Oggy Boytchev | Former BBC World Affairs Producer & Author

Oggy Boytchev is a celebrated BBC journalist and producer who has covered the majority of international conflicts over the last 30 years, often with the BBC’s World Affairs Editor, John Simpson.



* Media Comment, Expert Opinion & Interviews

Oggy’s extensive experience positions him as one of the world’s foremost authorities on war journalism. He is uniquely placed to discuss and comment on: - The impact of conflict on individuals, societies, and global politics. - The practical and ethical challenges of war reporting - How media organisations can objectively cover conflicts while maintaining integrity and the safety of their staff Oggy is available for appearances, commercial opportunities, and media opinion pieces. His presence and involvement adds depth and credibility to discussions on war journalism, enriching the discourse and broadening perspectives on the realities of reporting from the frontlines of conflict.

* Book & Film Rights

The rights to Oggy’s literary works are available through The Double Agents. These works include his upcoming novel ‘The Istanbul Connection’, a spy thriller set during the Iraq War (as yet unpublished); ‘BULLION – The Mystery of Gaddafi’s Gold’ (self-published on Amazon [2023], publisher and film/TV rights available); ‘Simpson & I’ [2014], and ‘The Unbeliever’ [2018] (formerly published by Quartet Books, publisher rights now available).

* Public Speaking Engagements

oggy is available for a variety of in-person and virtual speaking engagements. Enquiries and bookings can be made through our speaking agency, BubbleandSqueak.London


Oggy Boytchev made a dramatic escape from behind the Iron Curtain in Bulgaria in January 1986. The same year he joined the BBC World Service in London as a journalist and newsreader at the Bulgarian Section before moving to Radio 4 and later to BBC TV. In a career spanning 30 years he would later cover the majority of international conflicts since the late 1980s. He has produced television news reports and documentaries from more than forty countries and the world’s major war zones.
His critically-acclaimed book ‘Simpson & I‘ lifts the lid on the untold stories behind the headlines and documents some of the most memorable reports to appear on BBC News. It chronicles Oggy’s turbulent relationship with the BBC’s World Affairs Editor, John Simpson. As his producer, Oggy worked side by side with him in some of the world’s most dangerous places on earth. Simpson calls the book “a delightful account of our cooperation on the road.” The book hit the international headlines following its release in 2014.

Today, Oggy is an in-demand public speaker and author. His second book, ‘The Unbeliever’ (2018), is a work of historical fiction based on a real-life Cold War spy who sold secrets to the CIA.
His latest novel ‘BULLION – The Mystery of Gaddafi’s Gold’ (2023) is an adventure spy thriller based on research into Gaddafi’s missing wealth.


Further information about Oggy:

@oggyboytchev (X)
@oggyboytchev (Instagram)
Oggy Boytchev (Facebook),
@oggy21 (TikTok)

Personal Website: www.redriverbank.co.uk

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oggy_Boytchev

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