Ellie Crisell

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Ellie Crisell
Born Ellie Crisell
(1976-07-19) 19 July 1976 (age 38)
Chester-le-Street, County Durham, England
Occupation Journalist, presenter
Notable credit(s) Newsround
BBC News Summary
BBC News (TV Channel)
Partner(s) Ben Moore (BBC News Reporter)
Children 2

Ellie Crisell (born 19 July 1976) is an English journalist and television presenter working for the BBC. Crisell currently presents the BBC One 8pm news summary, and is a relief presenter on the BBC News Channel. She was formerly the main presenter of children's news bulletin programme Newsround on CBBC and Newsround Extra.

Early life[edit]

She is the daughter of Professor Andrew Crisell, a media academic at the University of Sunderland and author of Understanding Radio.[citation needed] Ellie attended Dame Allan's Girls School, Newcastle upon Tyne, before going on to the University of Birmingham, then achieving an MA in Broadcast Journalism at London's City University.


Crisell worked for The Mail on Sunday for a year, and then for a year in radio. She then worked for the ITV regional station, Tyne Tees Television, as a reporter and newsreader for North East Tonight.[1]


She started as a Newsround presenter in February 2003 shortly after previous chief anchor Becky Jago's departure. Significant stories which Crisell was involved in reporting included the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami in which she travelled to Indonesia to see in person the effects of the disaster. She also travelled to Athens in Greece to give daily reports on the 2004 Summer Olympics. In addition to serious reports, she also presented more light-hearted stories, including a report on the Harry Potter-inspired rise of magic in the UK that ended with her being sawn in half by a magician in an illusion called Clearly Impossible. Crisell has not presented Newsround since returning from maternity leave, and her profile has been taken off the show's website. Her final appearance was saying a farewell message to Lizo Mzimba whilst on maternity leave.[citation needed]

BBC News[edit]

On 12 September 2006, Crisell appeared on Newsnight, her first non-sports based appearance on BBC News adult-orientated output. She has also appeared on BBC One's breakfast news programme, BBC Breakfast, presenting news and updates from the Olympics in Athens.[citation needed]

In November 2006 Crisell started relief presenting for BBC News.[2] In 2008, she was the main anchor for the 8pm News Summary on BBC One.[citation needed]

When she returned from maternity leave on 18 August 2008, she presented the morning BBC News updates during Olympic Breakfast.[citation needed] She returned in October 2008 to the 8pm news summary and as a relief presenter on the BBC News Channel.[citation needed]


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Preceded by
Becky Jago
Main Presenter of Newsround
2003 – 2008
Succeeded by
Sonali Shah
Preceded by
Kate Silverton
Main Presenter of BBC News 8pm Summary
2008 – present
Preceded by
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Deputy Presenter of BBC News 8pm Summary
2007 – 2008
Succeeded by
Riz Lateef