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James was educated at Beacon Community College, a state comprehensive school in the town of Crowborough in East Sussex, followed by Royal Holloway College, University of London, where he studied for a BA in English and Drama, graduating in 1996.
Life and career
He started as a news desk assistant on GMTV; then became one of the UK's first videojournalists for a London cable news station in 1997; then a presenter and reporter for ITV Westcountry news in Plymouth, Devon in 1998. He joined the BBC in 2000 as a producer for Newsround. In 2003, he moved to BBC Three at the launch of their nightly news show The 7 O'Clock News as a reporter. In 2006, he became a presenter of 60 Seconds on BBC Three for two years and launched the nightly Entertainment 24 on BBC News 24.
In 2008 he moved to anchor overnight news on BBC News and BBC World News until 2011, including daytime breakfast bulletins during the 2008 Olympic Games and news on BBC News Online and BBC Red Button. He had his own entertainment show, E24, at weekends on both BBC News and BBC World News about theatre, film, music and arts news and interviews and also on BBC News Online and BBC iPlayer. He has presented entertainment news on Claudia Winkleman's BBC Radio 2 programme on Fridays and previously Your News for the BBC and STORYFix, an irreverent look back at the week's news, one of BBC News's first vodcasts.
He took a sabbatical in 2011 and returned in 2012 as a Senior Producer for BBC News on BBC One heading up their 8pm news bulletin. Dagwell made the move to the BBC World Service in 2016 to deliver the best of BBC Television News to millions around the world who don't have access to a free and fair media. His work includes commissioning and creating content alongside training for journalists and presenters.
- Q and A with James Dagwell. TV Newsroom, 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
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