Joanna Gosling

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Joanna Gosling
Joanna Gosling Heathrow.jpg
Gosling at Heathrow Airport in April 2010.
Joanna Gosling

(1971-01-05) 5 January 1971 (age 48)
EducationAylesbury High School
University of Birmingham
University of Grenoble
OccupationNews presenter, Broadcast journalist
Notable credit(s)
Central News
Sky News
BBC Breakfast
BBC News Channel
BBC Weekend News
Spouse(s)Craig Oliver (1996–2014)[1]

Joanna Gosling (born 5 January 1971)[3] is an English television news presenter, broadcast journalist and author. She presents on the United Kingdom rolling news channel BBC News, and occasionally the first half of the 11 o'clock news hour on BBC2 as well as presenting the Victoria Derbyshire programme on Fridays. Having previously worked for Independent Local Radio, Central Television in the Midlands and Sky News she has been with the BBC since 1999.

Gosling is a graduate of the University of Birmingham from which she obtained a degree in French, and the University of Grenoble. She was married to Sir Craig Oliver, who was British Prime Minister David Cameron's Head of Communications; the couple divorced in 2014. Her first book, Simply Wonderwoman – a guide for busy working women with children – was published in 2011.


The oldest of three siblings, Gosling was born and raised in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire,[4] where she was educated at Aylesbury High School. She was academic and had a flair for languages, and went on from school to study at the University of Birmingham, from where she has a degree in French. After graduating she decided on a career in broadcast journalism.[1] She attended the University of Grenoble in France, and had originally wanted to be a war correspondent.[5]

She began her broadcasting career as a trainee reporter, completing a series of work placements at Birmingham's BBC WM, Fox FM in Oxfordshire and BBC Radio Scotland in Edinburgh, before securing her first full-time position with Independent Radio News where she read the news for Chris Moyles on Capital Radio.[5][6] She worked as a freelance reporter for Central Television and later Sky News, and has been with the BBC since August 1999.[1][6] As a presenter on BBC News 24 Gosling initially worked on the overnight slot when the channel was simulcast with BBC One and BBC World,[6] before moving to the 9:00 am–1:00 pm morning shift with Ben Geoghegan, and then Phillip Hayton.[7] Along with Hayton she was part of the team which anchored coverage of the first anniversary of the September 11 attacks in 2002.[8] In December 2003, she moved to a weekend evening slot on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with Chris Lowe. She had taken over from Anna Jones who moved to her old weekday slot alongside Hayton. During summer 2006, she also appeared as an occasional presenter on BBC Breakfast.

Between 2007 and 2013, Gosling presented the 7:00–10:00 pm shift on the BBC News Channel alongside Ben Brown from Monday to Thursday. Until February 2008, the slot included the programme News 24 Tonight. From 2013, she has presented from 11:00 am and 2:00 pm on the channel, also between Monday and Thursday. Gosling can also occasionally be seen presenting Bank Holiday evening and late bulletins of BBC Weekend News on BBC One. She is also occasionally seen on BBC One presenting news specials.[9]

In April 2010, Gosling was at Heathrow Airport reporting on the events surrounding the air travel disruption following the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull which forced the closure of airspace throughout much of northern Europe.[10] In May 2010 she was seen reporting from Westminster in the aftermath of the 2010 general election as Labour and the Conservatives tried to negotiate a deal with the Liberal Democrats to form a coalition government,[11] and on 11 May broke the news that Gordon Brown would resign as Prime Minister.

She presented analysis of the televised economic debate following that programme on 23 June 2010 alongside Nicholas Owen, the programme being a response to the previous day's emergency budget,[12] and in August interviewed the jazz singer Jamie Cullum as he prepared to give a concert as part of the 2010 Proms at London's Royal Albert Hall.[13] In December 2010 she spoke to Matt Cardle, the winner of the seventh series of The X Factor, which had been announced the previous evening.[14] On 29 April 2011 she was part of the BBC team which presented coverage of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.[15]

In 2008, a clip involving Gosling was included in a list of five "corpsing" on air moments by Channel 4 News, corpsing being a term used in broadcasting to describe someone breaking into uncontrollable laughter live on air. While presenting on the BBC News Channel, she has a giggling fit after forgetting the name of her co-presenter, Julian Worricker.[16]

She is briefly seen in the 2005 television film Supervolcano presenting a fictional breaking news item about an eruption of the volcanic caldera of Yellowstone National Park.[17] She was a contestant on the 2015 series of Christmas University Challenge, where she represented the University of Birmingham alongside weather presenter John Hammond.[18]

Her first book, Simply Wonderwoman: A survival guide for women with too much to do, was published in October 2011 by Kyle Books. It is a guide for busy working women with children.[19] The book was serialised in the Daily Mail.[20] Her second, Homemade Simple: Stylish, Practical Makes for Living and Giving was published in September 2013.[21][22] The book features a series of projects for making things for the home.[23]

Personal life[edit]

In September 2009 she was one of several BBC newsreaders to take part in a charity fundraiser in aid of Leonard Cheshire Disability and the Helen & Douglas House hospices. Gosling, Fiona Bruce, Kate Silverton, Sophie Raworth, and Emily Maitlis performed a medley of songs from The Sound of Music at the Newsroom's Got Talent contest in London, which was presided over by Piers Morgan and Arlene Philips. They lost out to a team from ITV News who performed songs from the musical film Grease.[24] For the 2010 contest in September 2010 she joined Jeremy Vine, Ben Brown and Naga Munchetty to perform a rendition of The Human League's Don't You Want Me?[25][26]

Gosling was married to Craig Oliver, a former Director of Communications for 10 Downing Street.[27] The couple have three children.[28] Gosling and Oliver separated in March 2014.[29]

Gosling lives in west London in a house purchased in 2004 from the sports presenter Mark Pougatch.[30] In July 2010, she appeared at the Chiswick Summer Fair where she swapped her role as a news presenter for that of a sports commentator to oversee the Fair's tug of war contest.[31] Her hobbies include yoga, running, film and cooking.[6]

Business interests[edit]

She is director of Paya Ltd, a company she founded along with her husband in 2005. Oliver has served as company secretary, but declared his intention to relinquish that role on taking up his position at Downing Street.[30]


Year Title Role Notes
Unknown Central News Reporter/presenter
Unknown Sky News Reporter
1999–present BBC News Channel Presenter
2003 BBC News Special: Oscar Nominations Presenter
2005 Supervolcano Herself Briefly seen reading a fictional news item about a volcanic eruption at Yellowstone National Park
2006 BBC Breakfast Presenter
2007 Diana: 10 Years On[32] Presenter News archive programme marking the 10th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales
2007–2008 News 24 Tonight Presenter
2008–present BBC Weekend News Presenter Presents Saturday's early evening and late bulletins on BBC One on rota with other newsreaders
2010 Britain's Economy: Cameron and Clegg Face the Audience Presenter Presented post-debate analysis with Nicholas Owen
2015–present Victoria Derbyshire with Joanna Gosling Presenter Deputy Presenter (Friday) and Newsreader
2015 Christmas University Challenge Contestant


  • Simply Wonderwoman: A survival guide for women with too much to do: Kyle Books (2011): ISBN 0-85783-058-9
  • Homemade Simple: Stylish, Practical Makes for Living and Giving: Kyle Books (2013): ISBN 0-85783-100-3


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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 December 2017. Retrieved 31 August 2017.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  10. ^ Gosling, Joanna (21 April 2010). "First transatlantic flight reaches UK after ash ban lifted". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 15 May 2010.
  11. ^ Gosling, Joanna (10 May 2010). "What role for ministers?". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
  12. ^ "Britain's Economy: Cameron and Clegg Face the Audience". BBC. 23 June 2010.
  13. ^ Gosling, Joanna (26 August 2010). "Jamie Cullum on playing the BBC Proms". BBC News. BBC. Archived from the original on 18 September 2010. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
  14. ^ Gosling, Joanna (13 December 2010). "Matt Cardle: 'It feels strange to win X Factor'". BBC News. BBC. Archived from the original on 14 December 2010. Retrieved 13 December 2010.
  15. ^ Gosling, Joanna (29 April 2011). "Royal wedding: First glimpse of the evening dress". BBC News. BBC. Archived from the original on 30 April 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2011.
  16. ^ "Five corpsing on air moments". Channel 4 News. Channel 4. 28 March 2008. Archived from the original on 15 July 2010. Retrieved 15 May 2010.
  17. ^ "Supervolcano". BBC. 13 March 2005.
  18. ^ Shaddock, Hannah (21 December 2015). "Christmas University Challenge | Series 5 – 1. UCL v Birmingham". Radio Times. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  19. ^ "Simply Wonderwoman: A survival guide for women with too much to do". Archived from the original on 12 October 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
  20. ^ Johnson, Rachel. "Wonderwoman Lives Here". The Lady. Archived from the original on 29 October 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  21. ^ "Homemade Simple: Stylish, Practical Makes for Living and Giving". Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  22. ^ Gosling, Joanna (8 September 2013). "Here's a crafty idea". The Mail on Sunday. Archived from the original on 13 September 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  23. ^ "Crafty ways to a calm home". Express & Star. Midland News Association. 19 September 2013. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  24. ^ Simpson, Richard (25 September 2009). "Fiona Bruce as a cowgirl and Jon Snow as a hippy: Newsreaders as you've never seen them before". Daily Mail. Archived from the original on 19 September 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2010.
  25. ^ "Newsrooms battle it out on stage in charity talent show". Leonard Cheshire Disability. 17 September 2010. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
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  27. ^ "Profile: Craig Oliver". BBE News. BBC. 2 February 2011. Archived from the original on 3 February 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  28. ^ Chapman, James (3 February 2011). "BBC journalist appointed as Cameron's new communications chief after Andy Coulson's departure". Mail Online. Associated Newspapers Ltd. Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  29. ^ Walker, Tim (20 March 2014). "David Cameron's aide Craig Oliver splits from his wife". Telegraph Online. Telegraph Media Group. Archived from the original on 10 October 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  30. ^ a b Lewis, Jason (5 February 2011). "David Cameron's new spin doctor and his tax avoidance plan". Telegraph Online. Telegraph Media Group. Archived from the original on 8 February 2011. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  31. ^ "Joanna Gosling to swap news desk for sports commentary". Neighbour Net. 1 July 2010. Archived from the original on 8 July 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  32. ^ "Diana: 10 Years On". BBC News. BBC. 31 August 2007. Retrieved 17 December 2010.

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