Chris Rogers (journalist)

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Chris Rogers
Born 1974 (age 41–42)
Occupation Broadcast journalist, news presenter, producer
Employer BBC
Notable credit(s)

BBC News channel, BBC London News, BBC World News
BBC Weekend News, Panorama

World News Today

Chris Rogers (born 1974) is a British broadcast journalist and news presenter. He has presented and reported for Sky News,[1] ITV News,[2] ITV's Tonight documentary series,[3] and is currently a presenter for BBC News and a reporter for BBC's Panorama and the BBC's Our World documentary series.[4][5][6][7]


Rogers at the age of 19 was a presenter of Newsround on BBC One in 1994.[8][9][10] Among his investigative work Rogers covered the plight of abandoned children left in institutions in Eastern Europe, particularly in Romania. In 2008 this led to the reporter taking the Duchess of York and her daughters undercover in Turkey and Romania for a Tonight special, on ITV.[11] Turkey's foreign minister criticised Rogers' use of hidden cameras for breaching privacy and created diplomatic tensions and even the threat of arrest which Rogers later described in a book called Undercover.[12][13][14] Rogers spent seven months undercover posing as a trafficker, secretly filming European gangs who sold women to UK brothels.[15][16]

Rogers is a contributor for the Mail on Sunday[17] and, since 2010, has been a presenter on the BBC News channel, BBC London News and BBC World News.[18] He is also an investigative reporter for BBC News. Among his films for Panorama, Our World, Newsnight and BBC News he has investigated racism in football ahead of Euro 2012 for what was the controversial BBC TV programme Panorama: Stadiums of Hate. Rogers' BBC News report, "Child Sacrifice", exposing witchcraft in Uganda and the United Kingdom, was nominated for an Emmy award in 2012.[19] In November 2010, August 2011 and March 2013 he fronted the BBC News at Six and BBC News at Ten, during separate strikes by BBC journalists.[20]

In 2013, Rogers made a 30-minute investigative report for the BBC's programme Inside Out which uncovered a trend in sex gang child grooming. Rogers spoke to young Sikh girls who had been sexually groomed by gangs of Muslim men. The reporter gained access to the Sikh community and many victims said that to protect their family honour they had never spoke of or reported their abuse.[21][22] Rogers also travelled to Indonesia where he posed as a coffee importer and uncovered animal cruelty behind a luxury coffee made out of civet cat droppings.[23] Following the programme's broadcast, Harrods removed the civet cat coffee from its shelves.[24][25] In February 2014 Rogers gained access to North Korea. For a BBC Panorama programme Rogers filmed with the future ruling elite who were studying at a western-funded university in Pyongyang and receiving a western-funded education. He also filmed in Pyongyang openly.[26]

For a Panorama Special programme, on 4 June 2014, Rogers reported on what he described as the dark side of Brazil a few days ahead of the World Cup. The film revealed poverty, violence, drugs, and the prostitution of children as young as 9 years old. Panorama – Brazil: In the Shadow of the Stadiums has been described as his best work.[27][28][29] The investigative reporter's work included filming undercover in Guatemala in what campaigners describe as the world's worst hospital where patients were filmed by the reporter in terrible conditions and the hospital's director admitted that the patients were sexually abused.[30] In July 2015 Rogers made a special report for BBC News at Ten and Our World, reporting from the UK and Afghanistan on how unaccompanied child asylum seekers who had fled the war-torn country were being allowed to stay in the UK and live with foster families, but when they reached 18, they were deported back to Kabul after spending most of their lives in Britain, unable to speak the Afghan language, with little knowledge of Afghan culture and being terrified for their lives.[31]

In 2012 he presented a Panorama programme Euro 2012: Stadiums of Hate on antisemitism in Poland and Ukraine, which was criticised by black and Jewish community leaders in Poland for misrepresentation. Rogers was filmed and was accused of, and in 2014 apologised for, giving Nazi salutes, goose-stepping and imitating Adolf Hitler while the crew looked on during filming of the programme.[32][33][34][35] Rogers admitted that he displayed a "lack of judgment" and that his "was deeply inappropriate" and said he had been strongly reprimanded by the BBC at the time.[36] A spokesman said Rogers was freelance and was not used for the Panorama programme after the incident for two years.[36]

In 2015 he became the regular presenter of World News Today on BBC World News, the BBC News Channel and BBC Four.[citation needed] In 2016 Rogers secretly filmed in Thai jails exposing the illegal imprisonment of children. His BBC investigation set out to expose Thailand's treatment of asylum seekers, many being Christians fleeing persecution in Pakistan. Whole families are locked up in jails, some shackled, as the country has not signed up to any international agreements to help refugees and asylum seekers. The BBC Our World claimed that the UNHCR was invited by Thailand to deal with asylum seekers and find another country for them to go to, but the UN admitted to the BBC it was failing to help those seeking refuge because it was under-resourced.[37]


Rogers is a relief presenter on BBC London 94.9's Breakfast[38] and Drivetime.[39] He also has his own radio show on BBC London every Sunday now with former Heart FM presenter Harriet Scott.[40] He also presents OutSide Source on the BBC World Service.[41][42] He regularly presented on BBC Five Live between 2003 and 2005.[43] In his very early career, starting in his teens, Rogers presented No Limits for Hallam FM and was also a presenter on London's Capital FM.[1]


Television shows
Year Title Role
1991 PX (BBC Schools) Presenter
1994–1998 Newsround (BBC) Presenter/reporter[44]
1998–2000 Sky News News reporter[1]
2001 Sky News News presenter[1]
2002 RI:SE (Channel 4) News presenter[45]
2003–2005 ITV News Channel News presenter[46]
2005 -2009 ITV News News presenter/correspondent/investigative reporter[47][48]
2007–2009 ITV Tonight Investigative reporter and producer [12][49]
2009– BBC News channel, BBC London News, BBC World News
BBC Weekend News, Panorama
News presenter
Investigative reporter and producer [50]
2009— Our World Investigative reporter & producer
2013–2015 BBC News at Nine Regular presenter
2015— World News Today Regular presenter


2014: Guild of Food Writers Award: best Programme: Our World Coffee's Cruel Secret (BBC) [51]

2014: Prix Circom Award: Sex grooming gangs: The Sikh Code of Silence (BBC)[52]

2012: Emmy Award : Child Sacrifice (BBC)[53]

2012: Human Trafficking Foundation Media Award: Child Sacrifice (BBC)[54]

2011: Human Trafficking Foundation Media Award, 'They're Dying to Get to Britain' Mail on Sunday[55]

2008: Amnesty International Media Award: Palestinian Child POW's (ITV)[56]

2008: Royal Television Society Award: Best programme: London Bombings: One Year On (ITV)[57]

2007: One World Award, 'Romania's Unwanted Children'(ITV)[58]

2007: Royal Television Society: (Nominee) Television Journalist of the Year (Romania's Unwanted Children ITV)[59]


  1. ^ a b c d Jason Deans (13 February 2002). "Rogers ready for breakfast". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Jubilee Campaign". Jubilee Campaign. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Private medical records for sale: Harley Street clinic patients' files outsourced for computer input - and end up on black market". Mail Online. 
  4. ^ Chris Rogers (18 July 2012). "BBC – Blogs – College of Journalism – Author – Chris Rogers". Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "At this North Korean university, the West may be distrusted — but it's also studied". Public Radio International. 
  6. ^ "BBC News Channel — Our World, Coffee's Cruel Secret". BBC. 
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  9. ^ "Newsround through the years | 1990s". BBC News. 30 November 2007. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
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  11. ^ "ITV Press Centre". 
  12. ^ a b "Journalist Chris Rogers pens 'semi-autobiographical' book". Lovereading. 14 April 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  13. ^ Chris Rogers (14 March 2010). "How I nearly got Sarah Ferguson locked up in a Turkish jail as we exposed barbaric orphanages". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  14. ^ Raynor, Gordon; Hope, Christopher (4 February 2011). "WikiLeaks cables: We can't control Duchess of York, David Miliband told angry Turks". The Telegraph (London). Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  15. ^ "ITN exclusive ends scandal of Filipino child prisoners". PressGazette. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  16. ^ "Palestinian child detainee film wins Amnesty media award". 18 June 2008. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  17. ^ "Journalisted website". 
  18. ^ "Debi Allen Associates". 
  19. ^ "The Emmy Awards – - 33rd Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards nominations". Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  20. ^ Dowell, Ben (19 February 2013). "ITV captures more than 5m viewers with Her Majesty's Prison". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  21. ^ "BBC One - Inside Out London, 02/09/2013". BBC. 
  22. ^ "British Sikh girls being groomed". BBC News. 2 September 2013. 
  23. ^ "Civet cat coffee's animal cruelty". BBC News. 14 September 2013. 
  24. ^ "Calls to regulate Kopi luwak coffee". BBC News. 25 October 2013. 
  25. ^ "News". UK World Animal Protection. 
  26. ^ "Inside North Korea's Western-funded university". BBC News. 3 February 2014. 
  27. ^ "BBC One - Panorama, Brazil: In the Shadow of the Stadiums". BBC. 
  28. ^ "WATCH ‘Brazil – In the Shadow of the Stadiums’; BBC Panorama Exposes Poverty Of World Cup Host". 
  29. ^ "TV: Damien Love reveals the best of this week's TV". Herald Scotland. 
  30. ^
  31. ^ Rogers, Chris; Clayton, Sue (17 July 2015). "The young people sent back to Afghanistan". BBC News. Retrieved 29 March 2016. 
  32. ^ Jackman, Josh (17 March 2016). "BBC apologises after radio host tells listeners ‘Israel hasn’t really worked out'". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 17 March 2016. 
  33. ^ Williams, Amanda (21 May 2014). "BBC Panorama host gave Basil Fawlty style Hitler salute with one finger under his nose goose-stepping in front of crew as he filmed anti-Semitism documentary". Daily Mail. Retrieved 17 March 2016. 
  34. ^ [1]
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  36. ^ a b [3]
  37. ^ Rogers, Chris (26 February 2016). "The Christians held in Thailand after fleeing Pakistan". BBC News. Retrieved 29 March 2016. 
  38. ^ "The Breakfast Show". BBC Radio London. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  39. ^ "Drivetime with Eddie Nestor". BBC Radio London. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  40. ^ "Ex LBC’er James Max joins BBC London 94.9". RadioToday. 8 December 2013. 
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  43. ^ "BBC Radio 5 live – Up All Night, 04/01/2007". 4 January 2007. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  44. ^ "Newsround will be honoured by Bafta on its 40th anniversary". Daily Mail (London). 25 November 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  45. ^ Deans, Jason (29 April 2002). "Channel 4 RI:SEs to the occasion". The Guardian. 
  46. ^ "ITV News Channel • February 2004 – December 2005". 2 February 2004. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  47. ^ "Romanian children sold for £5000". Metro. 4 September 2006. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  48. ^ "Television Journalism Awards 2006". Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  49. ^ Jo Macfarlane (18 October 2009). "Private medical records for sale: Harley Street clinic patients' files outsourced for computer input – and end up on black market". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  50. ^ "Turkish court hearing in Duchess of York secret filming case". BBC News. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
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  53. ^ "The Emmy Awards – - 33rd Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards nominations". Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  54. ^ "Media Awards 2012". Anti Slavery Day. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  55. ^ "Human Trafficking Foundation Media Awards". 
  56. ^ "AIUK : Amnesty announces Media Awards 2008 winners". 17 June 2008. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  57. ^ "RTS London Awards 2006". Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  58. ^ "One World Media Awards 2007". 
  59. ^ Rogers, Jessica (2 February 2007). "Snow, Paxman and Austin in RTS head-to-head". Retrieved 16 May 2013.