James Naughtie is one of the country’s best-known broadcasters. During his career, Naughtie has anchored BBC radio coverage of British and American presidential elections and has written and introduced numerous documentaries and programmes for BBC Radio and television.
He has written two books on contemporary politics, The Rivals – The Story of a Political Marriage, and The Accidental American – Tony Blair and the Presidency. He is also the author of The Making of Music, an account of the Western classical tradition.
Naughtie is connected with a number of arts organisations and charities, is a member of the advisory board of the Edinburgh International Festival, a patron of the Prince of Wales Foundation for Children and the Arts, a trustee of the Classical Opera Company, a trustee of the Art Fund Prize for museums and galleries, a patron of Southbank Sinfonia, and a trustee of the Booker Prize Foundation since 2010. In 2008 he was appointed Chancellor of the University of Stirling.
He is also a former chairman of judges of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction.