James Harding

Inside Biography


Forty-seven years old James Harding is a British journalist and the Director of BBC News. At the end of 2007, Harding was called the editor of The Times newspaper, the youngest person to become editor of The Times. Harding was born on September 15, 1969.

Early life and Education

James Harding was born in London, United Kingdom. James completed his high schooling study from two independent schools for boys, first at The Hall School in Hampstead in North West London and St. Paul’s School, situated in Barnes, near of Hammersmith in London.

After completing high school, he moved to Trinity College at the University of Cambridge, where he earned a First Cla s s degree in history. James Harding also spent a few year studying at Davidson College in the United States.

In 1991, James Harding won a Daiwa Scholarship, where he take responsibility intensive Japanese language study and worked as a speechwriter to Koichi Kato, who was Chief Secretary to the Cabinet of Japan. He also studied Japanese at the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Career and Editor of The Times

James Harding began his career as a journalist at the Financial Times in 1994. After two years, heopened the paper’s Shanghai bureau, where he covered the opening up of the Chinese financial markets. After serving for three years at the Financial Times, he then moved to The Times in summer 2006, where he worked as Business Editor.

When James Harding was editor of The Times, he won the Newspaper of the Year Award for 2008 in March 2009 at the British Press Awards.

Leveson and after

During his oral application at the Leveson Inquiry on 7 February 2012, he apologized for the withholding of information from the High Court. After that, he worked as a reporter for his newspaper. James Harding took on the role of negotiating with Oliver Letwin. In an article for The Times published on 27 November 2012, Harding advocated a system of independent regulation.

Leaves The Times and Moved to BBC

At the end of 2012, James Harding left The Times, later it had become apparent that he no longer had the support of Rupert Murdoch. It was reported in The Daily Telegraph, which Murdoch had objected to the The Times had covered the News International phone-hacking scandal at the News of The World.

James Harding was appointed as the new head of BBC New on 16 April 2013. His previous role as an editor for a commercial enemy to the BBC meant that The Times leader articles during his five years as the newspaper’s editor analyzed.

Personal life and Affair

James Harding has been married to Kate and the couple has two children among them one is named Archie (born on 3 October 2011), and next is the daughter named Lucy (born on 20 May 2013). James has estimated annual salary of around $340,000.

by Bchrome, 30 Jan, 2017

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