James joined BBC Scotland from Grampian in the mid-1970s. He perhaps holds a little place in presentation history for two reasons: he was the first BBC Scotland announcer to use the COW (Computer-Originated World) globe in 1985 – as a result, he started his shift in the early evening calling the channel “BBC Scotland” but changed the name back to “BBC 1 Scotland” when the new ident appeared at 7pm; he’s also quite possibly the last BBC announcer to have uttered the phrase “trade test transmission” – this was on a Saturday afternoon in 1987 when BBC Two Scotland closed down between the OU and coverage of a Scottish party conference.
James left BBC Scotland Presentation in the late-1980s. He went freelance and moved to Leeds. He worked for BBC North East and West Yorkshire FM.
In 1994, he was on of three audio describers in a television trial called Audetel. This provided audio description to blind and partially sighted viewers. The trial led to the inclusion of AD in the 1996 Broadcasting Act and the 2003 Communications Act.
James was later the managing editor of the AD department at ITFC in West London.
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