Rory Cellan-Jones Biography
Rory Cellan-Jones is a media personality working as the BBC Technology Correspondent. Previously, he was the business correspondent. On August 3, 2021, he announced that he will be leaving the BBC in late October. Cellan-Jones joined the BBC in 1981 as a researcher on ‘Look North’ in Leeds.
Rory Cellan-Jones Age
He was born on January 17, 1958 in London, United Kingdom. He is 63 years old as at 2021.
Rory Cellan-Jones Height
He is tall in stature although his exact height is undisclosed.
Rory Cellan-Jones Nationality
Cellan-Jones is British by nationality.
Rory Cellan-Jones Education
Between 1967 and 1976, Rory studied at Dulwich College, an independent school for boys in Dulwich, South London. In 1981, he graduated from Jesus College, University of Cambridge with a Bachelor of Arts in Modern and Medieval Languages. He also earned automatic MA in 1984 from Jesus College, University of Cambridge.
Rory Cellan-Jones Parents and Siblings
Born in London, Rory is the son of James Cellan Jones and Sylvia Rich. His father was a BBC TV director and film director. He was also Head of Plays at BBC Television, chairman of BAFTA and chairman of the Directors Guild of Great Britain. While his mother was a BBC secretary.
Rory was born out of wedlock and only got acquainted with his father’s family in his adulthood. Prior to his father’s marriage to Margot Eavis, a Television editor and production manager, in 1959 he had an affair with his mother.
On August 30, 2019, his father died aged 88 following a stroke.
Cellan-Jones’ half siblings are; two brothers, Simon Cellan Jones, a film director; and Deiniol Cellan Jones, a barrister who died in November 2013; and a sister, Lavinia Cellan Jones.
Rory Cellan-Jones Wife and Kids
Cellan-Jones is married to Diane Coyle. His wife is an economist and an author. She is also the former advisor to the UK Treasury. Diane was vice-chairman of the BBC Trust, the governing body of the British Broadcasting Corporation, as well as a member of the UK Competition Commission from 2001 until 2019. Since March 2018, she has been the Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge, co-directing the Bennett Institute.
The couple have two sons and live in West Ealing, London. They also have a granddaughter.
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Cellan-Jones is the BBC Technology Correspondent. He started his career with the BBC in 1981 as a researcher on ‘Look North’ in Leeds. After moving to London to work in the TV newsroom for three years, Rory made his debut on-screen role for BBC Wales Today in Cardiff. He later returned to London to become a reporter on BBC Breakfast.
Later on, he quickly transferred to covering business and industry working across the network on programmes such as the Money Programme, Newsnight, the Today Programme, the Ten O Clock News and Working Lunch. The stories he has covered have ranged from Black Wednesday and the Maxwell trial to the dot com bubble and the rise of Google.
In 2000, Cellan-Jones was the BBC’s Internet Correspondent, and following the ‘dot com’ crash of 2000, he wrote the book “Dot.bomb“. Dot.bomb covers the histories of the big names of the frenzy and the free-fall of the dot.com market. The parallels with Silicon Valley and the US.com revolution are drawn gently. The stars, financiers, investors and market experts who contributed to the heady days are portrayed as they seemed then and as they look with hindsight.
Since January 2007, Rory has been the BBC’s Technology Correspondent with the job of expanding the BBC’s coverage of new media and telecoms, and the cultural impact of the Internet.
On 3 August 2021, Cellan-Jones announced that he will be leaving the BBC in late October, after 40 years of employment.
Rory Cellan-Jones Publications
- Always On: Hope and Fear in the Social Smartphone Era (13 May 2021).
- With Mike Hally, Patently Absurd (Audio, 2013).
- The Secret History of Social Networking (BBC, 2012).
- Dot.Bomb: The Rise and Fall of Dot.com Britain, London (Autumn Press, 2001).
Rory Cellan-Jones Parkinson’s Disease
Cellan-Jones was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in January 2019. It was during a holiday with Diane in 2018 that his dragging foot, his first symptom became apparent, he said. On his return home, he went to see the GP, who referred him to a neurologist.
“About the same time, someone wrote to the BBC saying they had noticed my trembling hand in one of my broadcasts and suggested I get it checked,” Rory added. By then, he already had his own suspicions, so the eventual diagnosis ‘wasn’t a bolt from the blue’.
Parkinson’s disease has no cure. But Rory wasn’t shaken on hearing this considering he had been diagnosed with something worse earlier on. In 2005, he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, choroidal melanoma, growing near the retina behind his eye.
“Being told about the cancer was terrifying, and that’s why by contrast Parkinson’s didn’t seem so bad,” he said. “It didn’t appear immediately life-threatening like cancer can be.”
In trying to manage the symptoms, Cellan-Jones has a routine to follow. “The exercises I did each morning – twisting my hand from side to side, holding it out in front of me, moving my arm up and down – were similar to what my consultant makes me do on my visits every four months. The idea is that the data recorded by the sensors and the video of the session will gradually teach the AI system how to grade symptoms in the way a human doctor does.”
Rory Cellan-Jones Salary and Net Worth
His salary is under review. However, he has an estimated net worth ranging between $1 to $5 million.
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