Julian Haviland

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Julian Haviland
Born Julian Arthur Charles Haviland
(1930-06-08) 8 June 1930 (age 88)
Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Residence Pitlochry, Perthshire, Scotland
Nationality British
Education Eton College
Alma mater Magdalene College
Occupation Journalist
Spouse(s) Caroline Barbour (m. 1959)
Children 3

Julian Arthur Charles Haviland (born 8 June 1930), is a British print and broadcasting journalist of over sixty years' standing. He was a lobby correspondent at Westminster for over twenty years, and is the former Political Editor of Independent Television News (1975–81) and The Times newspaper (1981–86). He is also the author of two books.

Early life and Education

Haviland was born on 8 June 1930, in the village of Iver Heath in Iver in south-east Buckinghamshire. He is the son of Major Leonard Proby Haviland of the 6th Duke of Connaught's Own Lancers and Military Secretary to the Governor-General of New Zealand, and Helen Dorothea Fergusson, the daughter of General Sir Charles and Lady Alice Fergusson.[1][2] Haviland was educated at Eton College, a boarding independent school in the town of Eton (near Windsor) in Berkshire in South East England, followed by Magdalene College at the University of Cambridge.[1][3]

Life and career

After leaving university, Haviland joined the Surrey Advertiser and worked as a reporter. He then joined the Johannesburg Star in South Africa as a reporter, where he learned to speak Afrikaans, returning to the UK in 1959.[4] He then joined The Daily Telegraph newspaper in London and became its sub-editor, and was a reporter for the London Evening Standard.

In 1961, Haviland joined Independent Television News as a reporter and occasional newscaster. He became ITN's Political Correspondent in 1965, and in 1975 its Political Editor.[3] He reported on the devaluation crisis facing Harold Wilson, the election of Edward Heath and the four-day week, the subsequent return of Wilson to power and was the first person to interview Mrs. Thatcher on the evening of her victory in the Conservative Party Leadership Contest, on 11 February 1975.[5][6] He also interviewed James Callaghan when he became Prime Minister a year later. Haviland contrasted his attitude to political reporting with that of ITN's then-News Editor, Don Horobin, thus: "(for him) it was the Daily Mail that set ITN's agenda. My view was that at ITN we must be at least as responsible and accurate as the BBC, without being so damned boring".[4] Known for his personal kindness off-screen, his television reporting was crisp, well-expressed and fair, and he had a gift for explaining complicated issues succinctly. He was also known on-screen for wearing a plain jersey below the jacket rather than the more formal attire of a waistcoat.[4]

Haviland was a member of the 1975 Houghton Committee, and co-wrote the minority report which persuaded Parliament not to introduce the state funding of political parties, as had been advocated by some Members and suggested by others inside and outside Westminster.[7]

In 1981, Haviland joined The Times newspaper as its Political Editor, reporting on the early problems facing Thatcher's first government. He decided to retire from daily print journalism in 1986, the year of the Wapping dispute between the newspaper's proprietor and the print unions. He moved to the picturesque lochside retreat of Tomintianda, on the banks of Loch Tummel in Strathtummel, a few miles north-west of the largely Victorian-built town of Pitlochry in Perthshire, in the Scottish Highlands, where he wrote two books and occasionally contributed to national political debate. He attended a political reunion of ITN's past and present Political Editors in 2011, to bid farewell to a colleague of many years' standing, and the following year, the funeral of his former ITN colleague, David Walter.[8][9]


Haviland married Caroline Victoria Barbour, daughter of George Freeland Barbour, in September 1959. He has three sons: Peter, Charles and Richard.[1][3]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Julian Arthur Charles Haviland". The Peerage. 7 August 2010. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  2. "Engaged to be Married". Truth. Auckland. 5 September 1925. p. 22. Archived at the National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Who's Who on Television. New York: New York Zoetrope. 1980. ISBN 9780900727726. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Lindley, Richard (2005). And Finally... The History of ITN. London: Politico's Publishing. ISBN 9781842750674. 
  5. Burrell, Ian (12 March 2007). "Tom Bradby, smooth operator". The Independent. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  6. "Margaret Thatcher – TV Interview for ITN". The Margaret Thatcher Foundation. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  7. "The Commission". BBC Radio 4. 4 September 2002. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  8. "ITN political editors bid farewell to Anne Lingley". Channel 4 News. 31 March 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  9. "David Walter – Some tributes". The Media Society. 1 April 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
Media offices
Preceded by
Alastair Burnet 1963 – 1964
Political Editor of ITN
Succeeded by
Glyn Mathias