Sophie Long

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Sophie Long
Born Sophie Long
1977 (age 36–37)
Ethnicity English
Occupation Journalist, Newsreader
Notable credit(s) Spotlight
BBC News Channel
BBC News at Nine
Spouse(s) Will Green (m. 2010)

Sophie Long (born 1977 in Torquay),[1] is an English journalist who works for BBC News, mainly appearing as a presenter on the BBC News Channel.

Early and personal life[edit]

Long was born in Torquay, and in part raised in Weston-super-Mare when her parents moved there. After graduating from King's College London with a degree in War Studies, she worked as an election monitor in Cambodia. Long returned to the UK, working for Reuters news agency before moving to ITN as a newsroom assistant in London.

Long married her childhood sweetheart and long time fiancé Will Green in Cornwall in June 2010,[2] however in November 2012 it was widely reported that she was having an affair with BBC colleague Tim Wilcox.[3][4][5][6][7]

Journalism career[edit]

After gaining a BBC scholarship, the first bursary endowed in honour of the late Jill Dando,[8] Long studied for a diploma in broadcast journalism at Falmouth College of Arts. On graduation, she worked at BBC Radio Cornwall and as a reporter for Spotlight,[9] before joining the BBC's News Training Scheme, working for BBC Radio Shropshire and BBC Hereford and Worcester.

Long then became a news presenter for Midlands Today breakfast and lunchtime slots, before returning to Plymouth to become a main presenter on Spotlight.[10] Long also presented the South West issue of The Politics Show, before moving to be a stand-in presenter and News Correspondent on the BBC News Channel. She soon gave up reporting to cover Anita McVeigh's maternity leave, presenting between 7pm and 10pm on Fridays, and between 7pm and midnight on Saturdays and Sundays alongside Chris Lowe, as well as occasionally filling in during the week. She became the presenter of the weekend on the 4-7pm shift on Saturdays and worked as a general relief presenter, particularly on weekday afternoons alongside Jon Sopel and Julian Worricker respectively. Currently, Long presents the 0830 to 1100 slot on Mondays and the 1100 to 1400 slot on Fridays on the BBC News Channel. She has presented BBC Breakfast, BBC Weekend News, the 8pm summary and daytime BBC One news updates.

In May 2010, she travelled with Nick Clegg during the general election campaign, and in March 2011 reported live for the BBC News Channel from Central London during the anti-cuts protest march.[11]

On 27 July 2011, she provided reports and coverage from the Olympic Park site, which is home to various venues and stadia for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, UK, on the day the UK celebrated the year to go milestone.

In November 2011, Long travelled to the Middle East on a fact finding mission with the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre (BICOM), visiting campaigning groups in Israel and the West Bank, and meeting Israeli and Palestinian leaders.[12]

On 18 March 2013 at 1 O'Clock, Long with newsreader Simon McCoy gave the final BBC News bulletin from BBC Television Centre, with BBC News moving to Broadcasting House in Central London.


  1. ^ "Meet presenters Sophie Long & Chris Rogers". The Politics Show South West (BBC News). 2 March 2003. Retrieved 4 July 2008. 
  2. ^ Walker, Tim (11 June 2010). "Olivia Inge offers advice on how to be a model". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  3. ^ GREENHILL.S., DOLAN .A. and SALKELD.L. (26 November 2012). "Husband of married BBC star Sophie Long 'devastated' after she dumps him for newsreader Tim Willcox (who's a married father of four)" Mail Online. Retrieved 16.08.2013
  4. ^ "Husband of newsreader 'devastated' after she dumps him for co-presenter". Telegraph Online. 27 November 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2013
  5. ^ Davies, Barbara (1 December 2012). "Pictured on her wedding day: Sophie Long, her BBC lover and his unsuspecting wife". Nigeria News. Retrieved 16 August 2013
  6. ^ Boyle, Simon (2012), "BBC current affair: Bosses tell news presenter lovers 'not to appear on screen together'", Mirror Online, retrieved 2013-08-16 
  7. ^ "Sophie Long keeps up the low profile on Tim Willcox affair", Standard Online, 2012, retrieved 2013-08-16 
  8. ^ Sonia McDuff (3 May 2001). "FCA Bursary Winners". Falmouth Navigator. Retrieved 21 January 2008. 
  9. ^ "Sophie Long - Biography". Spotlight. BBC South West. Archived from the original on 23 August 2008. Retrieved 21 January 2008. 
  10. ^ "BBC Spotlight Late News Bulletin". 2 May 2006. Retrieved 21 January 2008. 
  11. ^ "Anti-cuts march: Tens of thousands at London protest". BBC News. 27 March 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "BBC anchor on ‘bespoke delegation’ with BICOM". Liberal Conspiracy. Retrieved 19 December 2011.