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Guto Harri

Guto Harri

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Guto is best known for being the former Communications Director for the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

Summary:

Guto is the former Director of Communications at News International. A former BBC Chief Political Correspondent, in May 2008 he was appointed as Communications Director for the Mayor of London Boris Johnson's administration at London City Hall. He quit Johnson's team when Johnson was re-elected mayor in May 2012 and was confirmed in his role at newspaper publisher News International shortly afterwards.

Biography:

Guto Harri is the former Director of Communications at News International, since May 2012. Prior to this, from May 2008, Guto was Communications Director for the Mayor of London Boris Johnson's administration at London City Hall. His role was to advise the Mayor on communications and to direct media strategy, whilst working with outside bodies such as the press, public, national and local government and international organisations. Prior to this he was a BBC correspondent. As of 2018 Guto will be the Managing Director of External Communications at Virgin Media owned Liberty Global.

Guto started his broadcasting career in Welsh-language radio before moving on to work on the S4C news programme ‘Newyddion’ and on a number of historical documentaries for S4C, as well as presenting BBC Wales' main election programme.

Guto then moved into Westminster to cover British politics on network television, becoming a regular presenter on BBC television and radio programmes such as The World at One, The Westminster Hour, Westminster Live, PM, Straight Talk, Hard Talk, Despatch Box and The World This Weekend. He also covered the collapse of communism in Romania, Czechoslavakia and East Germany before reporting on the Gulf War from Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Northern Iraq.

In 2002, Guto became Chief Political Correspondent for the BBC's 24 hour news channel and travelled the world with Tony Blair in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. During this time Guto also presented the channel's weekly interview programme, One To One. In 2005, he became BBC’s North American Business Correspondent based in New York until June 2007. In that role, Guto travelled to about 30 states and interviewed a number of senior figures in the world of business and economics, including Robert Rubin, Bill Gates, Eric Schmidt, Larry Page, Sir Howard Springer and Bill Ford, amongst others.

After leaving the BBC at the end of 2007, Guto joined London public relations agency, Fleishman-Hillard for a brief stint as a Senior Policy Advisor, through which he worked for Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai. In 2008, he became Communications Director for Mayor Boris Johnson and was responsible for masterminding the Mayor's successful re-election campaign.

Guto read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Queen’s College, Oxford and went on to undertake a post-graduate degree in Broadcast Journalism at the Centre for Journalism Studies in his home town of Cardiff.

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