Co-Founder and Editor, Tortoise Media
Reinventing the slow news movement beyond fighting “headline addiction”
James Harding is co-founder and editor of Tortoise Media. Starting at the Financial Times on the European desk, he later opened their bureau in Shanghai before covering the media beat. In 2007, he moved on to the Times where, at 38, he became its youngest ever editor. He was ousted by owner Rupert Murdoch five years later, and moved on to the BBC as director of news and current affairs. In this in-depth interview, James argues that the demand for breaking news has led to “headline addiction”, explains how their ‘ThinkIn’ conferences are creating a more open form of journalism which puts the emphasis on context and depth, and describes the moment he decided to leave the BBC to launch Tortoise on Kickstarter – despite being tipped to become Director-General.
Co-editor & Founder, Air Mail
21st May 2020
Twenty-five years at the top of the glossy magazines, from high society to high-impact journalism.
Co-editor, Air Mail
21st May 2020
Taking the ‘glossy’ magazine ethos online for a global audience with high expectations
Guardian journalist & author 'The Windrush Betrayal'
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Breaking the Windrush scandal: a tip-off, months of persistence against government evasion… and ultimately the Home Secretary’s resignation
Head of Television, BBC Sport
7th May 2020
Leading the team covering the biggest sporting events in the world – and how to cope when the pandemic shuts them down.
Senior International Correspondent, CNN
30th April 2020
Going undercover in some of the world’s hottest conflict zones, highlighting the plight of the most vulnerable people