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.
- Kate Adie - Chief news correspondent for BBC News during which time she became well known for reporting from war zones around the world. She currently presents 'From Our Own Correspondent' on BBC Radio 4.
- Robin Aitken - BBC journalist since 1978. Left in 2005, ending his career on BBC Radio 4's The Today Programme. Aitken published Can We Trust the BBC? (Continuum Press) in February 2007, which asserted the BBC was guilty of an "unconscious, institutionalised Leftism"
- Kay Alexander - was a main presenter on Midlands Today. She retired in 2012 after nearly 40 years of continuous service.
- Alice Arnold, radio newsreader
- Michael Aspel - one of the early BBC Television newsreaders, together with Robert Dougall, Richard Baker and Kenneth Kendall. He has since hosted This is Your Life and Antiques Roadshow
- Richard Baker - The first to read the BBC Television News in 1954 (in voiceover). He continued to work as a newsreader until his retirement in 1982. He also presented the BBC's coverage of the Proms, as well as Start The Week and 'Baker's Dozen' on Radio 4.
- Joan Bakewell - worked on BBC Radio 4 and Newsnight on BBC Two
- Matt Barbet - presenter on BBC London and previously Radio 1's Newsbeat until he moved to Five News in October 2007.
- Sue Beardsmore - presenter of the regional news programme for the Midlands: Midlands Today
- Martin Bell - was a prolific world affairs correspondent covering many conflicts in 30 years as a reporter until leaving the BBC in 1997 to become a politician
- Claire Bolderson - Presented Newshour on BBC World Service and The World Tonight on BBC Radio 4. Left on 20 March 2012.
- Jennie Bond - Royal correspondent for BBC News for 13 years until 2003
- Louise Botting CBE - presenter of BBC Radio 4 Money Box from 1977 to 1992
- Fern Britton - originally worked for Westward Television, before joining the BBC in the early 1980s as a newsreader on News After Noon and Breakfast Time. She later went on to host Ready Steady Cook, This Morning and That's What I Call Television.
- Michael Buerk - originally a reporter and later a newsreader; presenter of the Ten O'Clock bulletin from 2000 - 2003.
- 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).
- James Dagwell - Presenter and Reporter for the BBC News Channel and BBC World News from 2007 to 2011.
- Nasteh Dahir - foreign correspondent for the BBC in Somalia, murdered in 2008.
- Jill Dando - presenter of BBC News programmes as well as others including Holiday and Crimewatch until her murder in 1999.
- William Davis - Economics broadcaster and commentator. One of the original presenters of The Money Programme and BBC Radio 4's The World At One
- Sir Robin Day - political broadcaster and commentator, presenter of Question Time (1979–89). He died in 2000.
- Robert Dougall - one of the first BBC Television newsreaders along with Richard Baker and Kenneth Kendall. Later a presenter of programmes for people in retirement. He died in 1999.
- Komla Dumor - Presenter on BBC World News until he suddenly died on 18 January 2014.
- 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.
- Adrian Finighan - presenter on BBC News 24 and BBC World until early 2006 when he left for CNN International. Subsequently he left for Al Jazeera English in 2010.
- Sean Fletcher - presenter of Sport News from 2005-2011. Left to join Sky Sports News.
- Anna Ford - presenter of the BBC Six O'Clock News from 1989 until 1999 the One O'Clock News from 1999 until 2006. She had also worked across other BBC News programmes, having been the first female newsreader at ITN. She left the BBC in 2006.
- Max Foster - business reporter and presenter on BBC Breakfast until he left for CNN International in 2005.
- Sir David Frost - presented Breakfast with Frost from 1993 to 2005. Later joined Al Jazeera English. Died 2013.
- 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.
- Anna Jones - presented the 9-1pm shift with Phillip Hayton on BBC News 24 from 2003. She had been with the channel since its 1997 launch, originally as a business presenter. She left in 2005, after 12 years, to become a presenter on Sky News.
- Darren Jordon - originally sports correspondent on BBC News 24, he moved within the department to present BBC Breakfast and was later deputy presenter of the BBC One O'Clock News and weekend bulletins. He left in October 2006 to become a presenter on the Al Jazeera English service, based in Doha.
- Gillian Joseph - read the headlines on BBC Breakfast as well as occasionally presenting the main programme. She also worked for BBC London. She left for Sky News in 2005.
- Natasha Kaplinsky - Presenter on BBC Breakfast from 2002, when she joined from Sky News, until 2005, and then of the BBC Six O'Clock News from 2005 until 2007. While with the BBC she also appeared the One and the Ten O'Clock bulletins, as well as presenting on Children in Need. She left to become the face of Five News in October 2007.
- Kenneth Kendall - The first to read the news in front of a camera on BBC Television in 1955. He retired from the BBC in 1981 and subsequently presented Treasure Hunt on Channel 4. He died in 2012.
- Tasmin Lucia Khan - Presenter of 60 Seconds on BBC Three and E24 on News Channel 2007-2010. Left to join Daybreak on ITV
- Sue Lawley - presented the Nine O'Clock News (1983–84) and the Six O'Clock News at its launch in 1984 alongside Nicholas Witchell. She went on to present Desert Island Discs, but has now left the BBC.
- Jan Leeming - was a BBC newsreader in the 1980s, covering most of the main bulletins. She had previously been a presenter on Pebble Mill At One, Westward Television and HTV News.
- Martyn Lewis - was the first presenter of the One O'Clock News in 1986, having previously worked for ITN. He also presented the Six O'Clock (1994–1999) and Nine O'Clock News until 1994. He left BBC News in 1999.
- Pandita Louram - Worked in the BBC World Service until 2012.
- Chris Lowe - joined the BBC as a graduate journalism trainee in 1972. At one time a presenter of PM (Radio 4), he worked on BBC News channel from 2000 until his retirement on 4 January 2009.
- Donald MacCormick - main presenter on Newsnight during the 1980s: he also presented the Money Programme. Later moved to London Weekend Television. He died in 2009.
- Mary Marquis - main presenter on Reporting Scotland from its inception until 1988.
- Bryan Martin - BBC Radio 4 announcer who announced the death of Elvis Presley in 1977, news of the Iranian Embassy Siege in 1980, and became the network's senior newsreader.
- Laurie Mayer - regular co-presenter on various news programmes in the 1980s, including News After Noon and the Six O'Clock News, as well as BBC Breakfast News. Has also presented South East Today.
- Cliff Michelmore - 1950s TV producer who went on to present Tonight, Twenty-Four Hours and other news and current affairs programmes in the 1960s. Later presented the Holiday programme on BBC 1
- Guy Michelmore - was the main anchor on Newsroom South East during the 1990s. He is the son of Cliff Michelmore.
- Rosie Millard - was the BBC's arts correspondent between 1995 and 2004. She left following a clampdown on freelance writing.
- Kylie Morris - was the BBC's South East Asia correspondent until she moved to Channel 4 News in 2006. She now presents More4 News.
- Dermot Murnaghan - was the main BBC Breakfast presenter from 2002 until 2007, appearing alongside Natasha Kaplinsky and Sian Williams. He joined from ITV and also appeared on the BBC Six O'Clock News and the BBC Ten O'Clock News between 2004 and 2007 before leaving for Sky News.
- Christopher Morris - was a newsreader on all national BBC television bulletins. He was main presenter on the day Lord Mountbatten was murdered by the IRA in 1979, recording the biggest-ever audience, 26 million, for a news bulletin as ITN were on strike. He joined the BBC in 1967 as news correspondent in Spain, reported from many countries and many wars as special correspondent until 1989 when he joined Sky News as senior presenter and foreign correspondent for 11 years. He rejoined BBC as News 24 presenter until becoming Managing Director of his own TV production company, OmniVision, at Pinewood Studios in 2000.
- Robin Oakley - was the BBC's political editor between 1992 and 2000. He is now the political editor for CNN International.
- Nick Owen is the current main anchor on BBC Midlands Today. A co-presenter (with Anne Diamond) of TV-AM in the 1980s, the pair later had their own BBC daytime chat show Good Morning With Anne and Nick (1992–96).
- 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.
- Angela Rippon - the first female newsreader of the BBC Nine O'Clock News when she was appointed in 1975. Later joined TV AM and presented many other shows, including Masterteam, What's My Line? and Crufts.
- Abdul Samad Rohani - head of the BBC World Service's Pashto service in Helmand Province, Afghanistan; murdered in 2008.
- 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.
- Asha Tanna was a news correspondent. She left to become a weekend presenter for Five News in 2007.
- Debbie Thrower was a relief newsreader on the One O'Clock and Nine O'Clock News during the late 1980s. She has also presented Breakfast Time, Songs of Praise, South Today and ITV's Meridian Tonight.
- John Tidmarsh was a television newsreader and foreign correspondent.
- John Timpson was a presenter on Newsroom, the main BBC2 news programme, from its 1964 launch until 1970, when he joined BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
- Alan Towers was the main anchor on BBC Midlands Today during the 1980s, eventually retiring from the BBC in 1997. He had previously worked as a reporter on Nationwide and had covered the 'skateboarding duck' story. He died from cancer in 2008, aged 73.
- Deepak Tripathi was a South Asia correspondent reporting from Afghanistan, India and elsewhere.
- Mark Tully was India correspondent until 1994.
- 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.
- Richard Whitmore - was co-presenter of the BBC Nine O'Clock News with Peter Woods between 1973 and 1981, was the main presenter on News After Noon (1981–1986) and remained with BBC News until 1998.
- Peter Woods - was co-presenter of the BBC Nine O'Clock News with Richard Whitmore between 1973 and 1981. He also presented the main BBC2 programme Newsroom from 1964 until 1973. He died from cancer in 1995.
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