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|James ("Jim") Naughtie|
|Birth name||Alexander James Naughtie|
9 August 1951 |
Milltown of Rothiemay, near Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
|Station(s)||BBC Radio 4|
|Station(s)||BBC Radio 4|
James "Jim" Naughtie (surname pronounced //; born 9 August 1951) is a British radio presenter and radio news presenter for the BBC. Since 1994 he has been one of the main presenters of Radio 4's Today programme.
James Naughtie was born and brought up in Milltown of Rothiemay, near Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. He was educated at Keith Grammar School, the University of Aberdeen and then Syracuse University in New York. He is a Fellow of the British-American Project.
Radio presenting career 
Naughtie began his career as a journalist in 1975 at the Aberdeen Press & Journal, moving to the London offices of The Scotsman in 1977. The following year he joined the paper's Westminster staff, and became its Chief Political Correspondent. In 1981, he worked for The Washington Post as the Laurence Stern fellow on its national staff. Naughtie joined The Guardian in 1984, and became its Chief Political Correspondent in 1985.
In 1986, Naughtie moved into radio presenting, presenting The Week In Westminster moving to The World At One in 1988. He has also made several radio documentaries and series and has written three books, Playing the Palace: A Westminster Collection, The Rivals: The Intimate Story of a Political Marriage, and The Accidental American: Tony Blair and the Presidency.
In 1994 he became one of the main presenters of Radio 4's Today programme. He is noted, and satirized in Private Eye, for asking particularly long questions. Shortly before the 2005 General Election he opened a question to Labour politician Ed Balls "If we win the election...", which led to criticism that he was not neutral as required of BBC political journalists. He has a distinctive Scottish accent which has been named as the "best voice to wake up to" in a comparative survey.
Throughout June, July and August 2012, and in early September 2012, he presented "The New Elizabethans" on Radio Four, a programme about notable people under the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. This programme was put on to honour the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II. It has dealt with various famous names, including Richard Doll, Philip Larkin, Elizabeth David, Margot Fonteyn, Peter Hall, Cicely Saunders, John Lennon and Paul McCartney and Tim Berners-Lee. The final week of the programme dealt with Tony Blair, Frederick Goodwin, Rupert Murdoch, Simon Cowell and finished with the Queen herself.
Awards and positions 
Naughtie was voted Sony Radio Awards Radio Personality of the Year in 1991 and Voice of the Listener and Viewer Award in 2001. He is a member of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission and a United Kingdom advisory board member for the British-American Project, which exists to promote the British-American relationship.
Naughtie chaired the judges for the inaugural 2010 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine
Personal life 
- Naughtie, James (2001) The Rivals: The Intimate Story of a Political Marriage Fourth Estate, ISBN 1-84115-473-3
- Naughtie, James (2004) The Accidental American: Tony Blair and the Presidency Macmillan, ISBN 1-4050-5001-2
- Naughtie, James (2007) The Making Of Music John Murray, ISBN 0-7195-6254-6
- Debrett's biodata
- Atkinson, Max (2010-04-03). "Is James Naughtie the most long winded interviewer in broadcasting history?". Retrieved 2011-06-16.
- Kavanagh, Trevor (2005-03-03). "Naughtie pro-Labour gaffe". The Sun. Retrieved 2011-06-16.
- Jefferies, Mark (2011-05-13). "Presenter James Naughtie named as best voice to wake up to". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 2011-06-16.
- Telling Trails - Eleanor Updale
- "James Naughtie: Many Hats". Time and Leisure. 25 August 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2011. Unknown parameter
|Presenter of Today Programme
1994 – present
|Main presenter: The World at One