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|Birth name||Alexander James Naughtie|
9 August 1951 |
Milltown of Rothiemay, near Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
|Station(s)||BBC Radio 4|
|Station(s)||BBC Radio 4|
|Parents||Alexander and Isabella|
|Children||2 daughters, 1 son|
Alexander James "Jim" Naughtie FRSE (surname pronounced //; born 9 August 1951) is a British radio and news presenter for the BBC. From 1994 until 2015 he was one of the main presenters of Radio 4's Today programme.
In July 2015 he announced, via the BBC, that in early 2016 he would retire from regular presenting duties on the programme and would, instead, be its 'Special Correspondent' with 'responsibility for charting the course of the constitutional changes at the heart of the UK political debate', as well as the BBC News's Books Editor, contributing a book review to the Saturday morning editions of Today. In his 21-plus years on Today, Naughtie had anchored every BBC Radio UK election results programme since 1997 and had worked on every US presidential election since 1988, the BBC added.
"After 21 years, I can turn off that 3am alarm at last," the Daily Telegraph quoted Naughtie as having said. He presented his last edition of Today on 16 December 2015. He earns £150,000 - £199,999 as a BBC contributor
Early life and career
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.
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, hosting The Week In Westminster before 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. His practice of asking particularly long questions is sometimes noted by commentators. 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, Fred Goodwin, Rupert Murdoch, Simon Cowell and finished with the Queen herself.
On 16 July 2013, it was announced that Naughtie's presentational role on Today would be temporarily reduced, as he was to become a presenter of Good Morning Scotland for two days a week in the run up the Scottish independence referendum in 2014. Naughtie returned to his usual role on Today in time for the 2015 general election.
On-air obscene malapropism
On 6 December 2010, Naughtie was co-presenting the Today Programme, and trailing the guests who would be interviewed after the 8am news bulletin. Introducing Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary, he inadvertently replaced the "H" at the beginning of "Hunt" with a "C". Choking on his words, he was clearly embarrassed by the mistake, and gave a full apology once he had recovered. However, only an hour later, another BBC presenter, Andrew Marr made the same mistake when discussing Naughtie's error.
Awards and positions
Naughtie was voted Sony Radio Awards Radio Personality of the Year in 1991 and Voice of the Listener & 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 was given an honorary doctorate by the University of Stirling in 2001, and installed as chancellor of the University of Stirling on 9 October 2008, succeeding Dame Diana Rigg when her ten-year term ended.
Naughtie chaired the judges for the inaugural 2010 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine.
In 2017 Naughtie gave the Hugh Cudlipp Lecture. In his speech he referred to the Trump presidency thus: “There hasn’t been in living memory in western democracy a threat to freedom of the press of the kind we see there"
- 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
- Naughtie, James (2012) The New Elizabethans Collins, ISBN 0-0074-8650-2
- Naughtie, James (2014) "The Madness of July" Head of Zeus, ISBN 978-1-7818-5599-7
- Debrett's biodata
- James Naughtie to leave Radio 4 Today programme, BBC News, 7 July 2015. Retrieved: 9 July 2015.
- Jim Naughtie to leave BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Anita Singh, Daily Telegraph, London, 7 July 2015. Retrieved: 9 July 2015.
- "JAMES NAUGHTIE: Sparring with Blair, eating squirrel and that Jeremy Hunt slip - why I'll miss the Today programme". Daily Mail. 12 December 2015. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
- "Bookclub". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
- 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.
- "The New Elizabethans". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
- Victoria Ward "Today programme appoints Mishal Husain to replace James Naughtie", telegraph.co.uk, 16 July 2013
- "James Naughtie joins BBC's Good Morning Scotland". BBC. 2013. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
- Jason Deans and Josh Halliday "BBC's Mishal Husain to join Today", guardian.co.uk, 16 July 2013
- Adam Gabbatt and John Plunkett (6 December 2010). "James Naughtie blames Dr Spooner after renaming Jeremy Hunt". The Guardian web-site. The Guardian. Retrieved 22 July 2011.
- Joe Murphy (6 December 2010). "BBC's James Naughtie and Andrew Marr make C-word slips over Jeremy Hunt". The Standard web-site. London Evening Standard. Retrieved 22 July 2011.
- "Dr James Naughtie". University of Stirling. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
- Bartlett, Nicola (2017-03-30). "Trump waging 'culture war' on the free press: James Naughtie's Cudlipp Lecture". mirror. Retrieved 2017-03-31.
- "RSE Welcomes 60 New Fellows" (Press release). Royal Society of Edinburgh. 15 February 2017. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
- Tony Kane (25 August 2010). "James Naughtie: Many Hats". Time and Leisure. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
|Presenter of Today Programme
1994 – present
|Main presenter: The World at One