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.



  • Jasmine Bligh - was one of the first three BBC Television Service presenters in the 1930s


  • 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
  • Tom Chalmers - was a radio newsreader during the war, and later an administrator and developer of broadcasting services for Nigeria. [1]
  • 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.
  • Christopher Chataway - Athlete, and reporter on Panorama from 1956.
  • 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.
  • Elizabeth Cowell - was one of the first three presenters, from when the BBC Television Service started in 1936, and returned after the war in 1946.


  • Richard Dimbleby - was the BBC’s first war correspondent, and then its leading TV news commentator in the 1950s and 1960s, as the presenter of Panorama.
  • 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.



  • 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


  • Peter Haigh - was an English in-vision announcer for BBC Television in the early 1950s, before moving to Come Dancing.
  • Derek Hart - was a presenter and interviewer on the BBC news programme Tonight in the 1960s
  • 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.
  • McDonald Hobley - One of the first BBC Television continuity announcers, appearing from 1946 to 1956.
  • Triona Holden - worked as a journalist from age 17 in the Sheffield Star newspaper, eventually becoming their crime reporter.[3] Her first big story was Peter Sutcliffe, The Yorkshire Ripper.[4] Joined the BBC in 1982, starting on radio before moving to TV. A news presenter and reporter, she covered the miners' strike of 1984-85, later writing Queen Coal: Women of the Miners, published in 2005, derived from her experiences.[5] 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. In 1987 she was the only reporter to broadcasting live from the disaster scene after getting onto the wreckage of the Herald of Free Enterprise when it became semi-submerged off Zeebrugge.[6] She travelled extensively to war zones, famines, comflicts, and other disasters.[7] before retiring on medical grounds aged 39 after suffering from Systemic Lupus Erythematosis.[8] She later reinvented herself as an artist.[9]



  • Keith Kyle - was a reporter for the BBC's Tonight programme from 1960, specialising in coverage of Africa and was based in Nairobi.



  • Leslie Mitchell - was the first voice heard on BBC Television at its inception on 2 November 1936. After the war he moved to ITV.
  • 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.



  • Sylvia Peters - was from 1947 to 1958 a continuity announcer for BBC Television.
  • Graham Purches - was a main presenter on Points West during the 1980s. He left to join HTV West.


  • Brian Redhead - was a co-presenter of the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 from 1975 until 1993, shortly before his death.


  • 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.
  • Valerie Singleton - was a presenter on the late evening TV programme Tonight from 1975.
  • Peter Sissons - was the presenter of the BBC Nine O'Clock News and the BBC Ten O'Clock News between 1993 and 2003, and earlier a newscaster for ITN.
  • 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.
  • Peter Snow - has been involved as an election analyst and co-presenter in the live General Election results programmes at the BBC from 1983 - 2005.
  • 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.


  • Denis Tuohy was a presenter on the late evening TV programme Tonight from 1975
  • John Tusa From 1980 to 1986, was a main presenter of BBC 2's Newsnight programme.


  • 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.
  • Wynford Vaughan-Thomas - was a war correspondent at Anzio, and later a commentator at the Coronation and similar events.



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  2. ^ "How the BBC's stand on Gaza made a front-page protester out of me", The Independent, 22 October 2014.[1]
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  8. ^ How a terrifying brush with death turned staid BBC war reporter Triona Holden into a flame haired rebel [3]
  9. ^ Artist Triona Holden relives war and disaster
  10. ^ 7:52PM GMT 22 Mar 2009 (2009-03-22). "Bryan Martin". Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
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