Olly Mann is a presenter, columnist and technology commentator.
With Helen Zaltzman, he co-presents Answer Me This!, the UK's most popular independent podcast. The comedy show, now in its tenth year, has won two Sony Radio Academy Awards, a European Podcast Award, and 130,000 loyal subscribers. His men's magazine show, The Modern Mann, launched in October 2015, and has already achieved a devoted following, and critical acclaim in The Observer, The Times and FT.
Olly is the host of Radio 4's The Male Room, and has presented hundreds of hours of live radio, most recently a three-week stint covering Drive on BBC Three Counties Radio, and two weeks hosting Saturday mornings on Magic FM. From 2013-2016 he hosted his own programme on national talk station LBC, going from the overnight show - where he boosted the audience to a 20% share - to present weekend evenings. His two-part documentary, ‘Podcasting: The First Ten Years’ aired on Radio 4, and for many years he was a weekly contributor to BBC 5 Live's 'Saturday Edition'.
He is the presenter of The Media Podcast, the online talking shop for the UK’s broadcast, print and online media industries, and has also hosted The Guardian's digital culture podcast Tech Weekly, for whom he interviewed leading Silicon Valley figures including Instagram CTO Mike Kreiger and HiIlary Clinton's special advisor Alec Ross. He has chaired numerous panels and Q&As at events including The Edinburgh International Television Festival, NextRadio, WebSummit, the Midtown Big Ideas Exchange and The Nottingham Business Expo. He has also presented the Screenwriters Lectures podcasts for BAFTA.
He writes 'It's A Mann's World', the lead personality column in each issue of Reader's Digest, and has previously written regularly for Telegraph Men and The Observer. He can often be seen reviewing the papers on BBC Breakfast (BBC1), Lorraine (ITV), This Morning (ITV), Sky News and BBC News Channel.
Indulging his life-long love of gadgetry (he has no sense of direction and would literally be permanently lost had sat-nav not been invented), he is also the gadget columnist for Reader’s Digest, and has been technology correspondent for Steve Wright in the Afternoon (BBC Radio 2), British Forces News (BFBS) and The Alan Titchmarsh Show (ITV).
His other credits include The Wright Stuff (Channel 5), Britain’s Secret Shoppers (Channel 4), Jeremy Vine (Radio 2), Lauren Laverne (6 Music), Front Row (Radio 4), You & Yours (Radio 4), Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast, Adventures In Tech (CNET), What's The Story? (Radio Wales) and MacAulay and Co (Radio Scotland).
He has written for a wide range of entertainment shows including Celebrity Juice (ITV2), Sweat the Small Stuff (BBC3), Text Santa (ITV), Staying in with Greg & Russell (BBC3), Animal Antics (BBC1), and Keith’s LemonAid (ITV). He previously worked as a Producer-Director on shows including The Culture Show (BBC2) and The London Programme (ITV).
His book, Answer Me This!, is published by Faber.
Olly read English at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford. Originally hailing from Stanmore, North London, Olly now lives in Hertfordshire with wife Jenny, son Harvey, and cat Coco.