Tim Sebastian (born in London on March 13, 1952) was the presenter of BBC's HARDtalk. He won the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Richard Dimbleby award in 1982 and Britain's prestigious Royal Television Society Interviewer of the Year award in 2001 for the second time in a row. He also speaks Russian and German.
Tim holds a BA Honours degree in Modern Languages from Oxford University. He started his career at Reuters in 1974. Tim started as BBC's foreign correspondent at Warsaw in 1979. He became BBC's Europe correspondent in 1982, for Moscow in 1985 (he was expelled from USSR) and then for Washington from 1986 to 1989. He has also written eight novels and two non-fiction books.
Tim specializes in setting traps for his interviewees. He presents his cases, after a careful study of them and tries to expose them with his grilling questions. He had travelled widely to interview presidents, prime ministers and kings, as well as authors, actors and musicians etc. for BBC's HARDtalk.
Currently, he is the Chairman of "The Doha Debates" on BBC.