List of former BBC newsreaders and journalists

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The BBC has employed many journalists and newsreaders to present its news programmes as well as to provide news reports and interviews. The following list names individuals who are no longer employed by the BBC in its news division BBC News.




  • Sue Carpenter was a relief co-presenter on 'News After Noon' and on Breakfast Time during the 1980s and was also a main presenter on Points West. She later joined ITN.
  • Tom Carver - held various posts as foreign correspondent, before becoming Washington D.C. correspondent for eight years. Now works for Control Risks Group
  • Jonathan Charles - presented BBC World News, BBC News, and World News Today. He has also presented for BBC World News from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, as well as HARDtalk, and BBC World Service programmes. Charles was a world affairs correspondent for the BBC, reporting from many conflict zones, including Iraq, Afghanistan, and Chechnya, as well as natural disasters, and the Beslan school siege. During his career as a journalist, Charles was based in several countries including Belgium, France, Germany and the USA. Now works as Director of Communications at the EBRD
  • Michael Charlton. Reporter and interviewer on Panorama 1962 - 1976. He also appeared on Newsnight and other BBC programmes.
  • Doug Crawford after a stint in presentation at Radio 1 became the presenter of BBC World Radio Club on World Service. Subsequently spent 35 years as a science interviewer for BBC, ABC (Australia "The Science Show"), Deutsche Welle in Koln and Radio Nederland. Voices many commercials, films and audio books
  • Nick Clarke - presenter of The World At One on BBC Radio 4 from 1994 until he died of cancer in 2006. He also worked front of camera on The Money Programme, Newsnight (both BBC2) and The World This Weekend (Radio 4).
  • John Cole - was the BBC's political editor between 1981 and 1992. Died 2013
  • Stephen Cole - presenter on BBC World and of technology programme Click Online. Now with Al Jazeera English.
  • Alistair Cooke - broadcaster, presented Letter from America until October 2004, he died later in the same month.
  • Frances Coverdale - was a relief newsreader on the BBC Nine O'Clock News and News After Noon in the early 1980s. Later a regular presenter of PM (Radio 4).



  • John Edmunds - a TV newsreader from September 1968 until September 1973, and then again in October 1974 and between September 1979 and June 1981. He also presented the BBC's regional London TV magazine, Town And Around in 1968/1969
  • Gwenan Edwards- presented on the BBC News Channel from 2000 to 2007. Before that she co-anchored BBC Newsroom South East from 1993 to 2000. She presented for BBC World News from 1994 to 1996. She also presented BBC UK Today until it was discontinued.



  • Andrew Gilligan - journalist implicated in the Hutton Report of 2003 following his report on BBC Radio 4's The Today Programme regarding the content of a British government briefing paper. Resigned following publication of the report's findings in the same year. Now with Press TV


  • William Hardcastle - founder presenter of The World at One in 1965.
  • Andrew Harvey - presenter of main news programmes including the BBC Six O'Clock News as main and co-presenter (1984–1996) as well as regional news programmes later including BBC Points West and South Today. Left to join ITN.
  • Philip Hayton - originally with the BBC's Look North programme in Leeds, later a reporter for the BBC's national news programmes, main and co-presenter of the BBC Six O'Clock News (1987–1994), also presented the One O'Clock News. Presented on BBC World and BBC News 24, resigning from the corporation in 2005 citing "incompatibility" with his new co-presenter Kate Silverton. He had been with the BBC for 37 years.
  • Celina Hinchcliffe - presenter of Sport News from 2002-2012. Left due to relocation of Sport to Salford.
  • Triona Holden - joined the BBC in 1984. She was the youngest female national news reporter and the youngest person to present the Today Programme on Radio 4; presented the Six O'Clock News on BBC 1; PM on Radio 4; Newsbeat on Radio 1 and World TV News. She travelled extensively to war zones, famines and other disasters. Her biggest 'scoop' was broadcasting live from the disaster scene after getting onto the wreckage of the Herald of Free Enterprise when it became semi-submerged off Zeebrugge.
  • Sandra Harris - The World At One.







  • Liz Pike - was a regular presenter on BBC News 24 and BBC World between 1998 and 2006.
  • Barnaby Phillips - was the BBC's Southern Africa Correspondent from 2001 - 2006, and had worked for the BBC for 15 years, reporting from locations in several continents. He now works as Europe Correspondent for the Al Jazeera English television network, initially based in its Athens bureau (2006 - 2010), and now based in London.
  • Martin Popplewell - was a regular presenter on BBC News 24 between 2002 and 2003. He now works for Sky News.
  • Gerald Priestland - was a foreign correspondent and, later, a religious commentator for the BBC.
  • Graham Purches - was a main presenter on Points West during the 1980s. He left to join HTV West.



  • Kate Sanderson (now Kate Gerbeau) - read the headlines on BBC Breakfast until she moved to Five News in 2005.
  • Richard Scott - transport correspondent till November 2011. Left to become head of news at BAA.
  • Mike Smartt - presented Breakfast News as it was then, the One, the Six, the Nine and summaries in the 1980s and 1990s as well as being a correspondent at home and abroad, covering many of the major stories at the time. He was asked to lead the team putting BBC News Online in 1997 and served as Editor-in-Chief of BBC News Interactive until 2004 when he left the Corporation. Smartt now lectures and writes on journalism and new media.
  • Moira Stuart - presented many of the main bulletins, including the Six O'Clock News and the Nine O'Clock News, during a long career. She was dropped from her weekend slot by the BBC in 2007, leading to accusations of ageism. Joined BBC Radio 2 in 2010, on which she had been a newsreader before her move into television.



  • Chris Vacher was the main anchor on the BBC's Points West from 1983 until his retirement in 2011. He currently holds the record as the longest-serving presenter on any British local news programme.



  1. ^ 7:52PM GMT 22 Mar 2009 (2009-03-22). "Bryan Martin". Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 

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