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James Oliver

James Oliver, Britain, is an award winning television producer and investigative journalist for Panorama, the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme. 

His films include investigations into corporate tax dodging, corruption in UK law enforcement, international organisations, organised crime and bribery in world sport. 

In 2010 he produced an investigation into the international football organisation FIFA on the eve of the vote for hosting the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. After obtaining a secret list of $100 million of payments made by a corrupt marketing company to sports officials worldwide the film identified three members of FIFA’s Executive Committee and the former President as having taken bribes. 

As part the ICIJ’s Offshore Leaks project he produced an international undercover investigation exposing corporate service providers willing to help clients evade tax and break money laundering rules. 

An investigation into the mistakes and missed opportunities by social services that led to the horrific killing of Peter Connelly, known as ‘Baby P’ resulted in an award by the Royal Television Society for best Home Current Affairs.  

As an assistant producer he worked on the investigation that revealed the £1 billion paid to Saudi Prince Bander by British arms company BAE. 

Before joining Panorama he worked as a freelance for television programmes including Channel Four's Dispatches and BBC's Timewatch. He has also written for UK publications including The Guardian, The Independent, The Sunday Telegraph, and Private Eye. He is the co-author of a book on UK propaganda in the Cold War, Britain’s Secret Propaganda War

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