19 July 1976
Chester-le-Street, County Durham, England
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Ellie Crisell (born 19 July 1976) is an English journalist and television presenter working for the BBC. Crisell currently presents the BBC One 8pm news summary, and is a relief presenter on the BBC News Channel. She was formerly the main presenter of children's news bulletin programme Newsround on CBBC and Newsround Extra.
She is the daughter of Professor Andrew Crisell, a media academic at the University of Sunderland and author of Understanding Radio. Ellie attended Dame Allan's Girls School, Newcastle upon Tyne, before going on to the University of Birmingham, then achieving an MA in Broadcast Journalism at London's City University.
Crisell worked for The Mail on Sunday for a year, and then for a year in radio. She then worked for the ITV regional station, Tyne Tees Television, as a reporter and newsreader for North East Tonight.
She started as a Newsround presenter in February 2003 shortly after previous chief anchor Becky Jago's departure. Significant stories which Crisell was involved in reporting included the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami in which she travelled to Indonesia to see in person the effects of the disaster. She also travelled to Athens in Greece to give daily reports on the 2004 Summer Olympics. In addition to serious reports, she also presented more light-hearted stories, including a report on the Harry Potter-inspired rise of magic in the UK that ended with her being sawn in half by a magician in an illusion called Clearly Impossible. Crisell has not presented Newsround since returning from maternity leave, and her profile has been taken off the show's website. Her final appearance was saying a farewell message to Lizo Mzimba whilst on maternity leave.
On 12 September 2006, Crisell appeared on Newsnight, her first non-sports based appearance on BBC News adult-orientated output. She has also appeared on BBC One's breakfast news programme, BBC Breakfast, presenting news and updates from the Olympics in Athens.
When she returned from maternity leave on 18 August 2008, she presented the morning BBC News updates during Olympic Breakfast. She returned in October 2008 to the 8pm news summary and as a relief presenter on the BBC News Channel.
|Main Presenter of Newsround
2003 – 2008
|Main Presenter of BBC News 8pm Summary
2008 – present
|Deputy Presenter of BBC News 8pm Summary
2007 – 2008