Jon Williams, World News Editor

Biography

Last updated September 2008

Jon Williams was appointed BBC World News Editor in 2006.

He has since led the coverage of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Israel/Lebanon War, the 2008 Olympics and the US Presidential Elections.

In 2007, coverage of the Israel/Lebanon war won an international Emmy in the news category.

Prior to this appointment Jon was BBC Home News Editor. During this time the 2005 UK General Election and the 7/7 attacks on London were covered.

In 2003 an investigation into racism in Northern Ireland received a Royal Television Society award, and in 2005 the Ten O'Clock news coverage of the 7/7 bombing was awarded a BAFTA.

Between 2000 and 2003 Jon was deputy editor of the Six O'Clock News and Editor of the BBC's live political programmes.

As deputy editor of the Six O'Clock News he covered 9/11 and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Jon joined the BBC as a graduate trainee and, by the age of 28, he had become editor of Look North based in Leeds.

In 1996 he moved to ITN where he played a central role in the launch of Channel 5 News in 1996.

Between 1985 and 1988 Jon studied at Manchester University where he was awarded a BA (Hons) in Politics & Modern History.

He was born in 1966 and he is from Liverpool.