James Naughtie, one of the country’s best-known broadcasters, is to be the Chair of the judges for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2009.
During his career, Naughtie has anchored BBC radio coverage of British and American presidential elections and has written and introduced numerous documentaries and programmes for BBC Radio and television.
The longlist, ‘The Booker Dozen’ – the 12 (or 13) titles under serious consideration for the prize - will be announced in early August. The shortlist of six books will be announced in early September. The Man Booker Prize 2009 winner will be televised live on the BBC Ten O’Clock News at the Guildhall at an awards ceremony on Tuesday 6th October 2009.
The full panel of judges will be announced in December.