|Born||John Raymond Craven
16 August 1940
Leeds, Yorkshire, England, UK
|Residence||Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom|
|Occupation||Journalist and broadcaster|
Beat the Brain
Craven was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire and educated at Leeds Modern School. He left school at 16 and began an apprenticeship at Yorkshire Copperworks, writing for the company magazine. He started his professional life in print journalism as a junior reporter on a local newspaper, the Harrogate Advertiser, before working for the Yorkshire Post and as a freelance correspondent and writer for national newspapers. He joined the BBC staff in Newcastle upon Tyne to work on local radio and television, before moving to the BBC in Bristol in 1970.
From 1972, Craven was the eponymous host of a regular children's news programme, Newsround, originally called John Craven's Newsround. The first such programme ever produced by British television, it drew on the full journalistic resources of the BBC. It featured a number of news scoops, including the Challenger shuttle disaster in 1986, which occurred minutes before the programme went on air.
Craven became associated with children's TV and presented news items on other children's programmes, such as Multi-Coloured Swap Shop and Saturday Superstore. Years later he also became editor of Newsround.
In 2014, Craven took part in Gareth Malone's All Star Choir. They released a cover version of the single "Wake Me Up" in November 2014 to raise money for the BBC's Children in Need charity. The choir were filmed for a two-part documentary called Gareth's All Star Choir. It was shown on 3 and 10 November 2014 on BBC One.
Awards and honours
Craven is married and has two daughters. He lives in Oxfordshire. Of his career, he has said he expected he would be retired at some future time rather than give up the work he liked so much.
He is vice-president of the Waterways Trust and Patron of SPANA (Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad).
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