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Ian Hislop (born July 13, 1960) is the editor of British satirical magazine Private Eye. He is also a comedy script writer, writing for Harry Enfield (providing the Tim Nicebutdim character), Spitting Image and My Dad's the Prime Minister.
He was born in Mumbles, south Wales. Educated at Ardingly College and then Magdalen College, Oxford he graduated with a degree in English literature in 1981. He joined Private Eye in 1981 and became editor in 1986 upon the departure of Richard Ingrams.
In his role as editor of Private Eye Ian Hislop has the dubious distinction of being the most sued man in English legal history. The most famous libel case involving him and Private Eye was brought by the corrupt publishing magnate Robert Maxwell. After the case he quipped: "I've just given a fat cheque to a fat Czech." Ordered to pay massive damages after being sued for libelling Sonia Sutcliffe , wife of Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, Hislop told reporters waiting outside the High Court "If that was justice then I'm a banana."
After surviving the financial trials of such libel payouts (Sutcliffe's was dropped to just £60,000 on appeal), Private Eye and Hislop's reputations were greatly restored after it was revealed that what they had written about Maxwell was not only true but only a small part of the wider misdemeanours in Maxwell's empire.
He has also presented TV and radio shows including one on the history of British education. Recently he has also written and presented factual programmes for Radio 4 about such subjects as tax rebellions, female hymn composers and patron saints of the British Isles.
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