James Harding joined the BBC as Director of News and Current Affairs in August 2013. Prior to this appointment James was Editor of The Times from December 2007 to December 2012, having joined the paper in 2006 as Business & City Editor. James worked at the Financial Times for several years, as Washington bureau chief from 2002-2004 and before that as the media editor. Between 1996 and 1999, he was a correspondent in China, where he opened the Shanghai bureau for the FT – the first European newspaper to open an office in the city since the 1949 revolution. Born in London in 1969, James studied History at Trinity College, Cambridge. He speaks Japanese, Chinese, French and German.