Roger Johnson (TV presenter)

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Roger Johnson is an English television journalist and presenter, currently working as the main presenter for the BBC regional news programme North West Tonight, as well as a regular weekend presenter of BBC Breakfast.[1]

Early life[edit]

Johnson was born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, and is the son of BBC Radio Stoke commentator Nigel Johnson.

Education[edit]

Johnson was educated at Newcastle-under-Lyme School, an independent school in the market town of Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire. He attended the University of Birmingham and the University of California, Berkeley.

Life and career[edit]

Johnson joined the BBC after university - working as a reporter at Radio Solent and BBC Radio Manchester. His first television role was as a sports journalist on BBC South's news programme South Today. During this time he was also the relief presenter for Sally Taylor and worked for several other BBC Television outlets. He left BBC South in September 2011 after 14 years[2] to replace Gordon Burns as the main anchor on North West Tonight, originally alongside Ranvir Singh[3] and then Annabel Tiffin.

From 2009-2011, he was a regular relief presenter on the BBC News Channel, presenting a variety of shifts during the week and at weekends. He broke the news of the death of singer Amy Winehouse. He also presented BBC World simulcasts on the Norwegian shootings by Anders Behring Breivik and the start of western bombing operations in Libya in 2011.

Johnson has also been a regular reporter on the BBC's Match of the Day and Final Score programmes.[4] He was part of the Match of the Day reporting team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. And is, possibly, the only person to have read the BBC News and commentated on Match of the Day on the same day.[5]

Since 2012, he has been a regular presenter of BBC Breakfast on Sundays. He has also presented the Saturday and Bank Holiday editions of the programme.

Johnson is a patron of Willowbrook Hospice in Prescot on Merseyside, England.[6] He was also a patron of Southampton charity the Rose Road Association's 'Change My Life' appeal [7] and was a supporter of Naomi House Children's Hospice, for whom he hosted a range of fund-raising events. He has also anchored the BBC's regional Children in Need coverage (south or north west) for almost twenty years.

Johnson holds the distinction of scoring the very last goal at the Dell, Southampton F.C.'s former ground, during a half-time penalty game, to entertain the crowd. The match being the very last one played, between professional teams in front of a paying crowd. Southampton played Brighton & Hove Albion and won 1-0. The goal was scored in the first half, leaving the last ever goal to Johnson.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Roger Johnson". Dave Warwick Media Representation. Retrieved April 12, 2014. 
  2. ^ RJ's BBC South final broadcast
  3. ^ "Roger Johnson is the new face of BBC North West Tonight". BBC News. 11 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Napier, Andrew (6 September 2011). "BBC South's Roger Johnson leaving for Manchester". Southern Daily Echo. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  5. ^ http://www.davewarwick.co.uk
  6. ^ http://www.willowbrook.org.uk/news/roger-johnson-joins-willowbrook
  7. ^ "Rose Road". Rose Road. Retrieved 2014-04-02.