List of former BBC newsreaders and journalists
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The BBC has employed many journalists and newsreaders to present its news programmes as well as to provide news reports and interviews. The following list names individuals who are no longer employed by the BBC in its news division BBC News.
- Christa Ackroyd - main presenter on Look North from 2001 until 2013. She had previously been a presenter on Yorkshire Television's Calendar during the 1990s.
- Kate Adie – chief news correspondent for BBC News during which time she became well known for reporting from war zones around the world. She currently presents 'From Our Own Correspondent' on BBC Radio 4.
- Robin Aitken – BBC journalist since 1978. Left in 2005, ending his career on BBC Radio 4's The Today Programme. Aitken published Can We Trust the BBC? (Continuum Press) in February 2007, which asserted the BBC was guilty of an "unconscious, institutionalised Leftism"
- Kay Alexander – main presenter on Midlands Today. She retired in 2012 after nearly 40 years of continuous service.
- Kenneth Allsop – reporter for Tonight in the 1960s. He died in 1973.
- Marjorie Anderson – leading BBC radio broadcaster on the World War II BBC Forces Programme, and from 1945 on the BBC Light Programme. She died in 1999.
- Alice Arnold – newsreader, mainly on BBC Radio 4 from 2004 to 2012. She is married to sports presenter Clare Balding.
- Michael Aspel – one of the early BBC Television newsreaders, together with Robert Dougall, Richard Baker and Kenneth Kendall. He has since hosted This is Your Life and Antiques Roadshow and he hosted the children's programmes Crackerjack and Ask Aspel during the 1970s, as well as quizzes such as Give Us a Clue and Child's Play during the 1980s.
- Mark Austin – former BBC journalist and Sports Correspondent for BBC News, from 1982 to 1986. He joined ITN in 1986 as Sports Correspondent. Now the main co-presenter of ITV Evening News and presenter of Good Morning Britain.
- Richard Baker – first to read the BBC Television News in 1954 (in voiceover). He continued to work as a newsreader until his retirement in 1982. He also presented the BBC's coverage of the Proms, as well as Start The Week and 'Baker's Dozen' on Radio 4, in addition to narrating the children's series Teddy Edward and Mary, Mungo and Midge for the BBC.
- Joan Bakewell – worked on BBC Radio 4 and Newsnight on BBC Two. She also presented Late Night Line Up during the 1960s and Heart of the Matter during the 1980s.
- Matt Barbet – presenter on BBC London and previously Radio 1's Newsbeat until he moved to Five News in October 2007.
- Michael Barratt - main anchor on Nationwide from 1969 until 1977, having previously worked as a reporter on Midlands Today. He also presented a number of other television and radio programmes, including Songs of Praise and Gardeners' Question Time. He is married to fellow-former Nationwide presenter Dilys Morgan.
- Brian Barron - long-serving BBC foreign correspondent, reporting from many war-zones and trouble-spots around the world during the 1980s and 1990s. He died in 2009.
- Paul Barry - reporter and presenter on The Money Programme, Newsnight and Panorama from 1978 until 1986. He then moved to Australia, where he has since continued his journalistic career.
- Raymond Baxter - long-serving presenter and commentator on many significant BBC outside broadcasts, usually alongside Richard Dimbleby, most notably the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 and the funerals of King George VI and Winston Churchill in 1952 and 1965 respectively. He was best known as the main presenter on Tomorrow's World from 1965 until 1977. He died in 2006.
- Sue Beardsmore – long-serving presenter of the regional news programme for the Midlands: Midlands Today, from 1983 until 2003.
- Bruce Belfrage - announcer and newsreader on BBC Radio during the Second World War. He became famous for having read the nine o'clock news on 15 October 1940 when Broadcasting House was hit by a German bomb: Belfrage carried on as if nothing had happened. He died in 1974.
- Martin Bell – prolific world affairs correspondent covering many conflicts in 30 years as a reporter until leaving the BBC in 1997 to become a politician
- Jasmine Bligh – one of the first three BBC Television Service presenters in the 1930s. She died in 1991.
- Claire Bolderson – presented Newshour on BBC World Service and The World Tonight on BBC Radio 4. Left on 20 March 2012
- Jennie Bond – main co-presenter of the Six O'Clock News and royal correspondent for BBC News for 13 years until 2003
- Louise Botting CBE – presenter of BBC Radio 4 Money Box from 1977 to 1992
- Frank Bough - long-serving presenter on Nationwide and the first main anchor on Breakfast Time. He was also the main anchor on Grandstand during the 1970s and early-1980s and he later hosted the BBC's Holiday programme.
- Chris Brasher – athlete, and reporter for Tonight in the 1960s. He died in 2003.
- Fern Britton – originally worked for Westward Television, before joining the BBC in the early 1980s as a newsreader on News After Noon and Breakfast Time. She later went on to host Ready Steady Cook, This Morning and That's What I Call Television
- Michael Buerk – originally a reporter and later a newsreader; presenter of the Ten O'Clock bulletin from 2000 – 2003
- Roland Buerk – former BBC Tokyo Correspondent, and son of Michael Buerk.
- Paul Burden - business reporter on 'Look North Manchester', which later became 'Look North West' and then North West Tonight, during the 1970s. He became a BBC national newsreader and financial journalist in 1983, remaining in these roles until 1999. He also presented the Today programme and PM on BBC Radio 4.
- Sir Alastair Burnet - presenter and reporter on Panorama and General Election coverage during the early 1970s: he also presented coverage of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips' wedding in 1973. He rejoined ITN in 1976 as a main anchor on News At Ten, remaining there until his retirement in 1991. He died in 2012.
- Gordon Burns - was the main anchor on North West Tonight from 1997 until his retirement in 2011. He had previously worked for Ulster Television in his native Belfast and he also worked on Granada Reports and World In Action (during his career, he interviewed no fewer than eight British Prime Ministers), but he is best known as the long-serving host of the prestigious ITV quiz The Krypton Factor from 1977 to 1995. Other quizzes he has hosted include 'Password', 'A Word In Your Ear' and 'Relatively Speaking'.
- Sue Carpenter – relief co–presenter on 'News After Noon' and on Breakfast Time during the 1980s and was also a main presenter on Points West. She later joined ITN.
- Tom Carver – held various posts as foreign correspondent, before becoming Washington D.C. correspondent for eight years. Now works for Control Risks Group
- Jonathan Charles – presented BBC World News, BBC News, and World News Today. He has also presented for BBC World News from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, as well as HARDtalk, and BBC World Service programmes. Charles was a world affairs correspondent for the BBC, reporting from many conflict zones, including Iraq, Afghanistan, and Chechnya, as well as natural disasters, and the Beslan school siege. During his career as a journalist, Charles was based in several countries including Belgium, France, Germany and the USA. Now works as Director of Communications at the EBRD
- Michael Charlton – reporter and interviewer on Panorama 1962 – 1976. He also appeared on Newsnight and other BBC programmes.
- Christopher Chataway – athlete, and reporter on Panorama from 1956: he was also an ITN newscaster during its early days. He died in 2014.
- Adrian Chiles - presenter on Working Lunch from 1994-2007 and an occasional relief presenter on BBC Breakfast. He is probably best known as the former main co-host of The One Show, which he left to present ITV's Daybreak.
- Nick Clarke – presenter of The World At One on BBC Radio 4 from 1994 until he died of cancer in 2006. He also worked front of camera on The Money Programme, Newsnight (both BBC2) and The World This Weekend (Radio 4).
- Gordon Clough – former BBC journalist and presenter of BBC Radio 4's The World This Weekend, PM, The World at One and Round Britain Quiz, the latter of which he was also the question-setter. Formerly worked for the BBC Russian Service, and spoke fluent Russian. He died in 1996.
- Pattie Coldwell - presenter and reporter on Nationwide: she also presented Open Air, Loose Women and Radio 4's You and Yours. She died in 2002.
- John Cole – the BBC's political editor between 1981 and 1992. Died 2013
- Stephen Cole – presenter on BBC World and of technology programme Click Online. Now with Al Jazeera English.
- Sue Cook - regular presenter on various current affairs programmes, including Nationwide and Breakfast Time, during the 1980s and 1990s. She has also presented a number of other programmes, including Children In Need, Pebble Mill at One and Crimewatch.
- Alistair Cooke – broadcaster, presented Letter from America until October 2004, he died later in the same month.
- Elizabeth Cowell – one of the first three presenters, from when the BBC Television Service started in 1936, and returned after the war in 1946. She died in 1998.
- Tom Coyne - was the main anchor on Midlands Today during the 1970s. He also worked for Tyne Tees Television in his native Newcastle upon Tyne and as a reporter on Nationwide. He died in 2015.
- John Craven - long-serving eponymous presenter of the pioneering children's news programme John Craven's Newsround from 1972 to 1989 - the programme was later renamed Newsround. He was also a regular co-presenter on Multicoloured Swap Shop and Saturday Superstore during this period. He left in 1989 to become the main anchor on Countryfile, which he still presents to this day. Prior to Newsround, he had worked for the BBC on Look North in Newcastle upon Tyne and Points West in Bristol.
- Vivien Creegor - main presenter on Points West during the 1980s. She also presented a number of other news bulletins on BBC Television and also on Radio 4. She left in 1988 to join the then-fledgling Sky News.
- Rob Curling - main co-presenter and sports presenter on London Plus, which later became Newsroom South East, during the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s. He also hosted the popular BBC daytime quiz show Turnabout from 1990 until 1996. He is now a sports presenter on Sky News.
- Declan Curry - joined the BBC in 1994, working on BBC News, the BBC News Channel and on Breakfast, in which he regularly reported on happenings within the London Stock Exchange and other business news. He later became a presenter on Working Lunch from 2008 until 2014.
- James Dagwell – presenter and reporter for the BBC News Channel and BBC World News from 2007 to 2011.
- Nasteh Dahir – foreign correspondent for the BBC in Somalia, murdered in 2008.
- Jill Dando – originally a presenter on Spotlight before becoming a presenter of various national BBC News programmes, as well as others including Holiday and Crimewatch until her murder in 1999.
- Sammy Darko – has worked across most media platforms from TV, Radio and Online for BBC World and BBC Domestic audience.
- Jason Dasey – Australian sports presenter on BBC World News between 1994 and 1997, including Newsday with Philip Hayton. Would later join CNN International.
- David Davies - main anchor on Midlands Today from 1989 until 1994. He had previously worked for BBC Wales, Nationwide, Newsnight and Songs of Praise. He later worked in various senior roles within the Football Association from 1994 until 2006.
- William Davis – economics broadcaster and commentator. One of the original presenters of The Money Programme and BBC Radio 4's The World At One
- Sir Robin Day – political broadcaster and commentator, presenter of Question Time (1979–89). He died in 2000.
- Frank Delaney - BBC correspondent in Dublin during the early 1970s, mainly reporting on the Troubles. He later hosted various literary programmes on both television and radio and was himself a much-published author. He died in 2017.
- Jack de Manio - announcer on the BBC's Home Service during the 1950s. He then became the main anchor on Today from 1958 until 1971. He died in 1988.
- Anne Diamond - originally worked as a reporter for BBC West during the 1970s, before becoming a presenter and reporter on ATV Today, which later became Central News. She then returned to the BBC as a co-presenter on News After Noon and a reporter on Nationwide, but later joined TVam as its main co-anchor, alongside Nick Owen. The pair went on to host their own BBC chat show, 'Good Morning With Anne and Nick', from 1992 until 1996.
- Richard Dimbleby – BBC’s first war correspondent, and then its leading TV news commentator in the 1950s and 1960s, as the presenter of Panorama. He was the main commentator, usually alongside Raymond Baxter, on many significant outside broadcasts, most notably The Queen's Coronation in 1953 and Sir Winston Churchill's funeral in 1965: he died later that latter year. He was the father of David Dimbleby and Jonathan Dimbleby.
- Peter Donaldson - long-serving newsreader and announcer on BBC Radio 4. He died in 2015.
- Robert Dougall – one of the first BBC Television newsreaders along with Richard Baker and Kenneth Kendall. Later a presenter of programmes for people in retirement. He died in 1999.
- Alan Douglas - main presenter and correspondent on Reporting Scotland from 1978 to 1996. He left to join Scottish Television.
- Komla Dumor – presenter on BBC World News and BBC News Channel until he suddenly died on 18 January 2014. He was the first presenter of Focus on Africa which he presented until the day before his death .
- Chris Eakin - he was presenter of Look North from 1990 to 1997, presented on the BBC News Channel from 1997 to 2015, including many reports from Northern Ireland in the early part of this period and occasional appearances on BBC Weekend News from 2013 to 2015.
- John Edmunds – TV newsreader from September 1968 until September 1973, and then again in October 1974 and between September 1979 and June 1981. He also presented the BBC's regional London TV magazine, Town And Around in 1968/1969
- Gwenan Edwards– presented on the BBC News Channel from 2000 to 2007. Before that she co–anchored BBC Newsroom South East from 1993 to 2000. She presented for BBC World News from 1994 to 1996. She also presented BBC UK Today until it was discontinued.
- Sara Edwards - main presenter on Wales Today during the 1990s and early-2000s, leaving the programme in 2007. She had previously worked for Capital Radio, Radio 4 and HTV West.
- Polly Elwes – reporter on the BBC news programme Tonight from 1959 to 1962. She died in 1987. She was married to the television executive and sports presenter Peter Dimmock.
- Gavin Esler - joined the BBC in 1977 and worked as a regional reporter in Northern Ireland, presenter on Newsroom South East in the mid-1980s, and the BBC's Washington correspondent in 1989. He was one of the launch presenters on the BBC News Channel, then known as BBC News 24, in 1997, co-presenting the very first show with Sarah Montague. He was also a main presenter on Newsnight 2003-2014, a presenter on BBC News at Five, The Film Review and Dateline London, 2008-2017.
- Julie Etchingham - presenter on Newsround during the mid-1990s. She later joined Sky News and Five News, but has been a main presenter on ITV News since 2008.
- Bernard Falk - regular reporter and presenter on 24 Hours during the 1960s and Nationwide during the 1970s. He also presented Start The Week on Radio 4 and the BBC's early-1980s challenge quiz Now Get Out Of That. He died in 1990.
- Lynn Faulds Wood - presenter on Breakfast Time from 1984 to 1986, but she is best known as the main co-presenter (with her husband, John Stapleton), of Watchdog, from 1985 until 1993.
- Adrian Finighan – presenter on BBC News 24 and BBC World until early 2006 when he left for CNN International. Subsequently, he left for Al Jazeera English in 2010.
- Roger Finn - was a presenter and reporter on Newsround during the late-1980s and early-1990s. He later joined BBC South Today, which he still occasionally presents to this day.
- Sean Fletcher – presenter of Sport News from 2005–2011. Left to join Sky Sports News
- Anna Ford – presenter of the BBC Six O'Clock News from 1989 until 1999 and the One O'Clock News from 1999 until 2006. She had also worked across other BBC News programmes, having been the first female newsreader at ITN. She left the BBC in 2006
- Max Foster – business reporter and presenter on BBC Breakfast until he left for CNN International in 2005
- Matt Frei – former BBC Southern Europe Correspondent, Asia Correspondent and Washington DC Correspondent, and the main presenter of BBC World News America. Is now the Washington Correspondent and occasional co-presenter of Channel 4 News
- Bob Friend - joined the BBC in 1969 and regularly reported from various locations around the world over the next two decades, including Northern Ireland, Vietnam, Tokyo and New York. He later became a main presenter on Sky News. He died in 2008.
- Sir David Frost – presented Breakfast with Frost from 1993 to 2005. Later joined Al Jazeera English. Died in 2013
- Andrew Gilligan – journalist implicated in the Hutton Report of 2003 following his report on BBC Radio 4's The Today Programme regarding the content of a British government briefing paper. Resigned following publication of the report's findings in the same year. Now with Press TV
- Margaret Gilmore – former BBC Security Correspondent
- Charles Gibson (From ABC News) – presented "ABC World News with Charles Gibson" from 2007 to 2009
- Freddie Grisewood – BBC radio announcer from 1929 up to the 1960s. He died in 1972.
- Krishnan Guru-Murthy - main presenter and reporter on Newsround from 1991 to 1994. He left to become a producer and reporter on Newsnight and a presenter on BBC News 24. He then joined Channel 4 News, which he still presents to this day.
- Stuart Hall – presented regional news programmes for the BBC in North West England in the 1960s and 1970s, while becoming known nationally for presenting It's a Knockout. Jailed on sex abuse charges in 2014.
- Vincent Hanna - reporter and famously incisive interviewer, originally on Panorama during the 1970s, then on Newsnight from 1980 until 1987, in which he covered political news and in particular the General Election coverage, before being succeeded in the latter role by Peter Snow. He left to set up his own broadcasting company and to work for Channel 4. He died in 1997.
- Brian Hanrahan - long-serving BBC correspondent, reporting regularly both from home and abroad during the 1980s and 1990s, his final role being the BBC's diplomatic editor: he also occasionally presented The World At One on BBC Radio 4. He died in 2010.
- William Hardcastle – founder presenter of The World at One in 1965. He died in 1975.
- Andrew Harvey – presenter of main news programmes including the BBC Six O'Clock News as main and co–presenter (1984–1996) as well as regional news programmes later including BBC Points West and South Today. Left to join ITN.
- Peter Haigh – English in–vision announcer for BBC Television in the early 1950s, before moving to Come Dancing. He died in 2001.
- Derek Hart – presenter and interviewer on the BBC news programme Tonight in the 1960s. He died in 1986.
- Philip Hayton – originally with the BBC's Look North programme in Leeds, later a reporter for the BBC's national news programmes, main and co–presenter of the BBC Six O'Clock News (1987–1994), also presented the One O'Clock News, as well as the mid-1990s daytime quiz The Great British Quiz. Presented on BBC World and BBC News 24, resigning from the corporation in 2005 citing "incompatibility" with his new co–presenter Kate Silverton. He had been with the BBC for 37 years.
- Stuart Hibberd – radio newsreader from 1924 and chief announcer up to 1951. He died in 1983.
- Celina Hinchcliffe – presenter of Sport News from 2002–2012. Left due to relocation of Sport to Salford.
- Gerald Hine-Haycock – known by his then-broadcasting name, Gerald Haycock, was a main presenter and reporter on BBC Points West during the 1980s and 1990s, having previously worked for ITN and HTV News at HTV West.
- Peter Hobday - long-serving main presenter on Radio 4's Today. He also presented Newsnight and The Money Programme.
- McDonald Hobley – one of the first BBC Television continuity announcers, appearing from 1946 to 1956. He died in 1987.
- Triona Holden – worked as a journalist from age 17 in the Sheffield Star newspaper, eventually becoming their crime reporter. Her first big story was Peter Sutcliffe, The Yorkshire Ripper. Joined the BBC in 1982, starting on radio before moving to TV. A news presenter and reporter, she covered the miners' strike of 1984–85, later writing Queen Coal: Women of the Miners, published in 2005, derived from her experiences. She was the youngest female national news reporter and the youngest person to present the Today Programme on Radio 4; presented the Six O'Clock News on BBC 1; PM on Radio 4; Newsbeat on Radio 1 and World TV News. In 1987 she was the only reporter to broadcast live from the disaster scene after getting onto the wreckage of the Herald of Free Enterprise when it became semi–submerged off Zeebrugge. She travelled extensively to war zones, famines, conflicts, and other disasters. before retiring on medical grounds aged 39 after suffering from Systemic Lupus Erythematosis. She later reinvented herself as an artist.
- Bob Humphrys - regular reporter for BBC Wales programmes such as Wales Today and 'Week In Week Out', often alongside his brother, John Humphrys. During the 1990s, he specialised in sports commentary and reporting, particularly rugby. He died in 2008.
- David Icke - former professional footballer, who became a regular reporter on Midlands Today during the late-1970s. He then worked as a regular sports presenter on many national news programmes during the 1980s, including Newsnight and Breakfast Time. He later became a principal speaker for the Green Party.
- David Jacobs – announcer with the British Forces Broadcasting Service during the war, a BBC staff announcer in the early 1950s, and later the presenter of Juke Box Jury. He died in 2013.
- Peter Jay - the BBC's Economics Editor during the 1990s. He had previously been the main anchor on LWT's Weekend World in the 1970s and was the founding chairman of TV-am in 1983.
- Geoffrey Johnson-Smith – presenter and interviewer on the BBC news programme Tonight in the 1960s. He died in 2010.
- Anna Jones – presented the 9–1pm shift with Phillip Hayton on BBC News 24 from 2003. She had been with the channel since its 1997 launch, originally as a business presenter. She left in 2005, after 12 years, to become a presenter on Sky News.
- Darren Jordon – originally sports correspondent on BBC News 24, he moved within the department to present BBC Breakfast and was later deputy presenter of the BBC One O'Clock News and weekend bulletins. He left in October 2006 to become a presenter on the Al Jazeera English service, based in Doha.
- Gillian Joseph – read the headlines on BBC Breakfast as well as occasionally presenting the main programme. She also worked for BBC London. She left for Sky News in 2005.
- Vincent Kane - long-serving presenter and reporter for BBC Wales - he presented Wales Today from 1986 to 1993.
- Natasha Kaplinsky – presenter on BBC Breakfast from 2002, when she joined from Sky News, until 2005, and then of the BBC Six O'Clock News from 2005 until 2007. While with the BBC she also appeared the One and the Ten O'Clock bulletins, as well as presenting on Children in Need. She left to become the face of Five News in October 2007.
- Robert Kee - long-serving presenter and reporter on Panorama. He was also one of the first presenters on TV-AM. He died in 2013.
- Kenneth Kendall – first to read the news in front of a camera on BBC Television in 1955. He retired from the BBC in 1981 and subsequently presented Treasure Hunt on Channel 4. He died in 2012.
- Ludovic Kennedy – television journalist and documentary maker. He presented the BBC's flagship current affairs programme Panorama. He died in 2009.
- Sarah Kennedy - presenter on Sixty Minutes (TV series) from 1983 until 1984. She has presented many other programmes, including the quizzes Game For A Laugh and Busman's Holiday, but is probably best known for hosting her own show on Radio 2.
- Tasmin Lucia Khan – presenter of 60 Seconds on BBC Three and E24 on News Channel 2007–2010. Left to join Daybreak on ITV
- Keith Kyle – was a reporter for the BBC's Tonight programme from 1960, specialising in coverage of Africa and was based in Nairobi. He died in 2007.
- Bob Langley - joined the BBC as a presenter and reporter on Nationwide in 1970, having previously worked for Tyne Tees Television in his native Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1972, he became one of the first presenters on Pebble Mill at One, which he continued to host into the 1980s.
- Sue Lawley – presented Nationwide during the 1970s, then the Nine O'Clock News (1983–84) and the Six O'Clock News at its launch in 1984 alongside Nicholas Witchell. She went on to present Desert Island Discs, but has now left the BBC.
- Jan Leeming – BBC newsreader in the 1980s, covering most of the main bulletins. She had previously been a presenter on Pebble Mill At One, Westward Television and HTV News.
- Martyn Lewis – the first presenter of the One O'Clock News in 1986, having previously worked for ITN. He also presented the Six O'Clock (1994–1999) and Nine O'Clock News until 1994, and he hosted the BBC2 quiz 'Today's The Day' during the 1990s. He left BBC News in 1999.
- Alvar Lidell – BBC radio announcer and newsreader, during the Second World War and into the 1950s. He died in 1981.
- Richard Lindley - regular presenter and reporter on Panorama during the 1970s and 1980s. He later became a presenter on ITV's This Week and he had originally worked as an ITN reporter during the 1960s.
- Judi Lines - main presenter on Look East during the 1970s and 1980s.
- Lynette Lithgow - joined BBC News as a newsreader in 1988, working mainly on daytime and evening bulletins, and on BBC2's Newsview: she joined the BBC's world television service on its launch in 1991. She had previously worked as a presenter on Midlands Today and as a continuity announcer for Granada Television during the 1980s. She was murdered in her native Trinidad in 2001.
- Chris Lowe – joined the BBC as a graduate journalism trainee in 1972. At one time a presenter of PM (Radio 4), he worked on BBC News channel from 2000 until his retirement on 4 January 2009.
- Sue Lloyd-Roberts – worked as a special correspondent for the BBC, travelling to, and reporting on, major news stories across the world, including important issues not covered widely elsewhere. Died of leukemia on 13 October 2015.
- Desmond Lynam - main presenter of Today on BBC Radio 4 from 1974 to 1976 and presenter of the 'Sportswide' section of Nationwide from 1977 to 1983. He is best known as the long-standing main anchor on Grandstand from 1979 to 1999 and on various other sports programmes until he moved to ITV Sport in 1999. He has also presented the BBC's Holiday programme, How Do They Do That? Countdown and Sports Mastermind.
- Mike McCarthy - main presenter and reporter on Look North until he joined Sky News in 2000.
- Donald MacCormick – main presenter on Newsnight during the 1980s: he also presented the Money Programme. Later moved to London Weekend Television. He died in 2009.
- Cathy MacDonald - main presenter on Reporting Scotland during the late 1980s.
- Sue MacGregor - long-serving main presenter on Radio 4's Today programme from 1984 until 2002. She had previously worked as a reporter on The World At One and she was also a presenter on Woman's Hour during the 1970s and 1980s.
- Liz MacKean – former Newsnight correspondent who presented the earliest reports about the widespread abuse perpetrated by former TV star Jimmy Savile
- Donny MacLeod - presenter on Nationwide from 1970 until 1972, before becoming one of the first presenters on Pebble Mill At One, which he hosted until his death in 1984. He also presented The World's Strongest Man in 1982 and 1983.
- Sally Magnusson - main presenter on Breakfast Time and Breakfast News during the 1980s and 1990s. She has also presented Sixty Minutes, Songs of Praise and Reporting Scotland. She is the daughter of the late Magnus Magnusson.
- Mary Malcolm – one of the first two regular female announcers on BBC Television after World War II, and into the 1950s. She died in 2010.
- Tom Mangold - regular reporter on Twenty–Four Hours and Panorama during the 1970s. He was also a reporter on Watchdog during later decades.
- Mary Marquis – main presenter on Reporting Scotland from its inception until 1988
- Bryan Martin – BBC Radio 4 announcer who announced the death of Elvis Presley in 1977, news of the Iranian Embassy Siege in 1980, and became the network's senior newsreader.
- Ian Masters - long-serving main anchor on Look East during the 1970s and 1980s.
- Lucy Mathen - the first dedicated reporter on Newsround, from 1976 to 1980, and the BBC's first-ever female British Asian to front a major national television programme. She later trained as an ophthalmologist and has worked in this role in India since 1996: she launched the non-profit organisation Second Sight in 2000.
- Glyn Mathias – former Political Editor of both BBC Cymru Wales and ITN
- Laurie Mayer – regular co–presenter on various news programmes in the 1980s, including News After Noon and the Six O'Clock News, as well as BBC Breakfast News. He has also presented South East Today.
- Lee McKenzie - Presented inside F1 and was the F1 news correspondent until BBC pulled out of covering the sport on TV in 2015. Now with Channel 4 / BBC Sport.
- Robert McKenzie – Interviewer and presenter, especially of General Election results. He died in 1981.
- Cliff Michelmore – 1950s TV producer who went on to present Tonight, Twenty–Four Hours and other news and current affairs programmes in the 1960s. Later presented the Holiday programme on BBC 1. He died in March 2016.
- Guy Michelmore – main anchor on Newsroom South East during the 1990s. He is the son of Cliff Michelmore.
- Rosie Millard – BBC's arts correspondent between 1995 and 2004. She left following a clampdown on freelance writing
- John Milne - long-serving main presenter on Reporting Scotland from 1972 until 2007. He died in 2014.
- Rajesh Mirchandani – former news presenter on BBC News Channel and relief presenter of BBC World News America on BBC World News channel. Also former Washington, DC Correspondent for BBC News
- Leslie Mitchell – first voice heard on BBC Television at its inception on 2 November 1936. After the war he moved to ITV. He died in 1985.
- Monty Modlyn - reporter and outside broadcaster for Radio 4's Today programme alongside Jack de Manio during the 1950s and 60s. He died in 1994.
- Chris Morgan - worked as a presenter and reporter for BBC Wales during the 1980s, most notably as a presenter on Wales Today. He left in 1990 to work for Thames News and TV-am. He died in 2008.
- Christopher Morris – was a newsreader on all national BBC television bulletins. He was main presenter on the day Lord Mountbatten was murdered by the IRA in 1979, recording the biggest–ever audience, 26 million, for a news bulletin as ITN were on strike. He joined the BBC in 1967 as news correspondent in Spain, reported from many countries and many wars as special correspondent until 1989 when he joined Sky News as senior presenter and foreign correspondent for 11 years. He rejoined BBC as News 24 presenter until becoming Managing Director of his own TV production company, OmniVision, at Pinewood Studios in 2000.
- Juliet Morris - originally worked for BBC South West before becoming a main presenter on Newsround from 1990 to 1995. She left to join BBC Breakfast and has also been a presenter on Countryfile.
- Kylie Morris – BBC's South East Asia correspondent until she moved to Channel 4 News in 2006. She now presents More4 News.
- Dermot Murnaghan – main BBC Breakfast presenter from 2002 until 2007, appearing alongside Natasha Kaplinsky and Sian Williams. He joined from ITV and also appeared on the BBC Six O'Clock News and the BBC Ten O'Clock News between 2004 and 2007 before leaving for Sky News
- Mike Neville - long-serving main anchor on Look North in Newcastle upon Tyne, from 1964-1996. He was originally a reporter for Tyne Tees and he returned to them in 1996, remaining there until his retirement in 2005. He was also a regular reporter on Nationwide.
- Robin Oakley – BBC's political editor between 1992 and 2000. He is now the political editor for CNN International.
- Susan Osman - main anchor on Points West from 1991 until 2005, later becoming a presenter on China Radio International. She had initially worked for HTV West and Channel 4.
- Nick Owen – current main anchor on BBC Midlands Today. A co–presenter (with Anne Diamond) of TVam in the 1980s, the pair later had their own BBC daytime chat show Good Morning With Anne and Nick (1992–96).
- Bruce Parker - long-serving main anchor on South Today, which he joined in 1967, later becoming the programme's political editor. He also worked as a reporter on national BBC News programmes and Nationwide during the 1970s, and he was the first-ever host of The Antiques Roadshow.
- David Parry-Jones - was a long-serving main presenter on Wales Today and a regular sports commentator for BBC Wales, mainly specialising in rugby. He died in 2017.
- Jeremy Paxman – regular presenter on Newsnight between 1989 and 2014. He continues to present programmes for the BBC including University Challenge. It was announced on 24 September 2014 that he will anchor the UK general election coverage on Channel 4. He began his career in the 1970s as a reporter on BBC Northern Ireland and Panorama. He became a co-presenter on the Six O'Clock News in 1984 before becoming a main anchor on BBC Breakfast News, and he moved onto Newsnight soon after that.
- Brian Perkins - long-serving newsreader on Radio 4 from 1965 to 1969 and again from 1978 until his retirement in 2003.
- Sylvia Peters – continuity announcer for BBC Television from 1947 to 1958. She died in 2016.
- Julian Pettifer – reporter for Tonight in the 1960s. He was later the host of the quiz Busman's Holiday during the late-1980s, he narrated the BBC nature programme 'The Living Isles' in 1986 and he presented the ITV series 'Nature Watch' in the 1990s.
- Barnaby Phillips – BBC's Southern Africa Correspondent from 2001 – 2006, and had worked for the BBC for 15 years, reporting from locations in several continents. He now works as Europe Correspondent for the Al Jazeera English television network, initially based in its Athens bureau (2006 – 2010), and now based in London.
- Wilfred Pickles – occasional newsreader on the BBC Home Service during World War II. He died in 1978.
- John Pitman - long-serving BBC journalist: he originally worked on 'Braden's Week' during the late-1960s, but later became best known as a regular reporter on Man Alive.
- Martin Popplewell – regular presenter on BBC News 24 between 2002 and 2003. He now works for Sky News
- Gerald Priestland – foreign correspondent and, later, a religious commentator for the BBC. He died in 1991.
- Esther Rantzen - presenter and reporter on 'Braden's Week' and Man Alive during the 1960s and 70s, and she later had a consumer spot on BBC Breakfast Time in the 1980s, but she is best known both as the main presenter on That's Life! from 1973 until 1994, and for having set up Childline in 1986. She was married to fellow-journalist Desmond Wilcox and is the mother of the actress Rebecca Wilcox.
- Brian Redhead – co–presenter of Today on BBC Radio 4 from 1975 until 1993, shortly before his death (in January 1994).
- Caroline Righton - presenter on London Plus from 1985 to 1987. She left to become a presenter on TV AM, but later returned to the BBC to present daytime and Breakfast Time news bulletins.
- Angela Rippon – the first female newsreader of the BBC Nine O'Clock News when she was appointed in 1975. Later joined TV AM and presented many other shows, including Masterteam, What's My Line? and Crufts.
- Daniela Ritorto – presented overnight bulletins on BBC World News, BBC News Channel and BBC One. As well as Impact, GMT, Outside Source and World News Today. Now with SBS News.
- Fyfe Robertson – reporter for Tonight in the 1960s. He died in 1987.
- Robert Robinson - main presenter on the Today on BBC Radio 4 alongside John Timpson during the early 1970s, and a regular presenter of Stop The Week. He is probably best known for having presented 3 quizzes for BBC Television and Radio for more than 15 years each, namely Ask The Family, Call My Bluff and Brain of Britain. He died in 2011.
- Abdul Samad Rohani – head of the BBC World Service's Pashto service in Helmand Province, Afghanistan; murdered in 2008.
- Helen Rollason - presented Newsround during the late 1980s. She left in 1990 to become the first-ever female presenter on Grandstand and she regularly read the sports bulletins on BBC news programmes during the rest of the 1990s. She died in 1999 following a long and well-publicised battle with cancer.
- Nick Ross - long-serving presenter and reporter on various BBC radio and television programmes, including Today, The World At One, Man Alive and Sixty Minutes (TV series). He was also one of the first presenters of BBC Breakfast Time in 1983, but he is probably best known for having presented Crimewatch for 23 years, from 1984 until 2007.
- Jacky Rowland – BBC foreign correspondent in the Balkans and Middle East in the late 1990s. From 2003 she has been working for Al Jazeera English TV.
- Joshua Rozenberg - presenter and reporter for the BBC from 1975 until 2000, specialising in legal affairs.
- Kate Sanderson (now Kate Gerbeau) — read the headlines on BBC Breakfast until she moved to Five News in 2005.
- Diane Saywer (from ABC News) — presented ABC World News with Diane Saywer from 2009 to 2014, until she stood down in August 2014.
- Selina Scott - one of the first main presenters on Breakfast Time on its launch in 1983. She had previously been a newsreader on ITN's News At Ten and later went on to co-present The Clothes Show.
- Hugh Scully — originally a presenter on Spotlight for BBC South West during the late 1960s, before becoming a main presenter on Nationwide during the 1970s and early 1980s: he was also the first presenter of its spin-off consumer affairs programme Watchdog. He was probably best known as the longest-serving host of The Antiques Roadshow throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He died in 2015.
- Tim Sebastian — joined BBC News in 1979 as their Warsaw Correspondent, later becoming Europe Correspondent, Moscow Correspondent, and eventually Washington Correspondent from 1985 to 1989. He also presented the BBC's HARDtalk from 1997 until 2005.
- John Sergeant — joined the BBC in 1970 and worked as a reporter in various roles, most notably as the BBC's Chief Political Correspondent from 1992 to 2000: he also presented Today and The World At One on Radio Four. He left the BBC to become ITN's Political Editor, but has since returned to the BBC as a reporter and stand-in-presenter on The One Show. He is the father of the journalist Mike Sergeant.
- Adam Shaw - main presenter on Working Lunch from 1994 until 2008, when he was replaced by Declan Curry. He also presented business news bulletins on Today.
- Valerie Singleton — presenter on the late evening TV programme Tonight from 1975. She was also a regular anchor on Nationwide, PM and The Money Programme, and had previously spent ten years as a presenter on Blue Peter.
- Peter Sissons — presenter of the BBC's Six O'Clock News from 1989 until 1993, and of the Nine O'Clock News and the Ten O'Clock News between 1993 and 2003: he also presented Question Time from 1989 until 1994. He had previously been a newscaster for ITN, and was the first main anchor on Channel 4 News from 1982 until 1989, when he was succeeded by Jon Snow.
- Martin Sixsmith — long-serving foreign correspondent, most notably as the BBC's Moscow Correspondent during the 1980s and 1990s. He left the BBC in 1997.
- Mike Smartt — presented Breakfast News as it was then, the One, the Six, the Nine and summaries in the 1980s and 1990s, as well as being a correspondent at home and abroad, covering many of the major stories at the time. He was asked to lead the team putting BBC News Online in 1997, and served as Editor–in–Chief of BBC News Interactive until 2004 when he left the Corporation. Smartt now lectures and writes on journalism and new media.
- John Snagge — radio newsreader and commentator from the 1920s to the 1960s. He died in 1996.
- Raymond Snoddy — original presenter of NewsWatch from its inception in 2004 until 2012, being succeeded by Samira Ahmed. Snoddy, also a thrice published author, now works freelance for the print news media.
- Peter Snow — first-ever presenter of Newsnight, which he continued to present during the 1980s, and has been involved as an election analyst and co–presenter in the live General Election results programmes at the BBC from 1983 – 2005. He also co-hosted Tomorrow's World during the late 1990s. He is the father of the historian Dan Snow, and the cousin of fellow-journalist Jon Snow.
- Julia Somerville — former BBC journalist, Labour Affairs Correspondent and newsreader, who frequently presented the BBC Nine O'Clock News during the 1980s. She later moved to ITN, and subsequently returned to the BBC to co-host Rip Off Britain.
- Howard Stableford - stand-in presenter and reporter on Newsround in 1984. He also presented children's programmes, such as Beat The Teacher and 'Puzzle Trail', but he is best known as a long-serving presenter on Tomorrow's World, which he joined in 1985. He now lives and works in the USA.
- Judith Stamper - main presenter on Look North from 1980 until 1995.
- John Stapleton - reporter on Panorama and Newsnight during the early 1980s. He later became famous as the main co-presenter (with his wife, Lynn Faulds Wood), of Watchdog from 1985 until 1993. During this time, Stapleton also worked as a presenter on Breakfast Time.
- Michael Stewart — reporter for BBC radio news 1980-1984, and stand-in presenter for Today Programme 1982-1984 alongside John Timpson and Brian Redhead and also the PM programme with Valerie Singleton. He moved to BBC television news in 1984, initially reporting for the revamped BBC Breakfast Time. He was a general news reporter until 1990, most notably covering the fall of Romanian President Nicolae Ceaușescu in December 1989.
- Francine Stock - main presenter on Newsnight and The Money Programme during the 1990s.
- Moira Stuart — presented many of the main bulletins, including News After Noon, the Six O'Clock News and the Nine O'Clock News, during a long career. She was dropped from her weekend slot by the BBC in 2007, leading to accusations of ageism. Joined BBC Radio 2 in 2010, on which she had been a newsreader before her move into television.[clarification needed]. She had also been one of the original presenters on The Adventure Game in the early 1980s, shortly before her move into journalism.
- Asha Tanna – news correspondent. She left to become a weekend presenter for Five News in 2007.
- Beverley Thompson - originally worked as a presenter and reporter on Wales Today, before becoming a main presenter on Points West. She then worked on Look North and South Today, eventually becoming a main presenter on South East Today from 2001 until 2009.
- Debbie Thrower – relief newsreader on the One O'Clock and Nine O'Clock News and weekend bulletins during the late 1980s. She has also presented Breakfast Time, Songs of Praise, South Today and ITV's Meridian Tonight.
- John Tidmarsh – television newsreader and foreign correspondent.
- John Timpson – presenter on Newsroom, the main BBC2 news programme, from its 1964 launch until 1970, when he joined BBC Radio 4's Today programme. He died in 2005.
- Alan Towers – main anchor on BBC Midlands Today during the 1980s, having originally joined the programme in 1972 as a presenter and reporter: he eventually retired from the BBC in 1997. He had previously worked as a newsreader on Granada Television and ITN, and later as a reporter on Nationwide, in which he covered the 'skateboarding duck' story. He died from cancer in 2008, aged 73.
- Sheila Tracy - one of the first presenters on Spotlight (originally called 'South West At Six') in the early 1960s. She later became the first-ever female newsreader on Radio 4 in 1974. She died in 2014.
- Deepak Tripathi – South Asia correspondent reporting from Afghanistan, India and elsewhere.
- Mark Tully – India correspondent until 1994.
- Denis Tuohy – presenter on the late evening TV programme Tonight from 1975, and a reporter on Panorama. He had also presented Late Night Line Up during the 1960s, and he was the first person to be seen on BBC2 on its launch in 1964.
- Bill Turnbull - main presenter on BBC Breakfast from 2001 until 2016. He had also presented the Six O'Clock News, Ten O'Clock News and News 24, as well as Songs Of Praise. He is now a presenter on Classic FM.
- Reg Turnill - the BBC's Air and Space Correspondent from 1958 until 1975, covering all manned spaceflights as well as the introduction of passenger jets, including Concorde. After retiring from this role, he continued as Newsround's Space Editor until the mid-1980s. He died in 2013.
- John Tusa – main presenter of BBC 2's Newsnight programme from 1980 to 1986. He also presented the One O'Clock News during the 1990s.
- Chris Vacher – main anchor on the BBC's Points West from 1983 until his retirement in 2011. He previously held the record as the longest–serving presenter on any British local news programme: however, this record has since been beaten by the main anchor on Look East, Stewart White, who has presented the latter programme from 1984 to the present day.
- Wynford Vaughan-Thomas – war correspondent at Anzio, and later a commentator at the Coronation and similar events. He died in 1987.
- Suzanne Virdee - main presenter on Midlands Today from 2001 to 2012 and an occasional relief presenter on BBC Breakfast. She had previously worked for Central News.
- David Walter – former BBC radio and television journalist, programme producer and Paris Correspondent for BBC News - he had also worked for ITN. He died in 2012.
- Bob Wellings - main presenter and reporter on Nationwide from 1971 to 1979. He had previously been a presenter on Look East and About Anglia, and he had also been one of Esther Rantzen's original co-presenters on That's Life! He later became a presenter on the BBC's daytime phone-in programme Open Air during the late-1980s.
- Charles Wheeler – veteran foreign correspondent and a presenter on Newsnight and Panorama. He joined the BBC in 1947 and became the Corporation's longest-serving foreign correspondent, continuing in the role until his death in 2008
- Huw Wheldon – BBC broadcaster and executive in the 1950s and 1960s. He produced and presented programmes, notably the arts magazine Monitor. He died in 1986
- Alan Whicker – Army war reporter in Italy. After joining the BBC in 1957, he became an international reporter for Tonight. From 1958 on, he presented Whicker's World. He died in 2013
- Richard Whitmore – co–presenter of the BBC Nine O'Clock News with Peter Woods between 1973 and 1981, he was also the main presenter on News After Noon (1981–1986) and remained with BBC News until 1998
- Brian Widlake – worked for the BBC in the 1970s and 1980s. Best known for co-presenting the Money Programme with Valerie Singleton. He died in January 2017.
- Desmond Wilcox - main presenter and co-editor of Man Alive during the 1960s: he was also a presenter on Sixty Minutes (TV series) in the 1980s. He died in 2000. He was married to Esther Rantzen and the father of television presenter Rebecca Wilcox.
- Sian Williams - main presenter on BBC Breakfast from 2001 until 2012. She also presented many other main news programmes, including the One O'Clock News and Six O'Clock News. She now presents 5 News at 5.
- Nan Winton - BBC announcer and reporter on Panorama and 'Town and Around' during the late-1950s, before becoming the BBC's first female newsreader in 1960. She was dropped from the role less than a year later, but continued to work on both television and radio as a reporter and interviewer throughout the 1960s.
- Peter Woods – co–presenter of the BBC Nine O'Clock News with Richard Whitmore between 1973 and 1981. He also presented the main BBC2 programme Newsroom from 1964 until 1973. He died from cancer in 1995. He was the father of Justin Webb.
- Glyn Worsnip - presenter and reporter on Nationwide during the 1970s, but he was probably best known as one of Esther Rantzen's co-presenters during the early years of That's Life!. He died in 1996.
- Alistair Yates - main presenter on BBC News 24 and BBC World Service during the 1990s and he later became a presenter on the BBC News Channel. He had previously worked as a newsreader on Midlands Today during the late 1970s, he presented several ITV regional programmes during the 1980s and he became the first-ever male newsreader on Sky News in 1989.
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