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Newsround logo as of 2014
Created by Edward Barnes & John Craven
Presented by Leah Boleto (2009—)
Ricky Boleto (2008—)
Martin Dougan (2013—)
Hayley Hassall (2009—)
Jenny Lawrence (2013—)
Ayshah Tull (2013—)
(See full list)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Editor(s) Lewis James
Location(s) MediaCityUK (2011—)
BBC TV Centre (1972–2011)
Running time 5-15 minutes
Original channel BBC One (1972–2012)
CBBC Channel
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release 4 April 1972 (1972-04-04) – present
Preceded by BBC Television Children's Newsreel
Related shows Newsround Specials
External links

Newsround (originally called John Craven's Newsround, before his departure in 1989) is a BBC children's news programme, which has run continuously since 4 April 1972. It was one of the world's first television news magazines aimed specifically at children. Initially commissioned as a short series by BBC Children's Department, who held editorial control, its facilities were provided by BBC News. The programme is aimed at 6 to 12-year-olds.


  • History 1
  • Broadcasts 2
  • Former presenters 3
  • Editors 4
  • Current Presenters 5
  • Former Presenters 6
  • Spin-offs 7
    • Newsround Specials 7.1
    • Newsround Showbiz 7.2
    • Sportsround 7.3
    • Newsround Review of the Year 7.4
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


Originally known as John Craven's Newsround,[1] it was mostly presented by John Craven between 4 April 1972 and 22 June 1989. Originally, stand-in presenters, such as Richard Whitmore, came from the main BBC News bulletins and Huw Edwards presented in 2005.

The programme gradually developed its own presentation team, including Roger Finn and Helen Rollason, with Craven in the dual role of chief presenter and programme editor. For most of its first two decades, Newsround drew upon the BBC's network of national and international correspondents such as John Humphrys, Michael Buerk and Martin Bell. The programme gradually developed its own small reporting team, including Lucy Mathen, Paul McDowell and long-serving space editor Reg Turnill.

Shortly before Craven's departure, the show was renamed Newsround, and was then presented by a rotating team including Juliet Morris, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Julie Etchingham, Chris Rogers, Kate Sanderson, Matthew Price and Becky Jago. Regular reporters on the programme, who have also presented it, included Paul Welsh, Lizo Mzimba and Terry Baddoo.

The distinctive opening theme used for the first fifteen years of the programme was not composed especially for it, but is instead the opening eight bars of a 1968 cover of Johnny One Note by Ted Heath and his Music. The closing sting used the last couple of bars of New Worlds by John Baker, recorded by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

Newsround's updated In May 1987, with computer graphics, although this look was originally planned for January 1987. In September 1990 a space look was introduced. The muit-coloured look appeared in January 1994. further updates took place on 1 September 1997, 11 February 2002, 30th May 2006, and 13th October

Newsround was the first British television programme to break the news of the loss of the Space Shuttle Challenger on 28 January 1986. This edition was presented by Roger Finn, who had only recently joined the programme. The programme was also first in Britain to report an assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II in Vatican City in 1981 and provided the first reports from the Windsor Castle fire of November 1992.

In February 2002, Newsround expanded from a sole ten-minute programme on weeknights to through-the-day bulletins seven days a week to tie-in with the launch of the CBBC Channel. With this included a new theme, titles and presenting team. In 2009, a small bureau for the programme was opened at the BBC's former Manchester studios. As part of the relocation of the BBC Children's Department, Newsround began broadcasting from new studios at MediaCityUK in Salford Quays on Monday 21 November 2011.


On weekdays, five minute bulletins are broadcast on the CBBC Channel at 7.40, 8.15am and 4.20pm. At weekends, bulletins are broadcast on the CBBC Channel at 8.55, 11.55am and 12.55pm.

The programme was traditionally broadcast as a fifteen-minute programme on BBC One at 5:00pm. The final BBC One edition was broadcast on 20 December 2012.

Former presenters

Years Presenter
1972–1989 John Craven (and Editor)
1976–1980 Lucy Mathen (and Reporter)
1979-1985 Paul McDowell
1984 Howard Stableford
1985–1991 Roger Finn
1987–1990 Helen Rollason
1988 Terry Baddoo (and Reporter)
1990–1994 Juliet Morris
1991–1994 Krishnan Guru-Murthy
1991-1992 Paul Welsh (and Reporter)
1994–1998 Julie Etchingham
1994–1999 Chris Rogers
1997–2001 Kate Sanderson
1998–2008 Lizo Mzimba
1999–2002 Matthew Price (and Reporter)
2001–2003 Becky Jago
2001–2008 Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes
2002–2006 Rachel Horne
2002–2008 Laura Jones
2002–2009 Adam Fleming
2003–2007 Thalia Pellegrini
2003–2008 Ellie Crisell
2005–2008 Jake Humphrey
2006–2011 Sonali Shah
2007–2008 Helen Skelton
2007–2009 Gavin Ramjaun
2009 Barney Harwood (Newsround Specials only)
2008–2013 Ore Oduba
2010–2014 Nel Hedayat


  • Edward Barnes (1972)
  • Jill Roach (1976)
  • Eric Rowan
  • John Craven (1986-1989)
  • Nick Heathcote (1990-1996)
  • Susie Staples (1996-1998)
  • Roy Milani
  • Owenna Griffiths
  • Lewis James (2013-)

Current Presenters

Former Presenters


Newsround Specials

A variation on the regular format of Newsround is a series of short (typically 15-minute) documentary films, previously broadcast under the title Newsround Extra but now called "specials",[2] which have been a regular feature since the late 1970s. Two or three series of these documentaries air during the year, which replace the regular bulletins on one day of the week (for Extras it was usually Monday, although sometimes on Fridays, particularly during the 1980s).

Newsround Specials in recent years have included:

  • The Wrong Trainers: a series of six animated films dealing with child poverty. The programme won the 2006 Royal Television Society award for best children's programme and the 2007 BAFTA children's award for best factual programme.
  • The Worst Thing Ever: a dramatised documentary revolving around a child's experience of their parents' divorce.
  • Newsround on Knives: an animated look at knife crime from a child's point of view.
  • Gone: interviews with four bereaved children.
  • Whose Side Are You On?: a drama on the role of bystanders in tackling, bullying featuring Gemma Hunt (first shown 16 November 2009)
  • Caught in the Web: a dramatised documentary on Internet safety featuring case studies from real children, narrated by David Tennant and nominated for a BAFTA in October 2010. (first shown 11 February 2010)
  • Living with Alcohol: a special about children's experiences with alcohol, presented by Barney Harwood.
  • "Ricky Investigates": a six-part investigative series which began on 28 September 2010
  • A one-off Newsround Investigates documentary on arson in schools was broadcast in May 2006.
  • Football and Race: a special about if racism still exists in football, presented by Ore Oduba (first shown 17 August 2012)
  • Behind Closed Doors: a special about children's experience with domestic violence, presented by Barney Harwood featuring Alesha Dixon (first shown 19 March 2012)
  • My Autism and Me: a special about what it is like to have autism with 13-year-old Rosie King (first shown 11 November 2011)
  • The Real Tracy Beaker: a documentary on growing up in care, presented by Dani Harmer
  • Welcome to My World: children from different cultures spend a week in each other's lives, narrated by Leah Boleto (first shown 6 December 2011)
  • Behind the Riots: a special about the riots, what's been going on and why, presented by Sonali Shah (first shown 12 August 2011)
  • Children of the Drought: a special about the impact of the drought to Kenyan children, presented by Ricky Boleto (first shown 28 July 2011)
  • Living with Cancer: a special about how cancer affects the lives of children, presented by Dominique Moore (first shown 29 )
  • Life on the Front Line: a special about why British troops are in Afghanistan and what we are doing, presented by Ore Oduba (first shown 28 February 2011)
  • Growing Up In A War Zone: a special about how the lives of children in Afghanistan are affected by the war, presented by Sonali Shah (first shown 22 November 2010)
  • Up And Away: a special about primary school children moving up to secondary school, what it's like and how to deal with it, presented by 14-year-old Rosie King. It was part of CBBC's Moving Up series of programmes.
  • My Dyslexic Mind: a special about dyslexia, explaining it and what it's like to be a child with it, presented by 12-year-old Ben.
  • Decision Time USA: a special explaining to kids about the 2012 US election between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
  • Hard Times: a special about children who are finding it tough in the current economic crisis, presented by Ricky Boleto.
  • Frontline Families: a special about children who are part of a military family, Presented by Martin Dougan.
  • Children of Kabul - An Uncertain Future": a special explaining how life has changed since troops from the UK and America invaded Afghanistan in 2001, presented by Nel Hedayat.
  • Surviving the typhoon: a special about how children coped after one of the most powerful storms ever hit the Philippines, Typhoon Haiyan, presented by Leah Boleto.
  • "America vs Food":a documentary on the issue of obesity and overeating in America, presented by Ricky Boleto (first shown 25 March 2015)

Newsround Showbiz

A light-hearted entertainment news round-up, originally known as Newsround Lite and introduced as part of the CBBC Channel's launch in February 2002. The latter version of the show was hosted by regular Newsround presenters/reporters Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes, Adam Fleming, Rachel Horne and Thalia Pellegrini, and produced by Sinéad Rocks. The programme was axed in 2005.


A Saturday morning sports magazine show introduced in September 2005, it was cancelled in December 2010 and replaced by Match of the Day Kickabout. In 2010 it was presented by Ore Oduba with reporters Des Clarke and Jon Franks.

Newsround Review of the Year

Until 2006, a half-hour review of the year special was produced for broadcast during the Christmas/New Year period. The last review aired in 2009, and since then the final bulletin of the year is hosted by all presenters who discuss their most memorable news stories.

See also


  1. ^ "BBC Two - The John Craven Years - John Craven". BBC. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Newsround Special Films". Retrieved 7 July 2015. 

External links

  • Newsround at BBC Online
  • Newsround Message Boards at BBC Online
  • BBC Editors' blog - Simon Goretzki
  • BBC Editors' blog - former editor Sinéad Rocks
  • BBC Editors' blog - former editor Tim Levell
  • Newsround blog
  • HistoryNewsround
  • British Film Institute Screen Online
  • Newsround at the Internet Movie Database
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