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.






  • John Edmunds – a 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.
  • Polly Elwes – was a reporter on the BBC news programme Tonight from 1959 to 1962



  • 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 - was a BBC radio announcer from 1929 up to the 1960s


  • 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.
  • William Hardcastle – founder presenter of The World at One in 1965.
  • 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 – was an English in–vision announcer for BBC Television in the early 1950s, before moving to Come Dancing.
  • Derek Hart – was a presenter and interviewer on the BBC news programme Tonight in the 1960s
  • 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. 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 - was a radio newsreader from 1924 and chief announcer up to 1951
  • Celina Hinchcliffe – presenter of Sport News from 2002–2012. Left due to relocation of Sport to Salford.
  • McDonald Hobley – One of the first BBC Television continuity announcers, appearing from 1946 to 1956.
  • Triona Holden – worked as a journalist from age 17 in the Sheffield Star newspaper, eventually becoming their crime reporter.[1] Her first big story was Peter Sutcliffe, The Yorkshire Ripper.[2] 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.[3] 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 broadcasting live from the disaster scene after getting onto the wreckage of the Herald of Free Enterprise when it became semi–submerged off Zeebrugge.[4] She travelled extensively to war zones, famines, comflicts, and other disasters.[5] before retiring on medical grounds aged 39 after suffering from Systemic Lupus Erythematosis.[6] She later reinvented herself as an artist.[7]








  • Brian Redhead – was a co–presenter of the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 from 1975 until 1993, shortly before his death.


  • 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
  • Valerie Singleton – was a presenter on the late evening TV programme Tonight from 1975. She was also a regular anchor on both PM and The Money Programme, and had previously spend 10 years as a presenter on Blue Peter.
  • Peter Sissons – was the presenter of the BBC Nine O'Clock News and the BBC Ten O'Clock News between 1993 and 2003, and earlier a newscaster for ITN.
  • 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 - was a radio newsreader and commentator from the 1920s to the 1960s.
  • Peter Snow – was the 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 is the father of the historian Dan Snow.
  • Julia Somerville – former BBC journalist, Labour Affairs Correspondent and newsreader, who frequently presented the BBC Nine O'Clock News during the 1980s
  • Moira Stuart – presented many of the main bulletins, including 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.



  • Chris Vacher – was the main anchor on the BBC's Points West from 1983 until his retirement in 2011. He currently holds the record as the longest–serving presenter on any British local news programme.
  • Wynford Vaughan-Thomas – was a war correspondent at Anzio, and later a commentator at the Coronation and similar events. He died in 1987.



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