2013 Mentors

“John was one of the best young journalists I’ve had the fortune to work with and he died obviously doing what he did best.”

Jon Snow

Jim AllenJim Allen, Managing Director RDF

Jim is the Managing Director of RDF, whose programmes include Secret Millionaire, Dickinson’s Real Deal, Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents, Emergency Bikers and Sing If You Can. Jim joined Zodiak in 2009.

He was formerly the Director of ITV Studios, Factual and Entertainment, where he oversaw a slate of hit shows including I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, Come Dine With Me, Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, Hell’s Kitchen, Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and Tonight.

A former print journalist, he has worked at every level of production from researcher to executive producer with even the odd stint as a slightly uneasy presenter.


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Jeremy BowenJeremy Bowen, Middle East Editor, BBC News

In a BBC career spanning more than 25 years, Jeremy Bowen has earned a reputation as one of the world’s most experienced and authoritative journalists.

An award-winning correspondent, and analyst of international affairs, Jeremy has reported from more than 80 countries. He has covered conflicts in Iraq, the Gulf, the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Croatia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Chechnya, Somalia, Rwanda, El Salvador, and Algeria.

Jeremy has vast experience of the Middle East and was appointed as the BBC’s first Middle East Editor in 2005. Since then he has, among other things, led the coverage of the 2006 war between Israel and Lebanon, for which BBC News was awarded an International Emmy.

In 2010 he was awarded the Charles Wheeler Award for outstanding broadcast journalism. Other awards include two Bayeux War Correspondent Awards, a Sony Gold Award for News, Best News Correspondent at the New York Television Festival, and an RTS Best Breaking News Report Award.

Jeremy is also an accomplished presenter. He was the main anchor on the BBC’s flagship Breakfast programme for two years from 2000, and has presented many television and radio programmes. They include the award-winning landmark series Son of God for BBC One, and films on Moses and Noah. In 2005 he made a film for BBC One about the dangers and rewards of being a war correspondent. In 2008 he presented a documentary for BBC Two to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Israel.

Jeremy joined the BBC in 1984, and has been the BBC’s Geneva correspondent and Rome correspondent, where he covered the death of Pope John Paul II. He was the BBC’s Middle East correspondent, based in the region, for five years in the 1990s.

Jeremy is also the author of three books: ‘Six Days: How the 1967 Middle East War shaped the Middle East’ (2003) and ‘War Stories’ (2006). His latest book, ‘Arab Uprisings: The People Want the Fall of the Regime’  will be published on 25 October.

Born in Cardiff in 1960, Jeremy was educated at Cardiff High School. He attended University College London and then went to the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University in both Italy and the USA.

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Ben BrownBen Brown, Presenter, BBC News

Ben presents news programmes on the BBC News Channel, and regularly travels to cover major foreign stories such as the war in Libya.

He has been with BBC News for 24 years, and has spent many of them as a foreign and war correspondent, covering various conflicts including Chechnya, Bosnia, Kosovo, Rwanda, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Ben won a RTS award for his report from inside a white-owned farm in Zimbabwe when it was being taken over by Mugabe militants. He has twice won the Bayeux War Correspondent of the Year award.

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James BuchananJames Buchanan, Deployment Editor, BBC News

James started on a weekly newspaper in Leicestershire before moving to a news agency and into local radio. He first joined the BBC in Birmingham in the early ‘80s and worked on the regional news programme Midlands Today.

He moved to ITN in 1987 where he was variously a writer, producer, reporter, news editor (at the time of Diana’s death), before becoming head of Home News and finally head of Foreign News (at the time of 9/11).

He is now UK Deployment Editor at the BBC where he runs the multi-media home newsdesk as well as having responsibility for the network of UK Bureaux and the general correspondents.

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Toby CastleToby Castle, Head of Home News, ITV News

Toby Castle is currently Head of Home News at ITV News. He has worked across ITV News’ home and foreign operations since joining ITN in 1999.

His break into television journalism came with Tyne Tees Television. Previously at ITV News, Toby spent four years as Westminster Editor. He began his political stint producing across ITV News output covering both Prime Ministerial trips, and summits in Afghanistan, Iraq, China, India and the US.

Before Westminster, Toby news-edited on the home and foreign desks as well as field-producing, amongst other stories, the Beijing Olympics, the Lebanon war in 2006, the Columbia Shuttle disaster, the Soham murders and Michael Jackson’s death. Under his leadership ITV News won a BAFTA in 2011 for its coverage of the Cumbria Shootings.

Away from news Toby spends his weekends riding his bike or watching Middlesbrough FC.

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Jonathan ChapmanJonathan Chapman, Assignment Editor, BBC News

Currently a World Newsgathering Assignment Editor for the BBC, Jonathan is based in London managing deployments on behalf of the BBC’s international broadcast output.

Jonathan’s previous postings were as a producer to Brussels and Washington along with assignments all over the world. He was formerly a reporter with local newspapers and the Press Association.

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Ian CobainIan Cobain, Investigative Reporter, Guardian

Ian has been a journalist for 30 years, starting in local newspapers and working as the Daily Mail’s New York correspondent before joining the Times as Chief Reporter and then Home Editor.

For the last seven years he has been an investigative reporter at the Guardian, where he has won the Martha Gellhorn Prize and Paul Foot Award. He has also won a number of awards from Amnesty International and his work has been recognised by a human rights award from Liberty.

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Rachel CorpRachel Corp, News Editor in charge of recruitment, ITV News

Rachel currently works as a News Editor across both Home and Foreign Desks for ITV News, with additional responsibility for Assistant News Editors’ development and recruitment.

She previously worked as senior producer in Moscow for BBC News, and as a senior field producer for ITV News, in London and the North of England, running home and foreign stories on the road across ITN outlets. Story highlights include the Orange Revolution, Iraq War, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Madrid Bombings, Hutton Inquiry, Shipman Murders.

Rachel was also part of the award-winning launch team for Five News as News Editor and Updates Presenter – including announcing the death of Princess Diana.

She was an ITN Graduate Trainee after a stint freelance reporting for BBC Radio Magazine Programmes which including travelling to warring Bosnia for Woman’s Hour. Whilst at Leeds University she helped set up a radio station, and won the NUS/Guardian Broadcaster of the Year.

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Mark DalyMark Daly, Investigations Correspondent, BBC Scotland

Mark has been a reporter for the BBC for ten years. Before that he was an award-winning newspaper journalist for various newspapers including the Scotsman and Daily Record.

In 2003, he went undercover and infiltrated Greater Manchester Police to expose racism for the multi award-winning programme The Secret Policeman. For this he won two RTS awards, including RTS Young Journalist of the Year. The film also won a Bafta, a Broadcast Programme of the Year Award and an Emma Award. Mark was also named Liberty Human Rights Group Young Person of the Year.

He was then made a senior broadcast journalist with the BBC and went on to make several more long-form investigative journalism programmes including Rough Justice: Murder Without a Trace (2005) which secured the release of a man wrongly convicted of murder; The Boys Who Killed Stephen Lawrence (2006); and Britain’s Most Wanted Paedophiles (2007).

He then moved back to Glasgow and to BBC Scotland where he is Investigations correspondent. Recent 60-minute investigations include Scotland’s Secret Serial Killer (2009) and The Rise and Lies of Tommy Sheridan (2010). He also reports regularly for Panorama, including the Secret Policeman Returns (2008), and two films about the banking crisis: What Happens After Sorry? (2009) and Carry on Banking (2010).

2011 saw him make two acclaimed 30-minute investigations for BBC Scotland: Hospital Serial Killer: A Jury in the Dark – about the miscarriage of justice case of Colin Norris – and an expose of Rangers FC’s new owner Craig Whyte: Rangers: The Inside Story.

His most recent film for Panorama, a prime-time 60-minute special called Stephen Lawrence: Time for Justice, broadcast in January 2012, at the end of the trial of the men convicted of the murder.

Mark specialises in difficult and complex investigations and continues for work for the strand BBC Scotland Investigates.

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Jonny DymondJonny Dymond, Washington Correspondent, BBC News

Jonny is currently Washington correspondent for the BBC, magically becoming North America correspondent when he leaves the capital. Jonny is that rarity within the BBC, a white, male, privately educated Londoner.

He joined the BBC way back in the mists of time (1995) working first at Millbank as a researcher and producer, then at Newsnight and various election and budget programmes. He became a reporter at Westminster for the World Service and then Washington reporter in 2000. He covered 9/11 from Washington DC, then went to Istanbul to cover Turkey and the Middle East between 2001 and 2005.

He spent five years in Brussels as Europe correspondent leaving, with impeccable timing, just as Europe became The Biggest Story in The Whole World. In the States he files largely for BBC radio programmes, but is allowed onto television when no one else is available.

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Mark EvansMark Evans, Head of Home News, Sky

Mark Evans has been Head of Home News at Sky News for the past five years.

He joined Sky’s newsdesk in 2001 after a 10-year career in newspapers.

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Matt FreiMatt Frei, Washington Correspondent and Presenter, Channel 4 News

Matt leads coverage of the Americas on everything from business and culture to US foreign policy and its view of the world. He is also part of the presenting team across Channel 4’s news and current affairs portfolio, including the award-winning Dispatches programme.

Matt previously anchored the BBC World News America bulletin and was also Washington correspondent. He presented a weekly radio show called Americana, and in two decades at the corporation reported from Bonn, Rome, Bosnia, Kosovo, North Africa, Hong Kong and Singapore.

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Gary GibbonGary Gibbon, Political Editor, Channel 4 News

Gary has been Channel 4 News Political Editor since 2005. He gives his take on the latest news and gossip from the corridors of power in Westminster and beyond. Gary has worked on four general elections for Channel 4 News. His interview with Peter Mandelson in 2001 triggered the Northern Ireland Secretary’s second resignation from the Cabinet.

In 2006, he won the Royal Television Society Home News Award with Jon Snow for the scoop on the Attorney General’s legal advice on Iraq. Gary also revealed details of Blair’s pre-war meeting with George Bush in 2008 and won the Political Studies Association Broadcast Journalist of the Year award.

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Alan GradyAlan Grady, Executive Producer, Sky News

Alan is an Executive Producer at Sky News, responsible for its evening output, including its main Ten O’Clock news bulletin and Press Preview slots.

Before joining the channel in 2005, he worked for seven years for the BBC’s network home and foreign desks, often in the field. His assignments saw him deployed to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the 9/11 attacks, the Bali bomb and the US elections.

At home, he covered many stories, including the riots in Bradford and Oldham, the May Day protests, and the Hutton Inquiry.

Alan began his career as a trainee at ITN, working on Five News, before becoming one of the organisation’s first video-journalists based in Scotland.

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Geoff HillGeoff Hill, Editor, 5 News

Geoff is Editor of 5 News and launched the service produced by ITN in February 2012. As editor, Geoff leads all 5 News editorial and management decisions and is part of ITN’s senior management team. Geoff Hill brings 20 years of journalism and TV news experience to 5 News.

He joined from CNN International, where he was Director of Coverage in a role that saw him lead content for the network across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. During this time, he oversaw CNN’s coverage of the Amanda Knox trial in Perugia, as well as the Royal Wedding, UK elections and South African World Cup.

He previously worked for ITN for nearly a decade from 2000 until 2009 where he held senior input and output positions at ITV News, rising to Programme Editor, with responsibility for the flagship News at Ten.

He went on to launch and run the 24-hour sports news channel Setanta Sports News as Editor-in-Chief, developing a schedule from scratch and leading a team of nearly 60 people.

Geoff began his career as a newspaper reporter on the Southwark News before moving into television to work on ITV’s London Tonight from 1993 to 2000.

He then joined ITN, first as Home News Editor for ITV News, responsible for day-to-day news reporting, and then as Senior News Editor for ITV News, co-ordinating all newsgathering logistics on major deployments. Over this period, he took charge of coverage of the 2004 US Presidential elections, the Israel-Lebanon conflict in 2006 and the 7-7 London bombings, as well as overseeing ITN’s coverage of the World Cup in Germany in 2006.

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Jane HillJane Hill, BBC News

Jane is a BBC TV news presenter, working across BBC1 and the 24 hour news channel. She has anchored many rolling stories for TV news, including the Olympic torch relay; the tour of Canada by the newlywed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; the election of Barack Obama as US President; the Cumbria shootings; the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans; and the attacks of September 11th from Washington DC.

In 2007, she fronted many weeks of live coverage from Portugal following the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. She also presents many arts stories for BBC News, including the BAFTA film awards, the Oscars, and the Olivier theatre awards.

On Radio 2, she has reported for The Radio 2 Arts Show and spent a week standing in for Jeremy Vine. She’s presented The World Tonight and Saturday PM on Radio 4, and all the news programmes on Radio 5 Live.

In 2010 she made a documentary for Radio 4, “Glad to be Grey?”, about the issues facing older members of the LGBT community. She worked in radio, as a producer and reporter, for 10 years before moving into television.

She has a Politics degree from London University, and worked for the Democrats in the US Senate after graduation in 1991. Jane is a Fellow of the British American Project, an Archers addict, and a passionate supporter of the arts, particularly theatre. In 2009 she narrated the European premiere of ‘Sing for the Cure’, an American piece for orchestra and chorus, at London’s Royal Festival Hall.

She supports a number of charities, in particular Parkinson’s UK – there is a history of the disease in her family – and Stonewall.

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Lindsey HilsumLindsey Hilsum, International Editor, Channel 4 News

Lindsey is Channel 4 News’ International Editor and the author of Sandstorm: Libya in the Time of Revolution. She has covered the major conflicts of the past two decades, including the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In 2011 she reported the uprisings in Egypt and Bahrain, as well as Libya. She has also reported extensively from Iran and Zimbabwe, and was Channel 4 News China correspondent from 2006 to 2008. During the 2004 US assault on Falluja, she was embedded with a frontline marine unit, and in 1994, she was the only English-speaking foreign correspondent in Rwanda when the genocide started.

She has been Royal Television Society Journalist of the Year, and won the Charles Wheeler Award and the James Cameron Award as well as recognition from the One World Broadcasting Trust and Amnesty International. Her writing has been featured in the Sunday Times, the Guardian, the Observer and Granta, among other publications. Before becoming a journalist, she was an aid worker, first in Latin America and then in Africa.

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Jawad IqbalJawad Iqbal, Senior Editor, BBC News

Jawad is a Senior Editor in the BBC Newsroom. Based in London, he is responsible for editorial coverage on the BBC News Channel and the BBC television news bulletins.

He has worked in a number of senior editorial roles across a range of flagship television and radio news programmes.

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Faisal Islam Faisal Islam, Economics Editor, Channel 4 News

Faisal joined the programme in 2004, as a Business reporter. Since then he’s exposed the Icelandic banking crisis, watched Lehman Brothers fall from Wall Street, investigated emerging economies in India and Singapore and interviewed everyone from the Prime Minister to the President of the World Bank.

An RTS Young Journalist of the Year in 2006, Faisal won the WorkWorld Foundation’s Broadcast News Reporter of the Year in 2010, and collected numerous awards for his coverage of the Icelandic banking crisis in 2009. Before Channel 4 News Faisal worked for the Observer.

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Martha KearneyMartha Kearney, Presenter, BBC News

Martha presents The World At One. Starting her career at LBC/IRN Radio, Martha worked as a phone operator and a news information researcher, a reporter, a presenter and a lobby correspondent before spending a year on A Week in Politics for Channel 4.

On joining the BBC she worked as a reporter for BBC One’s On the Record between 1988 and 1994 before going to Newsnight, where from 2000-07 she was political editor. Martha was nominated for a BAFTA award for her coverage of the Northern Ireland Peace Process in 1998. She was (with Jenni Murray) 2004 TRIC Radio Presenter of the Year and won a Sony Bronze Award for a special on child poverty. Martha presented Woman’s Hour from 1998 to early 2007.

In June 2002 she made a special Woman’s Hour programme from Afghanistan. “One of the most amazing experiences during my time at the BBC was a trip to Afghanistan when I was able to make programmes for both Woman’s Hour and Newsnight. I found both programmes complemented each other well. Woman’s Hour has a hard-hitting current affairs agenda on subjects like women’s prisons and domestic violence but the programme also gives me a chance to do live interviews on a much wider range of subjects than news.” She has also presented the Today programme and PM on Radio 4.

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Laura KuenssbergLaura Kuenssberg, Business Editor, ITV News

Business Editor Laura Kuenssberg leads all business coverage for ITV News, providing analysis of the latest business stories, both in the UK and internationally. In 2012 she started the ITV News Business Club and conducted the first interview of the year with Chancellor George Osborne.

Laura also contributes towards business reporting on ITV1’s current affairs strand, Tonight. Formerly chief political correspondent for the BBC, Laura won acclaim for her coverage of the 2010 General Election and the formation of the Coalition government. Other major stories Laura has covered include Barack Obama’s presidential campaign; the build-up to the Iraq war; and the accession of the Eastern European countries into the EU from Prague, Warsaw and Berlin.

Laura has extensive experience as a correspondent, having reported for a range of flagship BBC programmes including BBC News, BBC News Channel, Newsnight, Today, Daily Politics and BBC Breakfast. Additionally, Laura’s home affairs reporting for BBC North East and Cumbria earned her a prestigious Royal Television Society Award for Journalism.Laura’s home affairs reporting for BBC North East and Cumbria earned her a prestigious Royal Television Society Award for Journalism. Before joining the BBC, Laura worked for NBC in Washington and local radio and television in Edinburgh.

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Peter LengPeter Leng, Senior World Affairs Producer, BBC News

Peter joined the BBC in 1989 after a year training as an accountant – and has no regrets! He has worked across BBC radio and television news programmes in London, and since 2001 foreign news has been his home.

After a decade abroad as senior producer/deputy bureau chief in the BBC’s hub bureaux in Singapore, Brussels and Delhi – covering wars, summits and people’s lives – Peter now works and trots the globe as producer to the BBC’s World Affairs Editor, John Simpson.

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Jonathan LevyJonathan Levy, Head of Newsgathering, Sky News

Since the summer of 2011 Jonathan has been Head of Newsgathering at Sky News. Prior to then, he ran Sky’s Westminster unit for six years. During that time Jonathan was a member of the team of broadcasters who negotiated the first TV general election debates as well as co-ordinating coverage of the 2010 election.

Before going to Westminster he worked as a producer on some of the biggest stories of the last 10 years including the Iraq War, the Asian Tsunami, and the Soham Murders. Jonathan joined Sky in 2002 from NBC News in London where he worked as a producer and news editor.

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Rod McKenzieRod McKenzie, Editor, Radio 1 Newsbeat & 1Xtra News

Rod runs all the news from Yalding House – the home of the BBC’s youth facing networks Radio 1 and 1Xtra. With more than 10.5 million listeners and a staff of more than 50 covering news 24/7 his job is to make the news accessible and relevant to audiences that don’t normally consume news of any sort.

He’s responsible for the expansion of specialist journalism in fields such as entertainment news, youth health, technology and the setting up of a bureau in New York to cover North America. Under his editorship 1Xtra launched its news service and has developed an award-winning and critically acclaimed documentary strand.

He also re-shaped Newsbeat’s online presence and is working on the visualisation of Newsbeat. Newsbeat has also developed a reputation for being an audience-led programme with large interactive elements and listener involvement.

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Stephen Mitchell

Stephen Mitchell, Deputy Director of News and Head of News Programmes, BBC News

Stephen Mitchell is the Deputy Director of BBC News and Head of Multimedia Programmes which include Panorama, Today, The World at One and PM, and Newsnight. Stephen began his career at Thomson Regional Newspapers as a reporter and sub-editor in Newcastle and Cardiff.

He joined the BBC Radio newsroom in 1974 and also worked as a radio reporter and on the Today programme, becoming a chief sub-editor in 1978, then duty editor in 1981 and senior duty editor in 1986 before progressing through the organisation to his current position.

Stephen was born in Loughborough, Leicestershire, in 1949 and was educated at Loughborough Grammar School and Manchester University, where he obtained a BA honours degree in Politics and Modern History.

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Chris MorrisChris Morris, Europe Correspondent, BBC News

Chris has been a BBC foreign correspondent for more than 20 years, He’s been based in Sri Lanka, the United States, Turkey and India.

He’s now based in Brussels, where he covers the Eurozone crisis and other news across Europe, primarily for BBC Radio 4.

He’s the author of The New Turkey, published in 2005.

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Roger MoseyRoger Mosey, Acting Director of BBC Vision

Roger is the Acting Director of BBC Vision, responsible for all of the BBC’s TV output. Roger was the BBC’s Director of London 2012 – responsible for planning coverage of the Olympics across all genres and platforms. This included the Cultural Olympiad; major events in the build-up to the Games; and co-ordinating the BBC’s activities locally, nationally and globally.

Roger’s previous roles include being Editor of Today on BBC Radio 4; Controller of BBC Radio 5 Live; Head of BBC Television News; and Director of Sport. Roger was born in Bradford in 1958 and educated at Bradford Grammar School, followed by Wadham College, Oxford, where he received a degree in Modern History and Modern Languages.

After university he joined Pennine Radio, Bradford, as a Community Affairs producer; and his BBC career began in 1980 when he joined BBC Radio Lincolnshire as a reporter. Roger’s first job in network radio was on The Week In Westminster, and he then moved to Today as a producer and to the BBC’s New York bureau before becoming editor of PM in 1987.

He was editor of Radio 4’s Today programme from March 1993 until his appointment as Controller of 5 Live at the beginning of 1997. Under Roger’s editorship, Today won Sony Gold Awards in 1994 and 1995, a British Environment & Media Award and was named Radio Programme of the Year by the Broadcasting Press Guild in 1995. Radio 5 Live was named the Sony National Radio Station of the Year 1998; and BBC Television News won a number of Royal Television Society awards for journalism – including Programme of the Year for Newsnight (2002) and the Ten O’Clock News (2004). The Ten O’Clock News also received Bafta awards in both 2004 and 2005.

Roger recruited James Naughtie to join the Today presenting team and introduced Nicky Campbell, Victoria Derbyshire and Richard Littlejohn to 5 Live.

In his time in Sport he oversaw the coverage of the 2006 World Cup and the Beijing Olympics, as well as the return of Formula 1 to the BBC. Roger led the Sport Creative Future project that put greater emphasis on digital media and which has delivered considerable growth in audiences online and through interactive services.

His interests include football – he is an Arsenal season ticket holder – music and politics. He is a trustee of the National Media Museum in Bradford and of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He was elected as an executive board member of the European Broadcasting Union in 2011-12. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Lincoln in 2011, and is a fellow of the Radio Academy.

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Jonathan PatersonJonathan Paterson, Deployment Editor, BBC News

Jonathan joined the BBC in 1994. He is currently the Deployment Editor for World Newsgathering, responsible for running the BBC’s daily foreign news operation.

His time in the BBC’s foreign news department, has included overseas postings in Washington and New York, and travel to many of the world’s hotspots including Middle East, Afghanistan, and the Balkans.

Jonathan began his career at LBC Radio in London, before joining the BBC where his career has also included time at World At One, 5Live, BBC World, and Newsnight.


Nick PhippsNick Phipps, Executive Editor of Launch, Sky News Arabia

Nick is the Executive Editor of Launch, Sky News Arabia. He is an experienced media executive who has worked in many roles across the industry, at Sky News and before that at ITN.

He is a leading member of the team which launched Sky News Arabia, the Arabic language news channel, in May 2012 and has spent 18 months based at the channel’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi. Nick has edited programmes across Sky News’ output and, while at ITN, the ITV Evening News.He led the Sky News Business team during the financial crisis and recession.

Nick was in Chicago the night Barack Obama became US President, has travelled to Antarctica to investigate evidence of global warming and was part of an RTS award-winning team chasing football hooligans at Euro 2000. He is married with a young son.

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Ben RaynerBen Rayner, Head of News (London), Al Jazeera English

Ben has been in TV news for nearly 20 years. After local papers in London and Sydney, he moved to TV news with ITV and London Tonight. He worked as a news editor and programme editor there. He then made the leap to ITN and the launch of the ITN News Channel.

At ITN he moved from programme editing into management and progressed to editor of the ITV News Channel. From ITN he went to Al Jazeera English where he runs the channel’s European operation in London.

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Jonathan Rugman Jonathan Rugman, Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Channel 4 News

Jonathan is Foreign Affairs correspondent at Channel 4 News. He reported from Syria, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Bahrain during the “Arab Spring” and was previously the programme’s Washington correspondent and Business correspondent.

Before Jonathan joined Channel 4 News he worked for The Guardian, BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service.

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James ReynoldsJames Reynolds, Istanbul Correspondent, BBC News

James has worked as a foreign correspondent for BBC News since 1998. He has been posted to Santiago de Chile, Jerusalem, Beijing, Washington and Istanbul.

He has also been a Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. In 2003, he won the RTS Young Journalist of the Year award.

In his free time, James enjoys floating in the Dead Sea.

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John RyleyJohn Ryley, Head of News, Sky News

For the last 17 years – first as Executive Producer, then Executive Editor, and for the past six years as Head of Sky News – John Ryley has been at the heart of Sky News’ success and transformation into a world-class news organisation.

In 2009 he launched a successful campaign for Leaders’ Debates in the run-up to the UK general election which transformed the nature of the campaign, raising voters’ interest and heightening political engagement. It led to a call from former CBS anchor Dan Rather for him to be awarded a knighthood ‘for getting these debates on the air’.

John has since led the campaign for cameras to be introduced into courts in England and Wales. He has also led Sky News’ push into online and mobile platforms including the launch in March 2011 of Sky News for iPad, a new way of accessing news content praised by one rival broadcaster as the ‘mother of all news apps’.

Since joining Sky News in 1995, John has pioneered innovative, live coverage of breaking news and news events for the channel, which has won the RTS News Channel of the Year Award for a record eight times. John produced Sky’s RTS award-winning coverage of the Princess of Wales’s funeral and as Executive Editor took a leading role in Sky’s coverage of the 9/11 attacks, for which the channel won its first BAFTA award. In August 2002, John was responsible for devoting the channel’s output to coverage of the Soham murders, for which it won a second BAFTA and an RTS award.

John began his career in television news as a graduate news trainee at the BBC and worked on the BBC’s Nine O’clock News. He joined ITN in 1990 and went on to become Assistant Programme Editor of ITV’s News at Ten, editing all of the channel’s news shows.

John was educated at Durham University and the Wharton School of Management.

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Steve ScottSteve Scott, Sports Editor and Newscaster, ITV News

Steve is ITV News’ sports editor and a newscaster across all ITV news programmes. He specialises in ‘front page’ sports news and has led the network’s coverage of all the major stories of the past couple of years, from the football World Cup in South Africa to the London Olympics.

In the build up to London 2012, Steve delivered a number of exclusives with sprinter Dwain Chambers ahead of the decision that eventually allowed him to compete for Team GB, and with Ben Johnson, the most notorious drugs cheat in Olympic history. He also fought off competition from all the world’s media for unparalleled access to Sebastian Coe in the week before the opening ceremony.

A former foreign correspondent, during many of the major stories of the last decade – when the Asian tsunami disaster unfolded, when London was awarded the Olympics and then 24 hours later during the terror attacks on the capital – Steve was at the forefront of ITV1’s extended live programming. He also co-presented a weekday programme on the ITV News Channel during which he confronted ‘newsmakers’ on the issues of the day. From cabinet ministers to household names from the worlds of sport and showbusiness. At that time he could also be heard on BBC Radio 5 Live, presenting across many of their prestigious programmes. As ITN’s Africa correspondent based in Johannesburg, Steve reported from many trouble-spots including Rwanda, Congo (then Zaire) and Zimbabwe.

Before that posting, Steve was ITN’s North of England correspondent based in Leeds and West of England correspondent in Bristol. During that time foreign assignments took him all around the world to, among other places, Bosnia during the war there and to the United States where he covered as Washington correspondent on several occasions.

He interviewed many of the big names of the late 20th century – including Nelson Mandela and Princess Diana. He also covered some of the biggest domestic stories of the ‘90s for ITN – the Fred and Rose West murders for example, and Steve was part of ITN’s award-winning reporting team on the Dunblane school massacre and Diana’s death.

Steve began his television career at HTV West in Bristol joining as Industrial correspondent from local radio station GWR where he was News Editor and a presenter.

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Ian SherwoodIan Sherwood, Senior News Editor, Sky News

Ian has recently joined Sky News as a senior news editor.

Previously Ian worked for BBC News as deputy bureau chief based in Washington DC and New York. He has also been foreign planning editor, World Duty Editor, Home Duty Editor and a senior producer for the BBC.

During his time based in New York Ian was awarded the Alfred I DuPont Columbia School of Journalism Award for his coverage of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti working alongside Matthew Price and cameraman Chuck Tayman. During that time he also received two Emmy nominations for their work as a team for coverage of the earthquake in Haiti and coverage of Mexico’s Drug Wars and a BAFTA nomination for coverage of the earthquake in Haiti.

Ian was the lead producer covering Barack Obama’s election campaign working with Gavin Hewitt and cameraman Rob Magee. He covered the war in Iraq, Libya and the 2008 war in Georgia. Ian led the team deployed to Tavistock Square on the day of the 7/7 bombings in London.

Ian has also previously worked at ITN before joining the BBC in 2002. He has two children, a boy and a girl.

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David ShukmanDavid Shukman, Science Editor , BBC News

David, began his career on the Coventry Evening Telegraph before joining the BBC as a news trainee in 1983.

He reported from Northern Ireland from 1985-87 before becoming Defence correspondent from 1987-95 and then Europe correspondent based in Brussels from 1995-99.

On returning to London, he worked as World Affairs correspondent until 2003 when he switched to Environment and Science correspondent and then, at the start of this year, was appointed Science Editor. In his time in the BBC, David has reported from around 100 countries and has covered events including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the war in Bosnia, the launch of the last Space Shuttle and the discovery of the Higgs-Boson.

Recent assignments have included the future of synthetic biology and mining in the Amazon rainforest. In September this year, he reported from Svalbard on the record melt of Arctic sea-ice. Favourite memories include exploring the Large Hadron Collider on a bike and descending into a crevasse in Antarctica.

David is the author of three books, most recently An Iceberg as Big as Manhattan, an account of the reality of reporting on environmental change.

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Keir SimmonsKeir Simmons, Foreign Correspondent, NBC News

Keir is a London-based foreign correspondent for the US network NBC News. He reports for their world-renowned breakfast show Today, and the Nightly News – the highest rating evening news programme in America.

Before joining NBC he was UK Editor for ITV News reporting on security and home affairs including the phone hacking scandal. For many years he was ITV’s crime correspondent.

Keir has 20 years experience as a journalist and began his career at ITN working in radio and as a newsdesk assistant.

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Sarah Ward-LilleySarah Ward-Lilley, Deputy Head of Newsgathering, BBC News

Sarah began her career in an independent TV production company before moving to ABC Australia’s London bureau. She then joined the BBC, starting as a producer on the One O’Clock News, later moving to the UK and World newsdesks, and then to the Nine O’Clock News.

Sarah was posted overseas to the BBC Brussels bureau in the 1990s and has also worked on the political desk at Westminster. She has worked extensively as a producer in the field and run many special events.

More recently, she was Managing Editor for the BBC’s Newsgathering department which has around 800 reporting, production and operation staff based across the UK and overseas. In that role she had special responsibility for safety, training and welfare. In 2010, she became Deputy Head of Newsgathering and now has a particular focus on implementing change and developing talent.

She is a trustee of the Rory Peck Trust, which supports freelancers, and is also an advisor to the Dart Centre (Europe) for Journalism and Trauma.

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Jon WilliamsJon Williams, World News Editor, BBC

Jon Williams is the World News Editor for the BBC, leading its operations in 41 bureaux around the world. He is responsible for the reporting of the biggest global stories across, radio, TV and online. Most recently, these have included the protests across the Middle East and North Africa, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the US Presidential election campaign and the leadership transition in China.

In 2007, the BBC’s coverage of the Israel-Lebanon War won the prestigious international Emmy Award – the top global prize for international reporting. Prior to his appointment in 2006, Jon was the UK News Editor, running the BBC’s domestic coverage, including the 2005 British General Election and the July 7th bomb attacks in London. Between 2001 and 2003, he was the deputy editor of the UK’s most watched TV News programme, the BBC Six O’Clock News.

Jon joined the BBC as a graduate trainee and was previously editor of the BBC’s regional news programme, Look North based in Leeds. In 1996 he left the BBC to launch Channel 5 News, before returning four years later.

Born in Liverpool in 1966, Jon studied Politics and Modern History at Manchester University.

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Christopher WyldChristopher Wyld, Director, Foreign Press Association

After graduating in Modern History at Christ Church, Oxford, Christopher travelled and worked as a freelance journalist before joining the BBC as a sub-editor in Radio News at Broadcasting House.

He worked in BBC News for 17 years, the last seven – until 1995 – as Foreign Editor in BBC Newsgathering.

In 1996 he joined Business in the Community as Head of Communications and in 2001 became Chief Executive of Children’s Express, a registered charity whose aim was to give young people the power and means to express themselves in the media on issues that affect them.

In 2005 he completed the Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) in Tower Hamlets and worked as a teacher in two primary schools in Hackney.

In April 2008 he was appointed Director of the Foreign Press Association in London. He’s married with two daughters aged 23 and 18 and lives in Hackney.


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