James Landale

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James Landale (born 1969) is a BBC journalist who is the Diplomatic correspondent of BBC News.


Landale was educated at Eton College,[1] where he was a near contemporary of former Prime Minister David Cameron, before going on to study at the Bristol University. While studying Politics there, he became the first editor of Epigram, Bristol University's independent student newspaper.[2] In July 2013, Landale was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Bristol University in recognition of his journalistic achievements.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Before joining the BBC in 2003, Landale spent 10 years as a reporter with The Times newspaper, latterly as Assistant Foreign Editor.

Landale was chief political correspondent for the BBC News Channel until 2009 when he became Deputy Political Editor, assisting then Political Editor Nick Robinson.[4] During his time as a political correspondent he has also presented some relief shifts on the channel.

Landale lives in London. He was diagnosed with large B-cell Non-Hodgkins lymphoma in October 2008, and has undergone six courses of chemotherapy.[5]



  1. ^ Epigram Online Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Martin, Tristan (30 April 2012). "In conversation with James Landale". Epigram. University of Bristol Students' Union. Archived from the original on 22 May 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Honorary degrees awarded at the University of Bristol – Wednesday, 17 July". University of Bristol. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Holmwood, Leigh (1 July 2009). "BBC promotes James Landale to deputy political editor". The Guardian. London. 
  5. ^ "The Jade Goody circus is like the ghoulish spectacle of public hanging, says cancer suffering BBC journalist James Landale". Daily Mail. London. 4 March 2009. Retrieved 16 May 2009. 

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Media offices
Preceded by
Deputy Political Editor: BBC News
2009 – 2016
Succeeded by
John Pienaar
Preceded by
Guto Harri
Chief Political Correspondent: BBC News
2004 – 2009
Succeeded by
Laura Kuenssberg
Preceded by
James Robin
Diplomatic Editor: BBC News
2016 –
Succeeded by