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 10 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. He now covers technology for television, radio and the BBC website. He also blogs regularly and is a prolific tweeter – you can follow him at @ruskin147 or @BBCRoryCJ. In 2014, he began presenting a new weekly programme Tech Tent on the BBC World Service.
Rory’s first book DOT BOMB, a critically acclaimed account of Britain’s dot com bubble, was published by Aurum in 2001. In 2021, ALWAYS ON: HOPE AND FEAR IN THE SOCIAL SMARTPHONE ERA described by Stephen Fry as ‘delightfully insightful and intensely readable’ was published by Bloomsbury.
Rory is currently writing a memoir of his parents’ relationship and his unique childhood RUSKIN PARK: SYLVIA, ME AND THE BBC which will be launched by September Publishing in Autumn 2023.
Rory studied Modern and Medieval Languages at Jesus College, Cambridge, and worked in Paris and Berlin before entering journalism. He is married with two sons, and lives in Ealing in West London.