Raymond Snoddy

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Raymond Snoddy OBE (born 1946) is a British journalist, television presenter, author and media commentator. Until September 2012 he presented the BBC News Channel's weekly viewer right-to-reply programme NewsWatch, but also writes for a number of publications on issues relating to the news industry.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, Snoddy was educated at Larne Grammar School, and Queen's University in Belfast. After university he worked on local and regional newspapers, before joining The Times in 1971. He later moved to the Financial Times, joining in 1976 and reporting on media issues for the paper before returning to The Times as media editor in 1995. At present, Snoddy is a freelance journalist, writing predominantly for The Independent, although his articles sometimes appear in other newspapers and publications.

Snoddy presented NewsWatch from its inception in 2004 to 2012. The programme was launched as a response to the Hutton Inquiry, as part of an initiative to make BBC News more accountable.[1] His other television work has included presenting Channel 4's award winning series Hard News, which covered the press, and Sky News' Media Monthly.

In addition, Snoddy is the author of a biography of the media tycoon Michael Green, The Good, The Bad and The Unacceptable, about ethics in the newspaper industry, and other books.

Snoddy was awarded an OBE for his services to journalism in 2000.[2]


  • 1993: The Good, the Bad and the Unacceptable: the hard news about the British press, Faber & Faber, ISBN 978-0571161539
  • 1996: Greenfinger: the rise of Michael Green and Carlton Communications, Faber & Faber, ISBN 978-0571173747
  • 2001: It Could Be You: the untold story of the National Lottery, Faber & Faber, ISBN 978-0571200870


  1. ^ "Welcome to NewsWatch". BBC News. 4 November 2004. Retrieved 21 June 2009. 
  2. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 55710. p. 16. 31 December 1999. Retrieved 22 July 2014.

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