Jane Corbin

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Jane Phillipa Corbin (born 16 July 1954) is a British journalist and film maker who has made over a hundred documentaries mainly for the BBC and its flagship current affairs programme Panorama. She specialises in covering Central Asia, the Middle East and terrorism and has investigated the major human rights issues and global political and military events of the past three decades. Jane is a three times winner of the Royal Television Society Award and is an Emmy nominee. Jane has given expert testimony before various Committees of the House of Commons on Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq and also on al Qaeda. She is a well known commentator on international television channels and has written two books, 'Gaza First' and 'Al Qaeda: the terror network that threatens the world' and has authored many feature articles.

Jane Corbin was educated at King's College London from where she graduated with a degree in English in 1975. Corbin was part of the first intake of new journalists to be employed by the new Channel Four News before it was launched in November 1982. When with ITN, Corbin covered major news events like the siege of the Holy Sikh Temple at Amritsar in June 1984 and reported on the miners strike the same year.

Since joining Panorama, the BBC's flagship current affairs programme in 1988 Jane Corbin has made over a hundred documentaries becoming well known as a reporter in war zones and an investigative journalist. She has specialised in making films about al Qaeda since 1998 when she was one of the first reporters to identify the threat from Osama bin Laden in 'Death to America' She covered the hunt for Bin Laden in Afghanistan and Pakistan and made a one hour documentary for BBC1, 'Hostage' on al Qaeda's tactics of hostage taking in Iraq. In 2011 in 'The Death of Bin Laden' she revealed how the CIA finally tracked down and killed the fugitive leader of the terror group.

Jane Corbin has reported extensively from Afghanistan and from Pakistan making programmes about the Taliban, women's rights and the war against militants on both sides of the border. She accompanied Benazir Bhutto back to Pakistan in 1982 and has investigated the network of the father of the Islamic bomb, Dr AQ Khan, in 'The Nuclear Super Market' and has more recently reported from the tribal area of Waziristan on the impact of America's secret drone war in Pakistan.

Jane Corbin has reported extensively from the Middle East covering the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians including her inside account of the negotiations that led to the Oslo Peace Accords in 1993. She has most recently made the film 'Price Tag Wars" on the activities of right wing teenagers in Israel called terrorists by their own government. Jane Corbin reported from Iraq during the first Gulf War in 1991/2 when she revealed the existence of Saddam Hussein's secret nuclear weapons programme and his Supergun. In the second Iraq war of 2003 Jane Corbin gained exclusive access to the United Nations weapons inspectors as they searched in vain for the Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. After filming the British forces invasion and taking of Basra she was again given access to the coalition Iraq Survey Group as they searched fruitlessly for the WMD's that had been used to justify the war.

In 2011 and 2012 Jane covered the uprisings in the Middle East known as The Arab Spring reporting from Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt as President Mubarak was toppled. Her report from Syria of human rights abuses against children and women in the town of Dera'a resulted in cases being brought before the International Court of Human Rights against members of President Assad's regime.

Jane Corbin has two children and was married to the former Conservative MP John Maples, Baron Maples until his death in 2012.[1]


  1. ^ "BBC Biography". BBC News. 2003-09-17. Retrieved 2010-08-31.