James Kemp

From Scotland On Air
Jump to: navigation, search

James Kemp was the BBC's Scottish News Editor from 1948 to 1972.

BBC career

When Charles Anderson resigned as the BBC's Scottish News Editor in 1948, Kemp took over the position.

In 1963, the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation (NZBC) asked Kemp to survey New Zealand's news service.[1]

In 1965 his title changed to Scottish Editor, News and Current Affairs.[2]

He retired in 1972.[3]

The journalist Kenneth Roy criticised Kemp's "autocratic" style and claimed that he "showed little flair or sense of adventure".[4]


  1. http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/culture/tv-history/news
  2. 'New BBC post for news editor', Glasgow Herald, 25 February 1965, 9.
  3. BBC Handbook 1974, 112.
  4. Kenneth Roy, The Invisible Spirit: A Life of Post-War Scotland 1945-75 ( ICS Books, 2013)
Media offices
Preceded by
Charles Anderson
Scottish News Editor
Current affairs role incorporated into position
First Scottish Editor, News and Current Affairs
Succeeded by
Hugh Cochrane