Adam Shaw

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Adam Shaw is one of the most recognisable faces of business journalism on television. He currently presents the BBC World News series, Horizons. Now in its sixth series, the show looks at how new technologies will change the way we live in future decades. It's one of the most watched shows on BBC World and is seen by millions across the globe each week. During his career and for this series he has interviewed most of the chief executives of the world’s biggest companies – from Bill Ford to Bill Gates.

Adam also regularly presents ITV’s Tonight programme – Britain’s best watched current affairs series – and he can frequently be heard presenting Radio 4’s Money Box and Money Box Live. He has previously presented many editions of BBC One’s Panorama, was the senior business presenter on Radio 4’s Today programme and presented Radio 4’s Financial World Tonight and Radio 5’s Wake Up To Money. For many years he was one of the key presenting faces of the hit long-running BBC Two series Working Lunch.

For ITV Adam also presented two light hearted series'– Cook Me The Money which looked at the drama behind setting up a pop up restaurant for the day and Drive To Buy which took couples on a property buying tour of the UK.

Adam’s reporting and presenting has won him many awards:

  • Association of Investment Companies - Best Broadcast Journalist of the Year
  • Association of British Insurers – Financial Broadcaster of the Year
  • Plain English Campaign - Broadcaster of the Year
  • Proshare  - Personality of the Year
  • Institute of Financial Accountants - Award for Today programme’s best business coverage

In addition to his passion for demystifying the complicated world of finances and business, Adam has a keen interest in the theatre and, as a young actor, even spent a season at the Royal Shakespeare Company. He was the presenter of The Dame Game for the BBC which looked at the history of pantomime and the Pantomime Dame. He presented and wrote Tutus and Tiaras for BBC 2/News 24 in which BBC cameras were allowed behind the scenes of the English National Ballet looking at a year in their life, as the company tried to find the finance for and produce their latest version of the Nutcracker which was designed by Gerald Scarfe.

In addition to his work on television and radio, Adam has written for a number of newspapers including the Independent, Mail on Sunday and the Metro. He has written and co-authored a number of books: Political Rhubarb, Money and How to Make More of It, Managing Credit and Investing Basics.

Adam also chairs conferences and seminars and is a highly skilled conference facilitator and after dinner speaker. He has a wealth of experience hosting events and award ceremonies, both at home and abroad.

He tweets as @AdamShawBiz

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Adam Shaw is an award winning financial reporter and presenter.

He is one of the best known financial faces on television and radio. He currently presents the BBC World News series, Horizons and has presented many Panoramas for BBC One and Drive to Buy on ITV. He is regularly on BBC1's The One Show and for many years presented BBC Two's Working Lunch.

He has also been the business presenter of the BBC’s flagship news and current affairs programme, the Today Programme, which is listened to by 7 million people every day.

In November 2011 he won the Financial Broadcaster of the Year award, presented by the ABI, which represents major investors and insurers.

He has interviewed most of the chief executives of the UK’s biggest companies. His reporting and presenting has won him many awards. In addition to his most recent award, The Plain English Campaign made him their Broadcaster of the Year. He was awarded the Best Broadcast Journalist of the Year by the Association of Investment Companies'. His business coverage on the Today programme won the Best Business Radio Programme award from the Institute of Financial Accountants. In addition to that, he was twice made the Proshare personality of the year for his work in reporting on the world of shares and investments.

Adam regularly speaks at, chairs and facilitates corporate events and receives consistently high praise for his work.

Adam Shaw

Recent testimonials include:

Moderating the GLOBAL G.A.P Summit
We had a very successful SUMMIT last week and Adam did a great job as moderator. We've exclusively received positive feedback and compliments. 

Moderating Zurich Insurance Managers Conference
I just wanted to say a big thank you for what you did for us yesterday. I've had so much fantastic feedback about the sessions you were involved with and the great job you did in pulling everything together. You met the brief 110%, in that you were engaging and relevant, and injected a much needed element of humour into an insurance conference. Thank you so much Adam for all the hard work you invested - a huge success!

Moderate Nordea Markets Offshore and Sipping Conference
The day went very well, and Adam Shaw was incredible! We would thank to thank him (again) so much for his outstanding performance!

Moderator and Interviewer at XBRL Conference
We engaged Adam to sit down and interview an extremely senior executive from a major Silicon Valley firm in a fireside chat format for our annual members' conference. We also arranged for him to conduct a number of video interviews with policy makers and business people.

Somewhat after midnight Copenhagen time the night before this address, we received a message from our keynote speaker: he had an $8B problem that had just blown up in his face and was stuck in the US dealing with investors and the markets. He'd be unable to join us.

Adam was unperturbed and – having offering to tap dance for our audience – instead moderated a panel made up of senior people drawn from our attendees. The feedback was fantastic!

Adam challenged our panellists, making the interactions much more interesting. He was engaged and intense, friendly and dealt with a complex global technology topic adroitly.

We appreciated the time that Adam spent with us before our event to get up to speed and the time he spent independently researching our field of endeavour.

The video interviews were substantially enhanced by Adam's professionalism and calm way of putting interview subjects at their ease.

We had fabulous feedback about Adam from our audience – they were impressed and were very clear about the extent to which his clear presentation manner and intelligent questioning enhanced our event.

Thank you Adam!

Moderating KNAUF Insulation Conference 
He was excellent and completely exceeded our expectations.

Facilitating Group Conference for 5000 Internal Staff of high street bank
Adam was great, we were very happy working with him. He was calm, obliging, flexible and dealt smoothly with several last minute curve balls on delegate logistics. So, from our perspective a pleasure to work with and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him for future events.

Speech at Market Gravity Awards
It was an excellent evening enjoyed by all. We received many spontaneous compliments for Adam’s excellent talk from the guests. Everyone agreed it was a winning combination of humour, business insight and a uniquely global perspective that prompted fresh thinking. We would be very happy to recommend him as a speaker.

Host, Fast Growth Business Awards
Adam is a pleasure to work with. He made my job as project manager easy. During the night he got the audience involved and was amazing on stage. This is the second time in a row Crimson have had Adam host our awards.

Speech at Durham Business School
Excellent delivery with an interesting way of getting the sometimes hard going content across. Adam was a very friendly approachable guy who was willing to help us out with other aspects of our event.The audience response was very positive and his speech was well received. It was a great way to end the event. We would definitely recommend Adam for any speaking engagement.

Host, Question Time for Entrepreneurs at the British Library
Thank you for hosting last week’s event. The feedback has been exceptionally positive. Thank you for lending your skills to encourage such a lively debate and for enabling us to host such a fascinating evening. 

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