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List of all BBC World Service presenters
BBC World Service presenters are known to be the best all over the world when it comes to radio broadcasting. They provide top-notch journalism through their diverse morning to late-night programmes. Apart from their shows, they contribute to different online news sensitisation and awareness platforms for the good of the listeners.
BBC World Service presenters bring us world-class programs and content to inform, educate, and entertain millions of people around the world. What’s more, BBC news readers lead in providing impartial news, analysis, and reports in English and other 26 languages. Below is the exclusive list of all BBC World Service presenters worth knowing.
Who are the current BBC News presenters?
Below is a compilation of your favourite journalist airing on the BBC World Service radio station.
1. Bola Mosuro
For the last 15 years, Mosuro has been one of the dominant BBC female news presenters . She is among the BBC Breakfast presenters airing African news, sports, features, and music every weekday.
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2. Julian Marshall
Julian is an award-winning British journalist who joined the Service in 1977. He spent some period reporting from across Africa for the service. Since 1991, Julian has been among the BBC newsreaders of the service’s flagship news strand named “Newshour.” He is the recipient of two “Sony Gold” awards for the “Best reaction to a news event.”
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3. Dan Damon
Dan joined in 1974 and became a technical operator for the radio’s news production. In 2003, Dan became the main presenter of “World Update” BBC News at 10 on the BBC Service. The program airs on weekdays at 1000hrs, where Dan presents the program on location across the world.
4. Claudia Hammond
Claudia is an award-winning broadcaster , author, and psychology lecturer. Currently, Hammond is the host of the weekly global health show called “Health Check.”
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5. George Arney
Arney is one of the hosts of “ The World Today ” and “Outlook” on BBC Radio. Also, he worked as a correspondent in Sri Lanka from 1994 to 1996.
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6. Ros Atkins
Atkins is among the station’s world news reporters and also the host of “Outside Source.” He was a lead presenter for the coverage of the death of Nelson Mandela that won a “Radio Academy Gold Award.”
7. Paul Bakibinga
Paul is an Ugandan-born who joined the BBC announcers list in 1997 representing Africa. His voice is known to audiences for the African flagship program “Focus on Africa.” Also, Paul was the face of the station’s radio road-show that toured Southern Uganda in 2005.
8. Owen Bennett-Jones
Owen has more than 30 years working at the BBC. He has hosted several numbers of international current affairs programs. Owen works mainly on the radio but also has television experience.
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9. Claire Bolderson
Claire is one of the most experienced news anchors . She has been a presenter of the “Newshour” for more than 25 years. Besides, she is also a BBC political correspondent covering US politics and social trends.
10. Audrey Brown
Audrey is a South African journalist , cultural commentator, and curator. She has a Masters in Journalism from the University of Wales and a Bachelors' degree in Journalism and African History and Politics. Audrey is the presenter of the BBC morning program “Network Africa.”
10. Mark Coles
Mark is an award-winning presenter and reporter with over 25 years of experience. Currently, he presents programs for the World Service daily arts and entertainment program called “The Strand.” She is also the anchor of the world music program called “World of Music.”
11. Lesley Curwen
Lesley is another award-winning economics and business reporter . She has more than 20 years of radio and TV experience in current affairs, documentaries, and investigations. Lesley is the host of the “Business Daily” program on the BBC.
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12. Peter Day
Peter was born in 1947 in Norfolk and enrolled at Lincoln School and the University of Oxford. Later, in 1974, he joined BBC Radio News, and since 2000, he is the presenter of World Service “Global Business.”
13. Stephen Evans
Stephen is a presenter of “Business Daily” on the BBC World Service. He has reported on business trends across the world, including the West Africa run-up to the soccer World Cup. He also covered the trial of Arthur Andersen in Houston.
14. Harriett Sarah Gilbert
According to Wikipedia, Sarah was born on 25 August 1948. She is an English writer, broadcaster, and academic. She is a presenter on World Service, particularly on trends dealing with arts and book line up.
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15. Alan Johnston
Johnston is a British journalist working for the World Service station. He is among the politics presenters and also a correspondent in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Italy, and Gaza Strip. Alan was kidnapped in The Gaza Strip in 2007 by the militant group, but released after four months unconditionally. He is the host of the line up “From Our Correspondent.”
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16. Kirsty Lang
Kirsty was born in 1962, and she is an experienced British journalist and broadcaster. She is the host of the programme “Front Row”. Lang has a particular interest in foreign affairs and arts.
17. Max Pearson
Max was born in 1959. He is known to be one of the best presenters of “The World Today” and “Newshour.” Since the 1980s, he worked among the front-line news presenters with the BBC World Service.
18. Ritula Shah
Ritula was appointed as the lead presenter of “The World Tonight,” a position she holds until today. Shah is well oriented in global news agendas and British politics, which makes her the perfect candidate for her lead role.
19. Fergus Nicoll
Fergus is an author and a qualified journalist. Currently, he works at the BBC presenting Business Matters. He joined the Service in 1988 after working as a teacher in the northern part of Sudan, East Africa.
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20. Matthew Bannister
Bannister is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster. He is the presenter of the daily magazine programme on World Service' outlook.' He won a silver sony Radio award following his outlook service presentation of the Black in the USA.
21. Lyse Doucet
Lyse is an award-winning Canadian journalist. Whereby she is the BBC chief International correspondent as well as senior presenter. She has worked on the field for more than 30 years on the human cost of Syria and Gaza conflicts.
22. Russell Fuller
Since August 2013 Fuller is the BBC's tennis correspondent, regularly contributing to the year's main events, and leading the radio team at Wimbledon. Also, he presented a range of sports programmes and news on Radio 5, BBC World Service, BBC World TV, and contributing online.
23. Bridget Kendall
She is an award-winning BBC journalist and a master of Peterhouse, in New York City and Washington, DC. Kendall is a politics presenter covering about how politics and technology are changing the world of Journalism.
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BBC World Service presenters are known to be the best all over the world. They are a hardworking crew with so much experience in their careers. Get up-close and personal by listening to their entertaining shows today.
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List of current BBC newsreaders and reporters
From wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
This is a list of newsreaders and reporters currently employed by BBC Television and BBC Radio .
BBC News employs many presenters and correspondents who appear across television, radio and contribute to BBC Online . BBC News provides television journalism to BBC One bulletins and the rolling news channels BBC News (International) and the BBC News Channel in the United Kingdom . In addition, BBC News runs rolling news network BBC Radio 5 Live and the international BBC World Service . They also contribute to strands across BBC Radio 4 and bulletins on all radio networks.
The BBC has over 200 correspondents based both in the United Kingdom and abroad. BBC appointments can be short- or long-term; for example, reporter Peter Bowes revealed on BBC News (broadcast live on 8 September 2020) that Los Angeles has been his home for 25 years.
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Tom Allen: ‘At an early corporate gig, they opened the buffet in the middle of my set – everybody left’
The comedian on a grim festive job playing Bing Crosby, an air-kiss from Joanna Lumley, and his love of bread and wine
B orn in London, Tom Allen, 40, left school at 18 and pursued a career in comedy. In 2005, he won the So You Think You’re Funny standup competition and the BBC New Comedy award. In 2020, he published a bestselling memoir, No Shame , followed by Too Much in 2022. On television he presents The Apprentice: You’re Fired and co-hosts Cooking with the Stars. Since 2018, he has been a presenter on Channel 4’s The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice. His show Completely is on tour nationwide until June 2024. He lives in London.
When were you happiest? On holiday in Spain with my family about 20 years ago. Sad, but true.
What is your greatest fear? Isolation.
What is your earliest memory? Getting deliberately lost in the supermarket so I could hear my name being called out on a public address system.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Fearfulness.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Selfishness.
What was your most embarrassing moment? I did a corporate gig early in my career, and they opened the buffet in the middle of my set and everybody left.
Describe yourself in three words Uptight, smart and charming.
What do you most dislike about your appearance? My belly: I’ve eaten too much bread and drunk too much wine over the last few years, so none of my suits do up.
Who would play you in the film of your life? Patricia Routledge.
What did you want to be when you were growing up? An actor.
Would you choose fame or anonymity? Fame.
What was the last lie that you told? “Sorry, I’m late, the traffic was bad”, is the one I tell every day.
What do you owe your parents? A home for most of my adult life. I moved out two-and-a-half years ago when I bought my first home.
What or who is the greatest love of your life? Bread – hopefully my boyfriend doesn’t read that.
What does love feel like? Security.
What was the best kiss of your life? An air kiss from Joanna Lumley.
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What is the worst job you’ve done? I once had to sit on a sleigh and pretend to be Bing Crosby for a corporate party. I had to mime to White Christmas over and over again.
What has been your biggest disappointment? Not understanding myself until I was in my 30s.
When’s the last time you changed your mind about something significant? Recently about Just Stop Oil. I used to think they were going about things in the wrong way, but now I think they’re right.
How often do you have sex? Once every Whitsun.
What single thing would improve the quality of your life? A wig.
What keeps you awake at night? The fear of nightmares.
How would you like to be remembered? The greatest athlete we never knew we had.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you? Never save anything for best.
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Top Gear: Two decades of the show from Jeremy Clarkson to Freddie Flintoff
- Published 4 days ago
Motoring series Top Gear has always occupied a precarious position within the BBC.
For the last two decades, the show was one of the corporation's biggest earners, exported all around the world. But it also repeatedly caused controversy, and some of its presenters have been involved in serious crashes.
Balancing the commercial value of Top Gear with the controversies and dangers it brings with it was always delicate, and the show has now been paused after presenter Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff was badly injured last year.
The former cricketer had an accident during filming last December, which brought production on the series to a halt. He later reached a settlement with production company BBC Studios in a deal reportedly worth £9m, reflecting two years of lost earnings.
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Flintoff had hosted the show alongside Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris since 2019. After a period of significant turmoil for the programme involving a game of presenter musical chairs, the trio had steadied the Top Gear ship in recent years.
If you've been past the new BBC Studios office in Bristol recently, where the show's production team has been based since last year, you might have seen a large Top Gear logo displayed on the side of the building.
The prominence is a reflection of how much the show means to the corporation - a tentpole series which, along with the likes of Doctor Who and Strictly Come Dancing, is considered one of the core BBC brands.
Launched in 2002, Top Gear was a revival of the original series of the same name, which ran from 1977 until 2001 and was hosted by presenters including Angela Rippon, Tom Coyne and Noel Edmonds.
One of the show's other regular faces was a young Jeremy Clarkson, whose blunt reviews of cars proved popular with viewers until his departure from the series in 1999.
The BBC eventually cancelled the half-hour show two years later after falling ratings. Many of the production staff and presenters moved to the recently-launched Channel 5 to work on a new motoring show, Fifth Gear.
But producer Andy Wilman had another idea.
Together with Clarkson, he came up with the idea for a new format for Top Gear that would freshen up the series for the BBC.
Instead of the magazine treatment that had been in place since the 1970s, the pair proposed anchoring it from a studio. A live audience undeniably added energy and pace.
Celebrity guests were also incorporated into the format with a new segment - Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.
But the real magic came from the chemistry and japes of the trio at the heart of the programme - Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. (Jason Dawe featured in the first series but was replaced by May from the second.)
Clarkson was and still is a divisive figure - but he had a certain magic on screen that even his critics would struggle to deny. Hammond and May proved the perfect sidekicks to his gigantic personality.
Ratings for the relaunched Top Gear were a considerable improvement - and the trio would remain on the programme for well over a decade.
But health and safety was always a worry with a show that thrived on stunts and speed, and Flintoff's accident in 2022 was not the first time a presenter had been injured.
Hammond was involved in a serious crash while filming in 2007. He had been driving a jet-powered dragster at nearly 320mph while attempting to break the land speed record near York.
He survived, but earlier this year said he worried that his worsening memory loss was linked to the crash.
Clarkson, Hammond and May also became embroiled in a string of controversies - which are so high in number they would warrant a separate article. Many related to complaints from some viewers that the hosts were sometimes insensitive towards other cultures.
The trio regularly travelled as part of the series, and often made jokes at the expense of the places they were filming, which played up to stereotypes. Some viewers said there were homophobic or racist undertones.
In 2014, their car was attacked in Argentina after some locals mistakenly thought the FKL in its number plate was a deliberate reference to the 1982 Falklands War.
Clarkson was given what he called his "final warning" the same year, after claims he used a racist word during filming.
At the time, he said the BBC had told him he would be sacked if he made "one more offensive remark, anywhere, at any time".
The following year, the presenter left the show and the BBC after punching a producer over a row about the availability of hot food during filming. He later apologised.
He, Hammond and May were immediately snapped up by Amazon and launched a new series, the Grand Tour, in 2016 - although Clarkson would have more success years later with another series for the streamer, which followed his attempts to run a farm in the Cotswolds.
A tumultuous time for Top Gear followed the trio's departure. Naturally, the BBC were keen to keep the show running. Beyond the series itself, the brand earned money from live shows, books, DVDs, a magazine and other merchandise. Previous estimates suggested the series brought in £50m to the BBC per year.
Chris Evans took over after Clarkson's departure, but his iteration of the show was poorly received. That era, too, had its own controversies - such as when his co-host, former Friends star Matt LeBlanc, and a racing driver performed "doughnuts" near the Cenotaph war memorial in London.
Despite being an experienced broadcaster and car enthusiast, Evans, for some reason, did not quite work with the show's format. He hosted one season before leaving. LeBlanc, however, stayed on.
The actor teamed up with car journalists Chris Harris and Rory Reid for a series that was better received. But he eventually left too, and the presenting line-up was revamped once more.
Two new faces were announced in late 2018 - with Take Me Out host Paddy McGuinness taking the reins alongside Flintoff, while Harris was retained as a third presenter.
There was palpable relief among producers and BBC bosses when the new hosts' first episode was broadcast the following year. The show was clearly in safe hands.
McGuinness was a consummate entertainment presenter - a familiar face to viewers who made the programme more accessible. Harris brought the car knowledge and helped the show maintain its core values.
Flintoff's role was the daredevil - the one most likely to be put forward for pranks or stunts. The opening episode of the 2020 series saw him bungee jump, while strapped into a car, off a dam, in one of the most ambitious episodes the show had ever seen.
The show continued throughout the Covid pandemic - with studio segments filmed outdoors to comply with social distancing rules, and trips filmed around the UK instead of overseas.
Normal service resumed after lockdowns lifted, and it was around this time that production of the show moved to Bristol.
But filming was suspended after Flintoff was injured. Details of his crash were not made public, but it was widely reported he'd sustained severe injuries to his face and jaw.
The Sun reported that the car had flipped over, but added that Flintoff had only been travelling at 22mph when he crashed.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) regulator looked into the matter but said it would not be investigating further after completing enquiries. It is understood the circumstances of the incident did not meet the threshold for further investigation.
Flintoff was only photographed for the first time since the accident in September, at a cricketing event, and still had visible facial injuries.
Their severity, even after nine months of recovery, was plain to see. Production on the series had not resumed in the meantime, and many assumed that it never would.
Resting the show gives the BBC time to regroup. It is not yet clear how long the hiatus might last, and still not impossible it could ultimately be cancelled.
Meanwhile, it's unlikely the BBC will try to fill the gap in the schedule with a different motoring series. TV formats based on cars are hardly the saviour of television - or far more of them would have been successful.
Top Gear achieved a certain alchemy thanks to the personalities who fronted it - and the fact it was broadcast by the BBC made their risqué approach more thrilling. Clarkson, Hammond and May lost some of their appeal when they moved to Amazon, where it didn't seem as much fun to be badly behaved.
There are plenty of viewers who will tell you Top Gear was never the same after Clarkson left. They may be right. No doubt repeats of that golden era will continue on the channel Dave for many years to come.
However, Top Gear has reached a fork in the road. With production on pause, the BBC will be poorer without it - quite literally, given how much money it brought in around the world.
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BBC says 'Top Gear' series will be 'rested' with no return in sight
It might never return after its host was badly injured last year.
For more than four decades — off and on — automotive enthusiasts around the world have relished following the adventures of the crew of Britain’s BBC series “Top Gear,” so this week’s announcement that the series is “resting for the foreseeable future” is surely a blow to millions of fans.
It is not, however, unexpected.
During filming an episode last December, host Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff, the former England cricket captain turned broadcaster, was badly injured following a bad crash at a track near London .
The show has been off the air since the accident. The recent BBC statement said that it has “decided to rest the UK show for the foreseeable future,” citing “exceptional circumstances … we know resting the show will be disappointing news for fans, but it is the right thing to do.”
The BBC apologized to the presenter after the 2022 accident, according to The Guardian, and reached a financial settlement with him of reportedly £9 million (more than $11 million). Flintoff has been seen in public with facial injuries, while his legal team said that he was still recovering from “life-altering injuries.”
Flintoff’s is the not first severe accident to have affected the health of a “ Top Gear ” cast member. Richard Hammond, who presented the series alongside Jeremy Clarkson and James May in the 2000s and early 2010s, was severely injured in 2006 when a dragster he was driving spun while traveling at 288 miles per hour. He spent weeks in a coma.
May, meanwhile, has criticized the “car show-erati” who have called for him and his fellow former co-presenters to be reinstated on the hit motoring show since Flintoff’s crash.
Speaking to the BBC after the announcement, May took a shot at “partisan fans,” the ‘“car show-erati” who suggested that he return to the show.
“I was just thinking, ‘The bloke has hurt himself very badly in a life-changing way, and you could perhaps not use it as an opportunity to be partisan,'” said May. “You could perhaps say, ‘Rotten bit of luck, get well soon.'”
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