Sue Lloyd-Roberts

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Sue Lloyd-Roberts
Born(1950-10-27)27 October 1950
Died13 October 2015(2015-10-13) (aged 64)
EducationCheltenham Ladies' College;[1] St. Hilda's College, University of Oxford[2]
OccupationForeign correspondent
Notable credit(s)
ITN, BBC News, Newsnight

Susan Ann "Sue" Lloyd-Roberts CBE (27 October 1950 – 13 October 2015) was a British television journalist who contributed reports to BBC programmes and, earlier in her career, worked for ITN.

Early life[edit]

Born in London in 1950,[3] she was the daughter of an orthopedic surgeon George Lloyd-Roberts and Catherine (née Ray).[4] She failed the 11 Plus.[1]


Lloyd-Roberts was educated at Francis Holland School, an independent school for girls in central London, followed by Cheltenham Ladies College, a boarding independent school in the spa town of Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, followed by St Hilda's College at the University of Oxford (1970–73), where she read History and Modern Languages, graduating with a second-class BA Honours degree.[1][4][5]

While at university she worked on Isis, the student magazine.[4]


She joined Britain's ITN, the news provider for ITV, straight from university and then reported extensively for the channel's News at Ten.[5]

Lloyd-Roberts joined the BBC in 1992.[4] She worked as a special correspondent, travelling to, and reporting on, major news stories across the world, including important issues not covered widely elsewhere.[2] She presented many in-depth reports for the Newsnight programme and for Our World, the international current affairs series on BBC World News, its international satellite and cable news channel, as well as for the UK's domestic BBC News channel.

Lloyd-Roberts produced reports from states such as North Korea, Myanmar and Syria, where she focused on a range of important issues such as human rights violations, environmental degradation and political corruption.

Illness and death[edit]

She announced on the Victoria Derbyshire programme she had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukaemia and urgently needed a donor with matching tissue type so she could have a stem cell transplant. Lloyd-Roberts confirmed she would be keeping a video diary for the programme.[6] (In August 2015, Derbyshire was diagnosed with a different form of cancer, and also announced that she would keep a public vlog.[7]) Lloyd-Roberts died on 13 October 2015 at University College Hospital in London, aged 64.[8]

Personal life[edit]

She ran a hotel in Mallorca, Spain, with her husband Nick Guthrie, a BBC producer.[9]



  1. ^ a b c d Jonathan Sale (15 October 1998). "Passed/Failed: Sue Lloyd Roberts". London: The Independent. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Notable St Hilda's Alumnae". Archived from the original on 2 January 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  3. ^ "NPG x88426; Sue Lloyd Roberts - Portrait - National Portrait Gallery". Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d Douglas, Torin (14 October 2015). "Sue Lloyd-Roberts obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  5. ^ a b Who's Who On Television. Michael Joseph/ITV books. 1982. ISBN 0-900727-95-0.
  6. ^ "Journalist Sue Lloyd-Roberts: 'I'm counting on a donor". BBC. 22 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Victoria Derbyshire's breast cancer diary". BBC News. 12 October 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2016.)
  8. ^ "BBC journalist Sue Lloyd-Roberts dies after cancer fight - BBC News". 1 January 1970. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  9. ^ Mark Tran (5 July 2015). "Sue Lloyd-Roberts finds stem cell donor for leukaemia treatment | Society". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Wanted! Women Achievers For Career Enhancing European Award". PR Newswire. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  11. ^ "No. 56430". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2001. p. 21.
  12. ^ "BBC Newsnight & BBC World News America Emmy success with North Korean feature". BBC Media Centre. 27 September 2011.
  13. ^ "No. 60534". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 2013. p. 8.

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