001 his first book Dot Bomb, a critically acclaimed account of Britain’s dot com bubble, was published. In 2021 Always On: Hope and Fear in the Social Smartphone Era documented his experiences reporting on the smartphone era. It was described by Stephen Fry as “delightfully insightful and intensely readable.”
In recent years he has investigated the role technology can play in improving the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease, having been diagnosed with the condition in 2019. He recently announced that after 40 years he would be leaving the BBC at the end of October 2021.
You can find out more at https://rorycellanjones.substack.com/
1. Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jul/01/small-pleasures-by-clare-chambers-review-a-suburban-mystery
2. The Backroom Boys by Francis Spufford https://www.faber.co.uk/9780571214976-backroom-boys.html
3. Eben Upton https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-54782255
4. BBC Radio 4 Six’o’Clock News https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qjxt
5. Acquired https://www.acquired.fm/
6. The Cardigan Show https://cardigancountyshow.org.uk/