James Brookes
James Brookes
Royal Commentator & Correspondent
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An experienced broadcast journalist, bringing a youthful voice to centuries-old traditions

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With experience across print, TV, radio and digital platforms, James is one of the next generation of royal correspondents and commentators.

A graduate of two of the UK's best journalism programmes, James is skilled both in front and behind the camera. He's appeared as a royal commentator and presenter on national UK, European, and international radio and TV networks; and has experience in industry-standard hardware and software to film, edit, and produce high-quality audiovisual content.

With a background in technology and extensive experience producing content for a large digital audience, James offers a fresh, relatable take on a topic that's often seen as stale and stuffy.


Experience with major broadcasters and networks

 

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Television

 

 

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Radio

 

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About Me

 
 
 

 
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SEPTEMBER 2017 - PRESENT | BBC RADIO SHEFFIELD

FREELANCE BROADCAST JOURNALIST

• In-depth current affairs research to a broad brief, focusing on local news angles
• Interviewing and reporting, in recorded and live situations; in studio or on location
• Experience preparing news bulletins, sub-editing copy, preparing radio & TV packages
• Originating, developing and planning current and future programme ideas
• Experience with professional broadcasting equipment and studio environments

 
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NOVEMBER 2016 - PRESENT | ROYALCENTRAL.CO.uk

DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING AND COMMUNICATIONS

• Recruited & lead team of presenters, producing daily news bulletin 'The Recap from Royal Central'
• Primary point of contact for the site's media queries and requests, acting as a spokesperson
• Responsible for building Royal Central's reputation and promoting its work to external parties
• Experience managing press relations with royal producers, correspondents, and royal press offices at Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace


NOVEMBER 2015 -  NOVEMBER 2016 | ROYALCENTRAL.co.uk

DEPUTY EDITOR

• Assisted in daily running of one of the web's largest royal news sites (6 million+ visitors annually)
• Commissioned and developed editorial content and assigned news stories to reporting team
• Extensive experience in subediting, SEO preparation, social media & content management systems
• Recruited new reporters and bloggers

 
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MAY - AUGUST 2016 | DEBRETT's

EDITORIAL ASSISTANT

• Three-month internship on 2017 edition of flagship publication: People of Today
• Extensive proof-reading and subediting skills, with a refined attention to detail
• Experience with website design, content management and SEO
• Created marketing content for targeted mailings, email newsletters and social media
• Interviewed leading UK figures, including fashion designer Jenny Packham, BAFTA CEO Amanda Berry, and chef Jason Atherton


February - July 2016 | EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS

ONLINE VIDEO ASSISTANT

• Sourced video content Daily Express, Sunday Express and Daily Star stories
• Edited and created multimedia content, including video and audio packages
• Regular and extensive use of Adobe Premiere Pro and Brightcove
• Provided web desks with story suggestions from news and viral video agencies
• Assisted on video shoots for newspapers and OK! Magazine

 
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AUGUST - OCTOBER 2015 | ROYALCENTRAL.CO.UK

CHIEF REPORTER

• Produced news articles and blog content for large readership (800,000+ monthly)
• Major event reporting: Princess Charlotte's birth, The Queen's 90th Birthday, etc
• Provided editorial and social media support for senior editorial team
• Maintained effective communication amongst the reporting team

 

 
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SEPTEMBER 2017 - SEPTEMBER 2018 | UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD, UK

MA BROADCAST JOURNALISM

• BJTC accredited course, with specific focus on radio and television news production
• Confident using professional studio and gallery equipment and Burli newsroom system
• Experience sourcing local news stories from across South Yorkshire and presenting bulletins on University's radio station, Forge Radio

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SEPTEMBER 2014 - JUNE 2017 | UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER, UK

BA (HONS) JOURNALISM WITH FIRST CLASS HONOURS

• Modules in key industry areas, including subediting, media law, advertising & PR, broadcasting
• Experienced in multi-platform journalism (produced 30-minute radio show, created 60-page magazine)
• Student Representative - experience representing peers on a course- and University-wide level

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Get In Touch


With over five years of experience in the field, James' commentary is the perfect addition to any royal content. No matter what your needs - print, broadcast, or digital - James will work with you to find the best solution to supplement your coverage.

Interested?

Pop your details in the form below. You can usually expect a response within 24 hours. If you need urgent commentary for a breaking news story, let us know and we'll fast-track your enquiry for a quicker response.


Rates

James is a member of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) in the UK. The NUJ and BBC have an in-house agreement, and James uses the NUJ's recommended figures as a base rate for other broadcasters. Full details are available on the NUJ website.

TV commentary rates start at £75.00 and radio appearances at £65.00, plus any travel expenses. Programmes before 08:00 (GMT) and after 20:00 (GMT) are also subject to a £25.00 disturbance fee.

For an accurate, personalised quote, get in touch below.


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