Hugo Rifkind

'Never less than funny; always more than funny.' - Matthew Parris

Hugo Rifkind is a columnist and leader writer for The Times, he writes a weekly opinion column and My Week, a diary parody. He also writes columns for The Spectator and GQ.

He hosts a weekly show on Times Radio, an entertaining talk show with guests on news and culture, Saturdays 10am-1pm. He is also a frequent panellist on BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz, and is an occasional speaker on TV shows such as Question Time (BBC1).

Hugo is an accomplished after dinner speaker and moderator, his specialisms include current affairs, foreign politics, culture, books and literary events, technology, and social media.

His first novel, ‘Overexposure’, based around a showbiz reporter, published in 2006 was well received “Rifkind has a cheeky sense of humour, and has successfully pulled together a fast-moving and entertaining little comic novel. Like all decent comedy, it’s near the knuckle, too.” (Independent)

(photo credits with The Times)

  • Winner laurel2 Press Awards
  • Winner laurel3 Comment Awards
  • Winner laurelStonewall Award
  • Winner laurelEditorial Intelligence Comment Awards Columnist of the Year
  • The News Quiz BBC R4
  • Question Time BBC1
  • Hugo Rifkind's Search For Power BBC R4
  • We were delighted to have Hugo as our speaker. He was great company and enthralled a large and potentially noisy audience with a topical and entertaining speech. If we had the opportunity, we would use him again and I would definitely recommend him to others.Home Builders Federation Midlands Dinner 2023

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