Jonathan Head

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Jonathan Head is the South East Asia Correspondent for BBC News, the main newsgathering department of the BBC, and its 24 hour television news channels BBC World News and BBC News Channel, as well as the BBC's domestic television and radio channels and the BBC World Service. He was formerly the BBC Indonesia Correspondent, South East Asia Correspondent, Tokyo Correspondent and Turkey Correspondent, with over 20 years' experience as a reporter, programme editor and producer for BBC radio and television. He became BBC South East Asia Correspondent in August 2012.


Head was educated at Dulwich College, a part-boarding independent school in the town of Dulwich in South London, between the years 1974-1978,[1] followed by Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge where he studied a B.A. in History and the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, where he studied an M.A. in South East Asian Area Studies.

Life and career[edit]

Head joined the BBC in 1991, initially working for the BBC World Service international radio network and BBC World (now BBC World News) international satellite and cable television channel, before becoming BBC Indonesia Correspondent in 1996. He became BBC South East Asia Correspondent, based in Bangkok, in 2000, and BBC Tokyo Correspondent in 2003. He reported on the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami in Thailand, and returned to South East Asia in 2006 to report from a range of countries including Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Burma and East Timor.

In Thailand, Head became Vice President of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT), and in 2008 was charged with the lèse-majesté offence of insulting the King of Thailand, by a police colonel, Watanasak Mungkijakarndee, who claimed that Head's reporting between 2006 and 2008 had "damaged and insulted the monarchy",[2] and was warned that he could face up to 15 years in prison if found guilty in a Thai courthouse[3][4] In 2009, he became BBC Turkey Correspondent, based in Istanbul, and in 2011 reported from Libya during the country’s uprising, including the siege of Sirte, the birthplace of Muammar Gaddafi, the former leader of Libya. He became BBC South East Asia Correspondent in August 2012, for the third time in his career.[5][6]

In late 2013 Head began reporting on democratic protests in Bangkok describing them as undemocratic and is seen as being heavily influenced by one particular party in Thailand, to the extent that his reporting is heavily criticised by other reporters, bloggers and commentators on Thai politics.[7]


  1. ^ The Dulwich College Yearbook (107th Issue) & Alleyn Club Newsletter (No. 52) 2012 - Page 9 Dulwich College. Published: 2012. Retrieved: 14 December 2012.
  2. ^ WikiLeaks cables: Thai leaders doubt suitability of prince to become king The Guardian newspaper. Author: Mark Tran. Date: 15 December 2010. Retrieved: 14 December 2012.
  3. ^ In Thailand, Insulting the King Can Mean 15 Years in Jail Wall Street Journal. Author: James Hookway. Published: 16 October 2008. Retrieved: 14 December 2012.
  4. ^ BBC reporter charged with insulting the king Committee to Protect Journalsts. Published: 24 December 2008. Retrieved: 14 December 2012.
  5. ^ Jonathan Head BBC Correspondents Map. Retrieved: 14 December 2012.
  6. ^ The Dulwich College Yearbook (107th Issue) & Alleyn Club Newsletter (No. 52) 2012 - Page 9 Dulwich College. Published: 2012. Retrieved: 14 December 2012.
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