Last updated on: 12/23/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

John Humphrys Biography

Title:
British Broadcasting Corporation radio and television host
Position:
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“So here is a suggestion. Let’s legalise the lot. Let us say to professional sportsmen and women the following. If you want to use drugs, that’s fine – just so long as we know. If you want to turn yourselves into muscle-bound freaks who look like Leipzig weightlifters circa 1970, feel free. If you want to shorten your life span in so doing, that is your choice. You know the risks – and if you don’t, you’d better start finding out… As for the real sport of athletics, the sport loved by millions who watch and millions who take part without popping any pills stronger than a Smartie, it could manage perfectly well alongside the freak show… You might say this is nonsense – and you would be right. It is only misty-eyed romantics like me who yearn for a return to the golden days of amateur athletics.”

“Let’s Legalise Drugs in Sport and See What Happens,” Sunday Times, Oct. 26, 2003

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Radio Host, Today, Radio 4, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), 1986-present
  • Presenter, On the Record, BBC One, 1993-present
  • Recipient, Sony Gold Medal, 2003
  • Presenter, Nine O’Clock News, BBC, 1981-1987
  • Reporter-Correspondent, BBC, 1966-1980
  • Lead Columnist, The Sunday Times
  • Awarded, Political Journalist of the Year, Channel 4 Parliamentary Awards
  • Awarded, Radio Personality of the Year, Variety Club of Great Britain
  • Awarded, Journalist of the Year, Media Society
Education:
  • None found
Other:
  • First full-time BBC TV correspondent in the US
  • Owner of an organic farm, plays the cello, and crusades against the use of Americanisms in the English language
Quoted in:
  1. Would Allowing Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sports Decrease Fan Turnout, Revenue, and Corporate Sponsorship?