James Landale

James Landale is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and author. For more than two decades James has reported on British politics and world affairs, covering five general elections and interviewing every prime minister since John Major.

James is currently Diplomatic Correspondent for BBC News where he is in the thick of the corporation's coverage of Brexit, the Trump presidency and other global issues. Prior to this position, James was the BBC's Deputy Political Editor; covering political news coverage for the BBC's news and radio programmes.

Career Background

James has a wealth of experience in British politics having spent ten years working as a reporter for the Times newspaper; including working as Assistant Foreign Editor in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He was headhunted by the BBC in 2003, quickly promoted to become the Chief Political Correspondent for the BBC News channel where he led the BBC's 24-hour political news coverage from Westminster and also presented 'Straight Talk', a weekly political discussion show.


In December 2015, James was named Broadcaster of the Year by the Political Studies Association for what they called his "huge contribution to the public understanding of politics".

Television and Radio

James has also presented a variety of programmes on television and radio including the Andrew Marr Show on BBC1, The Daily Politics on BBC 2 and The World at One and Westminster Hour on BBC Radio 4.

Speaking and Conference Engagements 
He has chaired conferences for organisations such as the British Chambers of Commerce and also undertaken a variety of public speaking engagements, from breakfast briefings to after-dinner speeches.


James has written two books: 'Landale's Cautionary Tales: Comic Verse for the 21st Century' and 'Duel - a true story of death and honour',( recounting the history of pistol duelling linked to his own ancestor, which he also turned into a Timewatch documentary for BBC2 in 2007).





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