The Newsround logo
|Format||Children's news magazine|
|Created by||Edward Barnes & John Craven|
|Presented by||Ore Oduba
(See full list)
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
BBC TV Centre (1972–2011)
|Running time||5 - 15 minutes|
|Original channel||BBC One (1972–2012)
|Original run||4 April 1972– present|
|Preceded by||BBC Television Children's Newsreel|
|Related shows||Newsround Specials
Newsround (originally called John Craven's Newsround, before the departure of Craven) is a BBC children's news programme, which has run continuously since 4 April 1972, and was one of the world's first television news magazines aimed specifically at children. Initially commissioned as a short series by BBC Children's Department, who held editorial control, its facilities are provided by BBC News. The programme is aimed at 6 to 12-year-olds.
Originally known as John Craven's Newsround, it was mostly presented by John Craven between 4 April 1972 and 22 June 1989. Originally, stand-in presenters came from main BBC News bulletins, including Richard Whitmore. The programme's reporter was Lucy Mathen. By the 1980s, the programme had developed its own presentation team including Roger Finn and Helen Rollason with Craven in the dual role of chief presenter and programme editor.
Shortly before Craven's departure, the show was renamed Newsround, and was now anchored by a rotating team of presenters. Past presenters have included David Bull, Juliet Morris, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Julie Etchingham, Chris Rogers, Kate Sanderson, Matthew Price and Becky Jago. Regular reporters on the programme, who have also presented it, include Paul McDowell, Paul Welsh, Lizo Mzimba and Terry Baddoo.
The distinctive opening theme used for the first fifteen years of the programme was not composed especially for it, but is instead the opening eight bars of a 1968 cover of Johnny One Note by Ted Heath and his Music. The closing sting used the last couple of bars of New Worlds by John Baker, recorded by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. The theme has been updated many times throughout its run (1986, 1991, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2006 and, most recently, in 2008).
Newsround was the first British television programme to break the news of the loss of the Space Shuttle Challenger on 28 January 1986. As the event was shown during the opening titles, it is often erroneously stated that the tragedy happened live on air, but it in fact happened about fifteen minutes earlier. (There was a "Recorded Earlier" caption on the screen. This edition was presented by Roger Finn, who had only recently joined the programme.
In February 2002, Newsround expanded from a sole ten-minute programme on weeknights to through-the-day bulletins seven days a week to tie-in with the launch of the CBBC Channel. With this included a new theme, titles and presenting team. In 2009, a small bureau for the programme was opened at the BBC's former Manchester studios. As part of the relocation of the BBC Children's Department, Newsround began broadcasting from new studios at MediaCityUK in Salford Quays on Monday 21 November 2011. No changes were made except Newsround now had a smaller studio.
On weekdays, a two-minute bulletin is broadcast at the start of the CBBC Channel's transmission at 7am. One-minute bulletins are broadcast on BBC Two at 7:25am. Five-minute bulletins air on the CBBC Channel at 8:25am and 6:25pm. Recently, Newsround introduced a number of short 60 second bulletins in addition to the other digital updates, shown at 3.25pm, 4.25pm and 5.45pm on the CBBC Channel.
The main fifteen-minute edition of Newsround aired on BBC One at 5:00pm. The final BBC One edition was broadcast on 20 December 2012.
Bulletins are also broadcast on the CBBC Channel during the morning on weekend.
A variation on the regular format of Newsround is a series of short (typically 15-minute) documentary films, previously broadcast under the title Newsround Extra but now called "specials", which have been a regular feature since the late 1970s. Two or three series of these documentaries air during the year, which replace the regular bulletins on one day of the week (for Extras it was usually Monday, although sometimes on Fridays, particularly during the 1980s).
Newsround Specials in recent years have included:
- The Wrong Trainers: a series of six animated films dealing with child poverty. The programme won the 2006 Royal Television Society award for best children's programme and the 2007 BAFTA children's award for best factual programme.
- The Worst Thing Ever: a dramatised documentary revolving around a child's experience of their parents' divorce.
- Newsround on Knives: an animated look at knife crime from a child's point of view.
- Gone: interviews with four bereaved children.
- Whose Side Are You On?: a drama on the role of bystanders in tackling bullying featuring Joe Calzaghe, Aston Merrygold, Patsy Palmer, George Sampson and Gemma Hunt. (first shown 16 November 2009)
- Caught in the Web: a dramatised documentary on Internet safety featuring case studies from real children, narrated by David Tennant and nominated for a BAFTA in October 2010. (first shown 11 February 2010)
- Living with Alcohol: a special about children's experiences with alcohol, presented by Barney Harwood.
- "Ricky Investigates": a six-part investigative series which began on 28 September 2010
A one-off Newsround Investigates documentary on arson in schools was broadcast in May 2006.
- Football and Race: a special about if racism still exists in football, presented by Ore Oduba. (first shown 17 August 2012)
- Behind Closed Doors: a special about children's experience with domestic violence, presented by Barney Harwood featuring Alesha Dixon. (first shown 19 March 2012)
- My Autism and Me: a special about what it is like to have autism with 13 year old Rosie King. (first shown 11 November 2011)
- The Real Tracy Beaker: a special about what it is like to grow up in care, presented by Dani Harmer. (first shown ?)
- Welcome to My World: a special when to children from different cultures spend a week in each other's lives, narrated by Leah Gooding. (first shown 6 December 2011)
- Behind the Riots: a special about the riots, what's been going on and why, presented by Sonali Shah. (first shown 12 August 2011)
- Children of the Drought: a special about the impact of the drought to Kenyan children, presented by Ricky Boleto. (first shown 28 July 2011)
- Living with Cancer: a special about how cancer affects the lives of children, presented by Dominique Moore. (first shown 29 March 2011)
- Life on the Front Line: a special about why our troops are in Afghanistan and what we are doing, presented by Ore Oduba. (first shown 28 February 2011)
- Growing Up In A War Zone: a special about how the lives of children in Afghanistan are affected by the war, presented by Sonali Shah. (first shown 22 November 2010)
- Up And Away: a special about primary school children moving up to secondary school, what it's like and how to deal with it, presented by 14 year old Rosie King. It was part of CBBC's Moving Up series of programmes.
- My Dyslexic Mind: a special about dyslexia, explaining it and what it's like to be a child with it, presented by 12 year old Ben.
- Decision Time USA: a special explaining to kids about the 2012 US election between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
- Hard Times: a special about children who are finding it tough in the current economic crisis, presented by Ricky Boleto.
A light-hearted entertainment news round-up, originally known as Newsround Lite and introduced as part of the CBBC Channel's launch in February 2002. The latter version of the show was hosted by regular Newsround presenters/reporters Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes, Adam Fleming, Rachel Horne and Thalia Pellegrini, and produced by Sinéad Rocks. The programme was axed in 2005.
A Saturday morning sports magazine show introduced in September 2005, it was cancelled in December 2010 and replaced by Match of the Day Kickabout. In 2010 it was presented by Ore Oduba with reporters Des Clarke and Jon Franks.
Newsround Review of the Year
Until 2006, a half-hour review of the year special was produced for broadcast during the Christmas/New Year period.
- Newsround at BBC Online
- Newsround Message Boards at BBC Online
- BBC Editors' blog - Simon Goretzki
- BBC Editors' blog - former editor Sinéad Rocks
- BBC Editors' blog - former editor Tim Levell
- Newsround blog
- Newsround History
- British Film Institute Screen Online
- Newsround at the Internet Movie Database