JOHN Humphrys, 74, is a well-respected journalist and television host who was last year named as the highest-paid news presenter at the BBC.
The Welsh broadcaster is best known for heading up BBC Radio 4's Today show and Mastermind, but read on to discover how he rose up the ranks of the corporation and what he earns.
Born in the Splott area of Cardiff on 17th August 1943, John grew up with four siblings and attended Cardiff High School, a grammar school, after passing his eleven plus.
At the age of 15 he began his journalism career, and worked as a reporter for local newspaper the Penarth Times, before joining Western Mail, which covers Wales and its border counties. The first time he appeared on television was for Television Wales and the West.
In 1966 he joined the BBC, working as a reporter in Liverpool and its surrounding areas. From there he rose up the ranks of the corporation to work as a foreign correspondent in locations such as the United States and South Africa.
Returning to the UK in 1980, he became head presenter on the BBC's Nine O'Clock News in 1981, and in 1987 he began hosting BBC Radio 4's Today show.
The radio regular has three children but is not currently married.
After marrying Edna Wilding in 1964, the couple had a son and a daughter, Christopher and Catherine. They separated in the 1980s, shortly before Edna passed away from cancer.
He then had a third child in 2000, son Owen, with his partner at the time, newsreader Valerie Sanderson.
Since then he has dated Observer columnist Catherine Bennett, and last year was linked to Sarah Butler-Sloss, the daughter of supermarket billionaire Lord Sainsbury who is 21 years his junior.
In April 2017, John was named as the the BBC's second-highest paid journalist – and best paid news presenter – after the corporation published the salaries of stars who earn over £150,000.
Of his £600,000 salary, John told BBC Newsnight he was unable to explain why it was so high and that it has gradually increased over the more than 50 years he has worked for the BBC.
Before an episode of the Today programme on 8th January 2018, John Humphrys and co-host John Sopel joked about the gender pay gap in an unaired chat about Carrie Gracie, who quit as the BBC's China editor over pay.
John could be heard saying to Jon in the recording: "The first question will be how much of your salary you are prepared to hand over to Carrie Gracie to keep her and then a few comments about your other colleagues, you know, like our Middle East Editor and the other men who are earning too much…"
At another point he said: " I could volunteer that I’ve handed over already more than you f****** earn but I’m still left with more than anybody else and that seems to me to be entirely just – something like that would do it?"
The exchange was leaked to Miriam O'Reilly who won an ageism case against the BBC for axing her from Countryfile in 2011.
In response, BBC bosses were said to be "deeply unimpressed" and a BBC spokeswoman said in a statement: "This was an ill-advised off-air conversation which the presenter regrets".
When asked about the conversation by The Sun, John said: “It was just silly banter between old mates.”
On 12th January, today show listeners expressed fury as the veteran presenter chose not to address the controversial comments.
In addition to the Today show, John presented On the Record, a BBC political television show, from 1993 to 2002.
From 2003 he has hosted the popular quiz show Mastermind, and he has also presented occasional episodes of Panorama.
He courted controversy in 2004 when he criticised the increasing violence shown in soaps, and at the same time claimed that television was being dumbed down.
In 2009 he embarrassed the BBC by saying his large Mastermind pay check was "money for old rope".