Raymond Snoddy

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Raymond Snoddy[1]
Born Matthew Raymond Snoddy[2]
1946 (age 69–70)
Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Nationality British
Ethnicity White British
Alma mater Queen's University, Belfast[1]
Occupation Broadcast and print media news journalist
Years active c.1970 – present
Employer BBC News (former)
Known for Television news presenter, author
Notable work Michael Green biography: The Good, the Bad and the Unacceptable: The Hard News about the British Press[1]
Title Presenter of BBC News 24 NewsWatch[1]
Term 2004 – 2012
Predecessor None
Successor Samira Ahmed
Spouse(s) Diana[3]

Matthew Raymond Snoddy OBE,[2] born 1946 (age 69–70), commonly known as Raymond Snoddy, is a British news media journalist, television presenter, author and media commentator. From its inception in 2004, until September 2012, he was the original and sole presenter of the BBC News 24's weekly viewer right-to-reply programme NewsWatch.[1][3][4] Snoddy started his journalistic career writing for a number of publications on issues relating to the news industry, and continues in this vein.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, Snoddy was educated at Larne Grammar School, and Queen's University in Belfast.[1] After university, he worked on local and regional newspapers, before joining The Times in 1971.[1] He later moved to the Financial Times (FT),[3] joining in 1978, and reporting on media issues for the paper, before returning to The Times as media editor in 1997.[1][3] Whilst working at the FT, Snoddy made occasional appearances as guest presenter on the observational newspaper review TV show What the Papers Say.[5] At present, Snoddy is a freelance journalist, writing predominantly for The Independent,[3] although his articles sometimes appear in other newspapers and publications.[1]

Following his departure from The Times in late June 2004,[3] Snoddy presented NewsWatch from its inception in 2004 to 2012. The programme, now titled as Newswatch,[6] was launched as a response to the Hutton Inquiry, as part of an initiative to make BBC News more accountable.[4] His other television work has included presenting Channel 4's award winning series Hard News, which covered the press, and Sky News' Media Monthly.[1]

In addition, Snoddy is the author of a biography of the media tycoon Michael Green: The Good, the Bad and the Unacceptable: The Hard News about the British Press, about ethics in the newspaper industry,[1][7] and other books.[8]

Whilst Media Editor at The Times in 2000, Snoddy was awarded the honour of the Ordinary Officer of the Civil Division of the said Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE); for his services to journalism.[2]


  • 1993: The Good, the Bad and the Unacceptable: the hard news about the British press, Faber & Faber, ISBN 978-0571161539[8]
  • 1996: Greenfinger: the rise of Michael Green and Carlton Communications, Faber & Faber, ISBN 978-0571173747[8]
  • 2001: It Could Be You: the untold story of the National Lottery, Faber & Faber, ISBN 978-0571200870[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "NewsWatch | Profiles | Raymond Snoddy". news.BBC.co.uk. BBC News / BBC Online. 1 October 2004. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 55710. p. 16. 31 December 1999. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Jason Deans, ed. (10 August 2004). "Snoddy lined up for News 24 feedback show". The Guardian. www.TheGuardian.com / Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Matt Holder, ed. (4 November 2004). "Welcome to NewsWatch". news.BBC.co.uk. BBC News / BBC Online. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "What the Papers Say (TV Series 1956– )". www.IMDb.com. IMDb / Amazon.com. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "BBC News Channel - Newswatch". www.BBC.co.uk. BBC News. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  7. ^ Raymond Snoddy (1992). The Good, the Bad and the Unacceptable: The Hard News about the British Press. Faber & Faber. ISBN 9780571161539. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  8. ^ a b c d "inauthor:"Raymond Snoddy" - Google UK book search". www.Google.co.uk. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
Media offices
Preceded by
new position
sole presenter of BBC News 24 NewsWatch
2004 - 2012
Succeeded by
Samira Ahmed