Ciaran Jenkins

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Ciaran Jenkins (born 1984, in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales) is a reporter with Channel 4 News,[1] the flagship news programme of British broadcaster Channel 4.

Personal life[edit]

Jenkins was born in Merthyr Tydfil,[2] a former mining town in the valleys of South Wales. His father is the Welsh poet and author, Mike Jenkins. His sister is Bethan Jenkins,[3] a Plaid Cymru politician who represents the South Wales West region in the National Assembly for Wales. He also has a younger sister named Niamh. He read Music at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, graduating in 2005[4] and was a gifted cellist, reaching the final of the Texaco Young Musician of Wales competition in 1999.[5]


After leaving university, Jenkins lived in Japan where he studied Japanese and wrote articles for The Guardian newspaper's Comment is Free website.[6] He studied at Cardiff University School of Journalism[7] during which time he developed a popular political blog, Blamerbell Briefs.

Jenkins is a former BBC Cymru Wales education correspondent,[8] appearing frequently on BBC Wales Today[9] and the Welsh language news programme, Newyddion.[10]

He is most notable for his in-depth investigations into bogus academics and fraud, which led to the effective abolition of the University of Wales, formerly Britain's second-largest university.[11][12]

Jenkins joined Channel 4 News as a reporter in January 2012.[8]


Jenkins was named Royal Television Society Young Journalist of the Year 2012 for his work on Channel 4 News.[13]

Jenkins also won the Current Affairs category at the Celtic Media Awards 2012 for his investigation, Cash for Qualifications, which exposed potential visa and exam fraud at the University of Wales.[14]

His earlier investigation, University Challenged,[15] won Best News, Current Affairs & Sport programme at BAFTA Wales in 2011.[16]

Jenkins won Grand Prize at the inaugural CNN European News Blog Awards in 2006 for his political blog Blamerbell Briefs.[17]


  1. ^ "Channel 4 News press release". Channel 4. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Channel 4 news item about Jenkins' hometown". Retrieved 2 May 2012.
  3. ^ "WalesOnline article about blogging". Retrieved 2 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Fitzwilliam College Alumni Magazine p.6" (PDF). Fitzwilliam College. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Newspaper article about Young Musician competition". Trinity media.
  6. ^ "Guardian Comment is Free". The Guardian. London. 22 February 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Cardiff University Newsletter". Cardiff University.
  8. ^ a b "Channel 4 press release". Channel 4.
  9. ^ "Jenkins on BBC Wales Today". BBC. 3 October 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
  10. ^ "Jenkins appearing on Newyddion". BBC. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
  11. ^ Henry, Julie (22 October 2011). "Telegraph on abolition of University of Wales". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
  12. ^ "BBC on abolition of University of Wales". BBC. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
  13. ^ "TV news broadcasters,Channel 4,ITV channel,BBC,Television industry (Media),Media". The Guardian. London. 21 February 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  14. ^ "Celtic Media Festival Winners 2012". Celtic Media Festival. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
  15. ^ "BBC Wales, Week in Week Out, University Challenged". BBC. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
  16. ^ "BAFTA Wales winners". BAFTA Wales. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
  17. ^ "CNN News Blog Awards". CNN. Retrieved 2 May 2012.