Ben Preston

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Ben Preston
Born (1963-09-24) 24 September 1963 (age 55)
Crosby, Lancashire, England
Residence Camberwell, London, England
Nationality British
Education Alleyn's School
Alma mater University of Bristol
City University
Occupation Magazine editor, journalist
Spouse(s) Janice Turner
Children 2 sons
Parent(s) Peter Preston

James Ben Preston (born 24 September 1963[1]) is a British journalist. He is an executive editor of The Sunday Times and a former editor of the Radio Times.[2]

Early life

His father was Peter Preston, editor of The Guardian from 1975–95, and his wife Jean Burrell; he has a brother and two sisters. Preston attended Alleyn's School in Dulwich, London. At the University of Bristol he studied Politics.[3] He gained an MA in journalism from London's City University.


He began his career in 1987, working on local newspapers (Bristol Evening Post). He worked later for the Press Association as education correspondent before joining The Times. He was The Times deputy editor from 2000 to 2008 and Acting Editor for nine months. Subsequently, he was Executive Editor at The Independent from 2008.[2]

On 17 June 2009, it was announced that he had been appointed as Editor of Radio Times.[4] He was awarded Editors' Editor in the 2016 BSME awards. He remained at the Radio Times until early 2017. In March 2017, it was announced that he had been appointed as an Executive Editor of The Sunday Times.[2]

Personal life

Preston is married to The Times columnist Janice Turner. He is a cyclist and a Millwall supporter. He lives in Camberwell, and has two sons.


  1. ^ "Birthdays". The Guardian. Guardian News & Media. 24 Sep 2014. p. 41.
  2. ^ a b c Ponsford, Dominic (7 March 2017). "Radio Times editor Ben Preston joining Sunday Times as executive editor". Press Gazette. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  3. ^ Bristol, University of. "School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies - School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies - University of Bristol".
  4. ^ "BBC - Press Office - BBC Magazines appoints Ben Preston as Radio Times editor".

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Preceded by
Gill Hudson
Editor: Radio Times
Succeeded by
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