Jeremy Hayes holds an M.A in Mental Philosophy from Edinburgh University. He joined BBC News in 1987 after many years as a freelance reporter for the consumer affairs programme You & Yours.He is currently Senior Output Editor for The World Tonight, Radio 4's evening news and current affairs programme. The programnme has taken him to national capitals for election coverage, around Europe for EU summit meetings as well as party conferences in the UK which he has covered for twenty years. His programme on October 16th 1998 is credited with forcing the hands of the authorities leading to the arrest of General Augusto Pinochet. In August 2006 in the absence of a parliamentary emergency debate on the crisis in the Lebanon, despite many calls from backbenchers, he organised and produced a two hour debate with MPs according to House of Commons rules which was broadcast in edited form on Radio 4 and continuously online (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/news/recall_parliament.shtml). His programme on the demise of the Rover car company (March 8th 2005) won a Bronze Sony award in 2006 for breaking news. He has also worked on the Today programme, BBC 4 News and BBC World TV.