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Alma mater
Christ Church, Oxford;Falmouth University

Known for
Health editor of BBC News

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Hugh Pym guest lecture - the 2008 banking crisis.

Hugh Ruthven Pym (born 18 October 1959) is a British journalist and author. He is the Health Editor for BBC News.


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Interview with BBC Health Editor Hugh Pym, Cambridge, 24 October 2015

Early life and education

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Hugh Pym was born in 1959. He was educated at Marlborough College, an independent school in Marlborough, Wiltshire. He went on to study Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Christ Church, Oxford. He graduated Bachelor of Arts (BA) in 1981. He undertook post-graduate study in Broadcast Journalism at Falmouth University and graduated Master of Arts (MA).

His great-grandfather was Walter Pym, a bishop, and hence his great-uncle was Leslie Ruthven Pym, a Conservative MP, whose son was Francis Pym, Baron Pym, who was notably Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs during the Falklands War. His grandfather was Leslie's brother Thomas Wentworth Pym, a vicar.

Life and career

A financial and political journalist Pym has been one of the leading commentators on the banking crisis and the British economic recession. He now works for the BBC. Pym was a BBC radio journalist from 1986 to 1987, then producer of Business Daily at Channel 4, 1987–1988, correspondent with ITN, 1988–1998, and a freelance broadcaster with Sky Television in 1999-2000. He was a BBC special correspondent covering Economics until 2008, when he took on the role of acting Economics Editor during the maternity leave of Stephanie Flanders. Following her return, he became the BBC's Chief Economics Correspondent, a newly created role. When she left the BBC in late 2013 he took over again as Acting Editor. In March 2014 he was appointed as Health Editor.

Pym has published four books: What Happened? And Other Questions About the Credit Crunch (co-author with Nick Kochan), A Study Of Gordon Brown's First Year in Office as Chancellor of the Exchequer (also co-written with Nick Kochan). In the 2001 General election Pym stood as Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate in the North Wiltshire constituency. His latest book is Inside the Banking Crisis (published by Bloomsbury 2014).

Personal life

Hugh Pym is married with three children and is an Elder in the Church of Scotland.


  • The Guinness Affair: Anatomy of a Scandal (London, Christopher Helm Publishers, 1987, ISBN 978-0-7470-2605-1), with Nick Kochan
  • Unit and Investment Trusts (Allied Dunbar Money Guides) (London, Sweet & Maxwell, 1988, ISBN 978-0-85121-383-5)
  • Gordon Brown: The First Year in Power (London, Bloomsbury, 1998, ISBN 978-0-7475-3701-4), with Nick Kochan
  • "Inside the Banking Crisis" (London, Bloomsbury, 2014, ISBN 978-1-4729-0-2870)
  • References

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