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The World this Weekend Thursday, 18 May, 2000, 10:48 GMT 11:48 UK
James Cox
James Cox has been presenter of the 'World This Weekend' since 1994, following five years as political editor and occasional presenter of BBC2's 'Newsnight' programme.
He started out in newspapers, but joined BBC Scotland as political correspondent and commentator, just as the great Devolution Debate got started in the 1970s, with the rise of the SNP.

From Glasgow he moved to New York as BBC Radio's North American correspondent, with a wide brief covering the USA, Canada, Central America and the Caribbean. From there he returned to London, as a political correspondent based at Westminster, before joining 'Newsnight'.

In a diverse career, he has worked in both radio and television, made documentaries, current affairs programmes, news reports - even had his own chat show in Scotland, and has covered more Parliamentary by-elections and party conferences than he cares to remember. He also writes regularly for the press on both sides of the Border.

'The World This Weekend', with more than a million listeners every Sunday, is one of the most influential programmes on radio, which, while covering the major news of the weekend, also takes a step back to put the big issues in a wider context.

The programme also regularly reports from abroad, and in recent years has been anchored from locations as various as Washington DC, Tokyo, Sydney, New Delhi, Hiroshima, Helsinki, Cologne, Brussels and Dublin.

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