Tim Franks

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Tim Franks
Born (1968-05-14) 14 May 1968 (age 46)
Education King Edward's School
Wadham College
Occupation Journalist, presenter
Employer BBC News
Notable credit(s) Newshour

Tim Franks presents Newshour, the flagship news and current affairs programme on BBC World Service radio. He also, from time to time, presents Hardtalk on BBC World News, and documentaries across BBC TV and radio. He was previously an award-winning foreign correspondent for the BBC.

Personal Background[edit]

Tim Franks was born on 14 May 1968 in Moseley, Birmingham. He was educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham and at Wadham College, Oxford University where he graduated with a 2:1 (B.A.Hons) in Oriental Studies (Chinese). He is married with three children.

Early career[edit]

He joined the BBC in 1990, as a World Service Production Trainee, and spent 5 years as a producer, reporter and part-time presenter. In 1995, he was appointed World Service Political Reporter, based at Westminster, and then World Service Political Correspondent in 1997. He covered not just British politics but events in Northern Ireland, including the breakdown of the IRA ceasefire in 1996, civil disorder over the Parades in Northern Ireland, and the Good Friday Agreement. In 1999, he became a political correspondent for domestic BBC TV and radio, including a spell as the political correspondent for Today (BBC Radio 4).[1] He also started presenting, from time to time, The World At One [2] and contributing to the arts pages of the New Statesman magazine [3]

Foreign Correspondent[edit]

In 2001, Franks became a BBC Foreign Correspondent. His first posting was to Washington, in the six months after the September 11 attacks.[4] In March 2002 he began a five year tour of duty as Europe Correspondent, based in Brussels.[5] He reported from across Europe,[6][7] as well as from Iraq during the war of 2003.[8] In 2004, his training [9] for the London marathon coincided with a month spent in Baghdad [10] He was also, during this time, used as an occasional presenter on the Today programme.[11] In 2007, he was appointed BBC Middle East Correspondent, based in Jerusalem. He broadcast across the region, but with a particular focus on Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. His 2008 TV report about witnessing a deadly attack in Jerusalem [12] drew complaints from the public for its graphic nature.[13][14] In 2009, Franks won a Bayeux-Calvados Award for war correspondents for reporting [15][16] for his piece [17] on Dr Izzeldin Abuelaish, who lost three daughters in Israel’s offensive during the Gaza War. Through his three and a half years in the region, Franks kept a diary, which the BBC regularly published.[18][19] His valedictory From Our Own Correspondent,[20] which dealt with the relationship between his Judaism and his journalism, garnered wide attention [21][22]


In 2010, he returned to London, to take up a role as BBC Sports Correspondent – a position he combined with occasional presenting on Newshour [23] on BBC World Service, Hardtalk [24] on BBC World News, and radio documentaries.[25] In December 2012, his reports for Newshour on the activities of the Greek far right made headlines in Greece [26]

Presenter, Newshour[edit]

In May 2013, he joined Newshour full-time, as the main evening presenter. He continues to present Hardtalk from time to time, [27] along with documentaries on TV and radio. [28] [29] In November 2013, Franks secured the first broadcast interview [30] [31] with the former cyclist Lance Armstrong since Armstrong's confession, ten months earlier to Oprah Winfrey, that he had used performance-enhancing drugs.


  1. ^ Peter Golding and David Deacon (2001-05-21). "Quick jab injects life into campaign | Politics". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  2. ^ Aaronovitch, David (2000-07-21). "Even if things were getting better, how would we know? - Commentators - Voices". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  3. ^ "A master of thoughtfulness". Newstatesman.com. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  4. ^ "Radio4 - Today/Anthrax in Washington". BBC. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  5. ^ "Europe | Reporter's diary: EU summit". BBC News. 2003-12-13. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  6. ^ Franks, Tim (2002-11-01). "Europe | Italian recovery teams battle on". BBC News. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  7. ^ Franks, Tim (2006-04-29). "Programmes | From Our Own Correspondent | Letters of WWI rifleman No 3448". BBC News. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  8. ^ "British Journalism Review Vol. 14, No. 2, 2003 - Not war reporting – just reporting". Bjr.org.uk. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  9. ^ Lucy Atkins (2005-11-03). "What you eat | Life and style". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  10. ^ ""BBC's Baghdad Marathon Man; TV Man Training for the Big Race Finds Two Good Reasons to Go Faster - Bullets and Bombs" - The Mail on Sunday (London, England), April 18, 2004 | Questia, Your Online Research Library". Questia.com. 2004-04-18. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  11. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - Today - About Today". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  12. ^ "Middle East | Jerusalem bulldozer attack". BBC News. 2008-07-02. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  13. ^ Paul Revoir (2008-07-03). "Angry viewers blast BBC for showing graphic footage of a Palestinian man being shot dead | Mail Online". London: Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  14. ^ "Entertainment | BBC 'was wrong' to show shooting". BBC News. 2008-07-04. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  15. ^ "Prize-winners of the Bayeux-Calvados award since 1994 –". Prixbayeux.org. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  16. ^ "Press Office - BBC News wins Bayeux Awards". BBC. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  17. ^ "BBC News - Losing family to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict". Bbc.co.uk. 2010-06-22. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  18. ^ Franks, Tim (2008-04-14). "Middle East | Jerusalem Diary: Monday 14 April". BBC News. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  19. ^ Franks, Tim (2010-06-24). "BBC News - Jerusalem diary: Farewell, l'hitraot, wa masalaam". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  20. ^ "Remaining impartial in the Middle East". BBC News. 2010-06-10. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  21. ^ "Tim Franks: Is he really biased against both sides in the Middle East? - Profiles - People". London: The Independent. 2010-06-10. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  22. ^ Greenslade, Roy (2010-06-11). "Roy Greenslade: BBC reporter on being 'a Jew and a journalist' | Media | guardian.co.uk". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  23. ^ "Newshour - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia". En.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  24. ^ "Hardtalk - Chertoff: Rendition was 'more efficacious' for CIA". BBC News. 2011-09-14. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  25. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - Crossing Continents, The Angola 2". Bbc.co.uk. 2012-04-09. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  26. ^ "BBC report links Golden Dawn to attack on SYRIZA MP". ekathimerini.com. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  27. ^ "Michael Sandel: I want politics to be about big things". BBC News. 2013-05-14. 
  28. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01sczkt
  29. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01sdnkq
  30. ^ https://soundcloud.com/bbc-world-service/newshour-lance-armstrong
  31. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/24893598