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Wednesday 24 Sep 2014

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James Stephenson

James Stepehenson

Editor, Six and Ten O'Clock News bulletins, BBC One


James Stephenson has been appointed Editor of the BBC News bulletins at Six and Ten O'Clock on BBC One. He takes up his post in August 2009.

He became Middle East Bureau Chief in November 2007 and was responsible for seven offices across the region and news coverage including the Gaza conflict, the Israeli elections and the crisis in Iran.

James joined the BBC in 1988 as a researcher on Panorama, before working as a producer on a wide range of current affairs programmes.

In 2000 he became Deputy Editor of Newsnight and was responsible for planning the programme's coverage in the year following 9/11. The programme was named Royal Television Society News Programme of the Year 2002 and also won the Home News category.

He left to develop The Politics Show, presented by Jeremy Vine, which launched in 2003.

He remained Editor of the programme until 2007 while taking on responsibility for radio political programmes including The Week In Westminster and The Westminster Hour.

He was also responsible for election results programmes, including the 2004 US Presidential Election and the 2005 General Election.

James became Executive Editor for Question Time in 2006, overseeing the programme made for the BBC by independent producer Mentorn.

He is Chairman of the Foreign Press Association for Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

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