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Jane Corbin

Internationally respected for many years as the face of the BBC around the globe, Jane has covered the world’s major conflicts for more than two decades. As senior correspondent for Panorama, the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme, she has investigated the key security and human rights issues of our times and won many awards and accolades for her work.

  • An accomplished international media commentator on the Middle East and terrorism author of well-regarded books and many authoritative articles.
  • Contributes regularly in high level policy arenas – Parliamentary committees, think-tanks and at government level as well as chairing conferences and public speaking.
  • Motivates and manages teams in many countries and complex logistical situations. Used to strategic thinking, planning budgets and dealing with legal issues.

Jane has a wide range of contacts all over the world. She has consistently delivered in the most difficult and dangerous of circumstances while upholding the highest journalistic and ethical standards.

 

Reporter and writer of more than 100 documentaries for Panorama and the BBC specialising in the Middle East and Central Asia 

Author of ‘The Base: al-Qaeda and the changing face of global terror’ and ‘Gaza First’ – an insider account of the Oslo process. 

Expert witness on Iraq, Afghanistan and terrorism before UK Parliamentary Committees and advisor to the All Party Parliamentary Group on conflict resolution. 

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

Four times winner of the Royal Television Society Award and Emmy nominee.


1988-2011: Senior foreign affairs correspondent for BBC Panorama

Jane specialises in foreign affairs, diplomacy and international investigations and is known particularly for her work on intelligence, defence, and non-proliferation issues.

In 2011 Jane has reported from the Middle East on the Arab Spring and from Pakistan on the death of Osama bin Laden.  In Egypt she reported on the people’s revolution which toppled President Mubarak and inspired uprisings across the Middle East.

Jane has also reported in 2009 and 2011 on Iran’s disputed election, the Green Movement and human rights abuses in the Islamic Republic.

In 2009 and 2010 Jane investigated the issue of settlement building in East Jerusalem and the alleged assassination of a Hamas arms dealer by the Mossad in Dubai. She also had unprecedented access to Israeli Special Forces for her film about what really happened on the Mavi Marmara ship when nine Turks were killed by the Israelis.

In 2007, in a worldwide scoop, Jane presented proof of the billion dollar kickbacks paid to Prince Bandar bin Sultan under the British/Saudi Al Yamamah arms deal.

Jane has made seven one hour documentaries in Iraq from 2003 to 2008 including:

  • Searching for Saddam’s Weapons: Jane gained exclusive access to UN inspectors and the secret US unit which searched in vain for WMD’s before and after the war.
  • Saddam on the Run: the inside story of how Saddam Hussein and his sons were tracked and cornered by US military intelligence.
  • Shamed: investigated the scandal of Abu Ghraib revealing how US detainee policy   developed during the ‘war on terror’ from Guantanamo Bay to Afghanistan and Iraq.
  • Hostage: explored the impact of this terror tactic with exclusive access to the family of Ken Bigley and Nicholas Berg and powerful testimony from hostage survivors.
  • The Battle for Basra: Jane entered Basra with the British army in 2003 returning three times to chart the rise of the militias and the secret deal with the British which enabled UK forces to leave Basra.
  • Daylight Robbery: In 2008 Jane revealed how $23 billion had been wasted, stolen and embezzled in Iraq by some of America’s biggest corporations. This programme caused a storm in the US Congress and media and was voted one of the top documentaries of the year by the BBC World audience.

 

1997-2009: International expert on terrorism and al-Qaeda

Jane was one of the first journalists to identify and warn of the threat from al Qaeda years before 9/11. She has travelled extensively in Africa, the Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Far East charting the rise of Osama bin Laden’s militant Islamic movement and has written extensively on it. Jane has become a sought-after international commentator on terrorism appearing on ABC, CNN, Fox and many European networks. Among her reports on terrorism:

  • Britain’s Terror Heartland, December 2008: Jane has most recently reported from the tribal territories of Pakistan and Afghanistan on the threat posed by al-Qaeda and the Taliban gaining extraordinary access to young would-be suicide bombers.
  • Death to America: This 1998 film first brought Bin Laden to the public’s attention revealing his jihadi philosophy and activities in the Sudan and Afghanistan.
  • The Zero Hour: A global co-production for BBC1 which revealed how the four hijackers of 9.11 were radicalised in Germany and planned the al Qaeda attacks.
  • The Hunt for Bin Laden: Jane travelled to Tora Bora in Afghanistan to discover how Bin Laden escaped in the treacherous border area with Pakistan insisting he was still alive when many influential figures claimed he was dead.
  • Author of ‘The Base: al-Qaeda and the changing face of global terror’now in its fourth edition (US and UK) which charts the growth and philosophy of Bin Laden’s organisation and suggests ways to counter the growth of Islamic militancy.
    • Especially impressive is the extensive detail…..the book brings together all the complicated and frightening strands of the al-Qaeda story…’ Washington Post

 

1985 – 2008: The Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Jane has covered arguably the most intractable problem in the Middle East without fear or favour for many years and is respected as an impartial observer by both sides. She was the only journalist in the world to be allowed behind the scenes of the historic Oslo peace process to make an award winning film, The Norway Channel, and then to write a book about the mediation process. She accompanied Yasser Arafat on his return to Gaza and has continued to report on the conflict to the present time.

Gaza First’ (US edition ‘The Norway Channel) Jane’s book published in 1993 explored how the Norwegians facilitated the Oslo Accords which brought the PLO back to Palestinian territory.

  • ‘In this brilliant account of the negotiations that led to the Oslo agreement Jane Corbin sets a new standard for journalistic excellence…..she has mastered the nuances of the bargaining process and conveys a deep understanding of the psychology of each of the participants…’ review.

 

1980 – 1999: The Former Soviet Union and the Balkans

Jane has wide experience of working in Russia and Eastern Europe covering political change, the environment and human rights. She covered the Balkan wars in Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo and undertook dangerous missions to Srebrenica – while the enclave was under attack and after the massacre. Her evidence of the massacre of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims helped convict war criminals at The Hague.

 

1988 – 2006 Non-proliferation and weapons of mass destruction

Jane has also specialised in covering issues of security and non-proliferation. In 1991 she revealed the existence of Saddam Hussein’s nuclear programme, his ‘SuperGun’ and chemical and missile arsenal. She has reported from Iran on their suspected nuclear programme and in The Nuclear Supermarket revealed how Pakistani scientist AQ Khan supplied North Korea, Libya and Iran with nuclear technology.

 

1980 – 2011 The Environment

Jane is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society for her work on environmental issues and winner of a Monte Carlo award for her film about the shrinking Aral Sea and Chernobyl disaster. She has highlighted environmental disasters in Pakistan (the 2010 floods) India (Bhopal) and Bangladesh and in Africa (Mali and the Sahara famine) and reported on the politics of global warming in Greenhouse Wars.

 

Before joining the BBC Jane was foreign correspondent for Channel Four News, Thames and Granada Television. She has a BA Hons Degree in English Literature from Kings College, London University.

 

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