BBC News at Ten
BBC News at Ten — known as the BBC Ten O'Clock News or the Ten O'Clock News — is the flagship evening news programme for British television channel BBC One and the BBC News channel. It is presented by Huw Edwards, deputised by Fiona Bruce, it is Monday to Sunday at 10:00pm on BBC One. The programme was controversially moved from 9:00pm on 16 October 2000; the main presenter holds the lead presenter role for major events, election night and breaking news for BBC News. The programme features thirty minutes of British national and international news, with an emphasis on the latter, it incorporates around twelve minutes of news from the BBC regions around the country, at 10:30pm to 10:45pm Monday to Thursday, 10:25pm to 10:35pm every Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, it runs from 10:00pm to 10:20pm from 10:20pm to 10:30pm, the news from the BBC regions around the country. During the first three months of its revival, ITV News at Ten averaged 2.2 million viewers compared with an average of 4.8 million viewers watching the BBC bulletin over the same period.
The programme was launched on 16 October 2000, replacing the former BBC Nine O'Clock News, on the air since 14 September 1970. Its launch presenters were Peter Sissons; the move to 10 o'clock was a response to the controversial axing of rival broadcaster ITV's News at Ten. ITV reinstated a 20-minute news bulletin at 10:00pm in 22 January 2001, instigating a head-to-head clash with the BBC; the BBC's Ten O'Clock News became the more popular programme, establishing itself on the BBC One schedule for at least six days a week. ITV's bulletin suffered as a result of poor scheduling, on 2 February 2004 the bulletin moved to 10:30pm. In 2008, ITV reinstated News at Ten. Buerk and Sissons left the BBC Ten O'Clock News on 19 January 2003 to make way for presenters Huw Edwards and Fiona Bruce. To mark this presenter reshuffle, on Monday 20 January 2003 as Edwards and Bruce took over, the bulletin and the rest of BBC One news bulletins were relaunched with a new studio. Since 5 February 2006, the bulletin has been simulcast on the BBC News channel.
Following the BBC One bulletin, the remaining portion of the BBC Ten O'Clock News Hour is presented by Clive Myrie or Martine Croxall and features a review of the following morning's newspaper front pages. On 21 April 2008 the programme, along with the rest of BBC News, underwent a graphical refresh and moved into a refurbished studio, it changed its name to BBC News at Ten. After the regional news, there is a weather forecast from the BBC Weather Centre: presenters include Rob McElwee, Peter Gibbs, John Hammond and Philip Avery. BBC News at Ten was named News Programme of the Year at the RTS Television Journalism Awards in 2005, 2009 and 2010; the programme, along with the BBC News channel and the other BBC One bulletins, moved to Broadcasting House and began broadcasting in high-definition on 18 March 2013. Following a five-month trial during the run-up to the 2015 general election, it was announced that BBC News at Ten will be permanently extended by ten minutes between Monday and Thursday from January 2016.
From January 2019, Bruce will no longer present Friday editions of the programme due to her now presenting Question Time. Fridays are now presented by Sophie Raworth, Reeta Chakrabarti & Clive Myrie on alteration As well as presenting from the main studio, the main presenters are called upon to present on location when major stories break. For example, Huw Edwards reported live from Washington for the 2008, 2012 and 2016 US Presidential Elections and has presented live from Basra at the withdrawal ceremony, he regularly presented from Westminster, as well as from Edinburgh. During the 2012 Summer Olympics, presenters made use of BBC's makeshift studios overlooking the Olympic Park at Stratford. George Alagiah presented from L'Aquila in April 2009, Haiti in 2010, Egypt in 2011, Tacloban in 2013. Paul Royall has been the editor of BBC News at Ten and BBC News at Six since July 2013. Royall joined the BBC from ITV Meridian in 1997, working on News 24, he became Deputy Editor of BBC Breakfast in January 2004, to the Editor Mark Grannell.
In May 2009 he became the Deputy Editor of the News at News at Six. He became Editor on 22 July 2013. If there is no position before the years of being a presenter this newsreader was either a relief presenter or occasional guest presenter. Michael Buerk Peter Sissons George Alagiah Darren Jordon Dermot Murnaghan Sian Williams Natasha Kaplinsky Jon Sopel Chris Lowe Ben Brown Emily Maitlis Kate Silverton Mishal Husain BBC News BBC Weekend News ITV News at Ten BBC News at BBC Online BBC News at Ten at BBC Programmes
National Union of Journalists
The National Union of Journalists is a trade union for journalists in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. It has 38,000 members, it is a member of the International Federation of Journalists. There is a range of national councils below the NEC, covering different sections and areas of activity. There is an industrial council for each of the NUJ's "industrial" sectors – Newspapers and Agencies, Freelance and Book, New Media and Press and PR. There are national Executive Councils, covering all sectors, for Ireland and Scotland; the Irish Executive Council, which has a higher degree of autonomy, covers Northern Ireland as well as the Republic. The union's structure is democratic and its supreme decision-making body is its Delegate Meeting, a gathering of elected delegates from all branches across the UK, Ireland and Europe. Between meetings, decisions lie with the NUJ's National Executive Council, a committee of 27 people, elected annually by members; the NEC is chaired by a President, along with a Vice-President and Treasurer, at the Annual Delegate Meeting.
The General Secretary is elected every five years by a national ballot of all members. The current GS is Michelle Stanistreet; the General Secretary is responsible for the day-to-day running of the union and directing its staff. However, important decisions such as authorising industrial action must be taken by the NEC. 1907: William Watts 1918: Harry Richardson 1936: Clement Bundock 1952: Jim Bradley 1969: Ken Morgan 1977: Ken Ashton 1985: Harry Conroy 1990: Steve Turner 1992: John Foster 2001: Jeremy Dear 2011: Michelle Stanistreet Presidents of the NUJ from 1939 onwards: 1939: J. W. T. Ley 1940: Ernest E. Hunter 1941: T. Foster 1942: D. M. Elliot 1943: A. Kenyon 1944: R. J. Finnemore 1945: A. J. Gibson 1946: F. Treavett 1947: J. E. Jay 1948: L. R. Aldous 1949: H. D. Moxley 1950: Jim Bradley 1951: J. Taylor 1952: H. Bate 1953: P. W. Jarrett 1954: E. A. Lofts 1955: A. D. Ramsay 1956: G. Reid 1957: T. Bartholomew 1958: G. R. Mead 1959: R. G. Venmore-Rowland 1960: M. J. Williamson 1961: P. G. Reid 1962: K. L. Ley 1963: W. Heald 1964: G. Byrne 1965: L. H. Kirwan 1966: D. C.
Tuckett 1967: G. A. Hutt 1968: Kenneth Holmes 1969: C. Kilmer 1970: C. Bland 1971: Douglas Rees 1972: Harold Pearson 1973: W. J. Bailey 1974: Ivan Peebles 1975: Ken Ashton 1975: Rosaline Kelly 1977: John Devine 1978: Denis Macshane 1979: Jacob Ecclestone 1980: Francis Beckett 1981: Harry Conroy 1982: Jonathan Hammond 1983: Eddie Barrett 1984: George Findlay 1985: Ray McGuigan 1986: Bob Keogh 1987: Lionel Morrison 1988: Barbara Gunnell and S. McGuire 1989: Paul McGill 1990: David Sinclair 1991: Chris Frost 1992: Jim Boumelha and R. Trevor 1993: John Toner 1994: Anita Halpin 1995: Kyran Connolly 1996: Jeremy Dear 1998: Mark Turnbull 1999: Christy Loftus 2000: Dave Toomer 2001: Rory MacLeod 2002: John Barsby 2003: George Macintyre 2004: Jim Corrigal 2005: Tim Lezard 2006: Chris Morley 2007: Michelle Stanistreet 2008: James Doherty 2009: Peter Murray 2011: Donnacha DeLong 2012: Barry McCall 2014: Andy Smith and Adam Christie 2016: Tim Dawson 2016: Sian Jones The NUJ publishes a magazine called The Journalist.
Journalism Trade union National Union of Journalists website Catalogue of the NUJ archives, held at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick
Michael Duncan Buerk is an English journalist and newsreader. He presented BBC News from 1973 to 2002 and has been the host of BBC Radio 4's The Moral Maze since 1990. Buerk was born in Solihull and was educated at Solihull School, an Independent school in the West Midlands where he was a member of the Combined Cadet Force and represented the school on the sports field. Buerk's hopes of a career in the Royal Air Force were dashed when he failed an eyesight test at the selection centre, he worked as a hod carrier. Buerk began his career in journalism with the Bromsgrove Messenger, South Wales Echo, the Daily Mail, he joined Radio Bristol in 1970 before becoming a reporter for BBC News in 1973. From 1983 to 1987, Buerk was the BBC's South Africa correspondent during the dying years of apartheid in South Africa. Buerk's uncompromising reports on the brutalities of the regime resulted in the South African government expelling him from the country after four years in the post. Buerk's reporting of the Ethiopian famine in October 1984 inspired the Band Aid charity record and, the Live Aid concert.
He anchored the BBC Nine O'Clock News and BBC News at Ten. One of Buerk's more notable broadcasts during this time was the bulletin he read at 0100 GMT on 1 January 2000, the first BBC News bulletin of the 2000s. Buerk announced his retirement from BBC News in 2002, though he said he would continue to host other programmes. In 2010, Buerk narrated. Buerk has made five guest appearances on the BBC's The One Show in April and September 2010, he has appeared as a fill-in presenter for Jason Manford on six occasions. Since July 2012, Buerk has co-presented ITV's Britain's Secret Treasures with Bettany Hughes, looking at fifty of the most remarkable archaeological finds made by the British public. On 6 October 2013, he began hosting Inside a new documentary series. Buerk has hosted BBC Radio 4's The Moral Maze since 1990 and The Choice since 1998. On 22 October 2014, the BBC apologised for the language used in Buerk's early morning trail for that evening's Moral Maze in which he began: "Nobody comes out of the Ched Evans rape case with any credit – not the victim who'd drunk so much she could stand, nor the two footballers who had sex with her in the most sordid of circumstances."
Katie Russell, from Rape Crisis England and Wales, accused him of practising "victim-blaming." She commented: "To infer that being drunk is in any way'morally' comparable to committing the serious and violent crime of rape is offensive."In 2013, Buerk voiced a Marmite advert in which spoof rescue teams rescue lost forgotten jars at the back of cupboards and fridges and despite receiving a number of complaints the advert still continues. Beginning on 16 November 2014, Buerk took part in the fourteenth series of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! On 3 December 2014, he was the third celebrity to be eliminated in the public vote. On 28 July 2007, Buerk appeared on a celebrity version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? with Jennie Bond to raise money for NCH, the children's charity. He is a supporter of the British Red Cross and in October 2008 came out in support of an Alternate Reality Game, Traces of Hope, which the charity developed. On the BBC's Children in Need, Buerk has performed several times along with an ensemble of BBC News presenters.
In 2004, he dressed in leather to perform Duran Duran classics and in 2005, he sang Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody". In August 2005, Buerk asserted in a Radio Times interview that the "shift in the balance of power between the sexes" has gone too far, we need to "admit the problem", that men are now little more than "sperm donors". In particular, Buerk objected to the many women now in senior positions within the BBC. Former newsreader Anna Ford commented: "He's a dear old-fashioned chauvinist of the first order."An article was published in anticipation of Buerk's 45-minute TV-essay, "Michael Buerk on What Are Men For?", part of a series on Channel Five, Don't Get Me Started! Broadcast on Tuesday 23 August 2005. Guardian television reviewer Sam Wollaston thought Buerk had "been and quite rightly, crucified" in the pre-publicity. At the Hay-on-Wye literary festival earlier in the year, Buerk criticised contemporary newsreaders for being overpaid autocue-reading "lame brains."At the end of 2012, Buerk despaired of the state of Britain and of the BBC.
Of the Corporation's coverage of the Thames River Pageant celebrating Britain and the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throne, he wrote: "The Dunkirk Little Ships, the most evocative reminders of this country’s bravest hour, were ignored so that a pneumatic bird-brain from Strictly Come Dancing could talk to transvestites in Battersea Park."In an article for Radio Times in April 2014 about'grey power' in television, Buerk referred to presenters who had gone to employment tribunals over claims of age discrimination. Several older female presenters have won cases over wrongful dismissal. Buerk wrote: "If you got the job in the first place because you look nice, I can't see why you should keep it when you don't." Quoting a comment by Anne Robinson he speculated: "She seemed to say it through gritted teeth, or at least a flawless but strangely taut face – a sign that she had taken her own advice to stop complaining and work on staying attractive." He did though quote Angela Rippon who spoke positively about older people being able to continue their careers in television.
Responding to Buerk in The Guardian, presenter Miriam O'Reilly, who won her case for unfair dismissal on age grounds in 2011, asserted: "The rules that a
Sky News is a British news organisation, which operates a TV network of the same name, a radio news service, distributes news through online channels. It is owned by a division of Comcast. John Ryley is the Head of Sky News, a role he has held since June 2006. Sky News is Royal Television Society News Channel of the Year, the eleventh time it has held the award. A sister channel, Sky News Arabia, is operated as a joint venture with the Abu Dhabi Media Investment Corporation. Another sister channel, Sky News Australia, was part owned by Sky News parent Sky plc until December 2016. A channel called Sky News International, simulcasting the UK channel directly but without British adverts, is available in Europe, Middle East, South Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas. Narrated segments are played in lieu of adverts, there are international weather forecasts at the end of each half-hour newswheel. Sponsored adverts are still broadcast before and/or after weather segments. Sky News Radio provides national and international news to commercial radio and community radio stations in the UK and to other English-language stations around the world.
Sky News provides content to Yahoo! News; the channel is available on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, YouTube, Pluto TV. On 8 June 1988, Rupert Murdoch announced plans to start a new television news service in a speech to the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Sky News started broadcasting at 6 pm on 5 February 1989. Visually Sky News looked neat, with slick and classy presentation and John O'Loan's original vocation as an architect showing in the studio set. Sky had gone for the same format as the Nine O'Clock News on the BBC, redesigned to give the impression of activity and immediacy by placing the newsreader against a backdrop of the working newsroom. Sky News, it was universally agreed as staff nodded in vigorous approval, had succeeded rather better at the same thing; the critics were mildly taken aback. Contrary to some of the horror scenarios bandied about by the chattering classes there seemed to be little to grumble about, and as its slogan of'We're there when you need us,' emphasised, it was always on.
In the early days, the channel operated on a £40 million budget, which led Sam Chisholm, chief executive of the newly merged BSkyB to suggest to Murdoch that the station to be closed, but Rupert was "pleased with its achievements... There were overriding reasons of prestige and politics for keeping it... the final hurdle of the Broadcasting Bill had still to be overcome and the case for the acceptability of Sky would collapse if there was no news channel." – former deputy Prime Minister William Whitelaw said in the House of Lords in 1990 that Sky News had "a high reputation... I admire it, as do many other people, it will waken up both the BBC and ITN and ensure that they compete with what is a important news service"; the channel has never been run for a profit, has considered using ITN to supplement the service. By March 1992, Sky News' parent company turned from loss to profit. On the channel's growth, Murdoch said at that time: "Sky News, has if expensively, become the first building block of what we envision will become the premier worldwide electronic news-gathering network anywhere.
Ask anyone in Europe, the BBC and you will be told that Sky News has added a new and better dimension to television journalism." Sky News was the UK's first 24-hour news channel, broadcast on Astra 1A. It had no local competition until November 1997 when BBC News launched a new 24-hour channel, BBC News 24, now known as BBC News. In September 1999 the European Commission ruled against a Sky News complaint which argued that the publicly funded BBC News 24 was unfair and illegal under EU law; the EC ruled that the television licence fee should be considered state aid but that the BBC's public service remit justified the channel. In March 2000 Sky News Active was launched, a 24-hour interactive service providing headlines on demand. In March 2004 it was announced that Sky News had won a five-year contract to supply news bulletins to Channel 5, taking over from ITN in January 2005. On 24 October 2005, Sky News moved to new studios in Isleworth and underwent a major on-screen revamp; the new studio boasted the biggest video wall in Britain.
New music was scored by Adelphoi Music and recorded with a full orchestra at Air Studios and mastered at Metropolis Studios. New on-screen graphics were launched and the channel began broadcasting in widescreen format; the 2005 relaunch saw the introduction of a new schedule designed around "appointment to view" programmes rather than continuous rolling news. James Rubin joined to present a new evening programme called World News Tonight, Julie Etchingham presented another new "hard-hitting" evening show called The Sky Report, Eamonn Holmes joined to present Sunrise, Kay Burley presented a new programme called Lunchtime Live from 12 to 2 pm, the daytime show Sky News Today saw the introduction of a three-presenter format. However, the relaunched schedule was unsuccessful, from October 2005 the BBC News channel overtook Sky News in the ratings. In response to the schedule's unpopularity with viewers, changes took place in July 2006, involving the removal of the evening programmes replaced by rolling news and an interactive programme, Sky News with Martin Stanford, the return to a
Television Centre, London
Television Centre is a building complex in White City, West London, the headquarters of BBC Television between 1960 and 2013. The first BBC staff moved into the Scenery Block in 1953, the centre was opened on 29 June 1960, it is one of the most recognisable facilities of its type, having appeared as the backdrop for many BBC programmes. Parts of the building are Grade II listed, including the central ring and Studio 1. Most of the BBC's national television and radio news output came from Television Centre, in years most recorded television was output from the nearby Broadcast Centre at 201 Wood Lane, care of Red Bee Media. Live television events from studios and routing of national and international sporting events took place within Television Centre before being passed to the Broadcast Centre for transmission, it was announced on 21 September 2010 that the BBC would cease broadcasting from Television Centre in 2013. On 13 June 2011 the BBC announced that Television Centre was on the market, that it was "inviting bid proposals from people looking for a conventional, freehold property or those interested in a joint venture", suggesting that it may yet remain connected to the BBC.
In July 2012 it was announced that the complex had been sold to property developers Stanhope plc for around £200 million and that the BBC would retain a continued presence at Television Centre through its commercial subsidiaries BBC Studios and Post Production and BBC Worldwide. BBC Studios and Post Production was due to move back to Television Centre to operate Studio 1, 2 and 3 in 2015, but it was announced in July 2014 that it had agreed with the developers, Stanhope, to move back in 2017, at the same time as other key tenants, to enable the most efficient overall site construction programme to take place. BBC Worldwide moved into office space in the Stage 6 building following extensive refurbishment in 2015; the radio and television news departments moved to Broadcasting House in central London, the home of BBC Radio, as part of a reorganisation. BBC News moved to new facilities in Broadcasting House on 18 March 2013, but TVC remained in active use with many programmes being taped in the studios until it closed for redevelopment on 31 March 2013.
BBC TVC was one of the largest such facilities in the world and was the second-oldest operational television studio in the United Kingdom, after Granada Studios where Granada Television was based for many decades. Stanhope said in April 2014 that the new Television Centre development would "pay homage to the original use of the building" and retain original features of the buildings including the "doughnut", atomic dot wall and Helios statue; the new Television Centre will be opened up to the public and will offer entertainment and leisure facilities, including a new branch of members' club Soho House, offices aimed at the creative sector and 1,000 new homes, together with pedestrian access through the site providing connectivity with the local area, including Hammersmith Park. The refurbished Studios 1, 2 and 3 reopened in September 2017 and, since the closure of ITV's London Studios, have been the recording location for Good Morning Britain, This Morning and Loose Women; the building is 4 miles west in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.
The nearest Underground stations are Wood Lane. On Friday 1 April 1949 Norman Collins, the Controller of the BBC Television Service, announced at the Television Society's annual dinner at The Waldorf Hilton, London that a new TV centre would be built in Shepherd's Bush. London broadcasts at the time came from Lime Grove Studios, it was to be the largest television centre in the world. Riverside Studios in Hammersmith were used from 1954, it turned out to be twice as big. On 24 August 1956 the main contract was awarded to Higgs and Hill, which built The London Studios for ITV in 1972; the building was planned to cost £9m. When it opened, the Director of BBC television was Gerald Beadle, the first programme broadcast was First Night with David Nixon in Studio Three. In 1997 the BBC News Centre was opened, in a new complex at the front of the building; the decision to move radio news to this building was attributed to Director General John Birt, a move, resisted by the managing director of BBC Radio, Liz Forgan, who resigned after failing to dissuade the governors.
Birt's decision caused problems. The building featured a central circular block around which were studios, engineering areas and the News Centre. In the centre of the main block was a statue designed by T. B. Huxley-Jones of Helios, the Greek god of the sun, to symbolise the radiation of television around the world. At the foot of the statue were two reclining figures, symbolising sound and vision, the components of television, it was a fountain, but owing to the building's unique shape it was too noisy for the staff in the overlooking offices, there were problems with water leakage into the videotape area directly beneath. Though there was a foundation stone marked'BBC 1956' in the basement of the main building, construction began in 1951. Various extensions have been added; the BBC had to seek accommodation elsewhere, such as the nearby BBC White City complex comprising White City One, a 25,000 square metre office building, the adjacent Broadcast and Media Centres. With the
Sophie Jane Raworth is an English journalist and broadcaster. She works for the BBC as a newsreader, she regularly appears on the BBC News at Six and on BBC News at Ten. In 2015, she became the new presenter of consumer affairs programme Watchdog and in 2016, began presenting Crimewatch, both for BBC One. Born in Surrey to a florist mother and a businessman father, Raworth grew up in an exclusive area of Twickenham in south west London and attended the independent Putney High and St Paul's Girls' schools. After completing a degree in French and German at the University of Manchester, Raworth spent a year teaching English to teenagers in Toulouse before studying for a postgraduate course in broadcasting and journalism at City University, London. Raworth joined the BBC in 1992 as a news reporter, first for Greater Manchester Radio and in April 1994, as BBC Regions correspondent in Brussels. In May 1995, she became the regular joint presenter of BBC's Look North programme in Leeds. Raworth moved to national television in 1997, to co-present the BBC's Breakfast News programme on BBC One with Justin Webb, in years, with John Nicolson.
Raworth joined the BBC's early morning news programme Breakfast at its launch in 2000, which she presented alongside Jeremy Bowen and in years, Dermot Murnaghan, on Monday–Thursdays, sometimes with regular relief presenters such as Bill Turnbull and Michael Peschardt. She moved to the BBC Six O'Clock News in January 2003 which she presented alongside George Alagiah. In March 2006 Raworth was named as the main presenter of the BBC News at One, replacing Anna Ford on Monday-Thursdays, she took up the position in June 2006 after returning from maternity leave. She can be seen presenting relief shifts on the rolling news channel BBC News Channel. Raworth has presented several BBC specials, including coverage of the Queen's Golden Jubilee and Our Monarchy – the Next 50 Years, both alongside David Dimbleby. In addition, she has appeared on Tomorrow's World and, in the early 2000s, entertainment programmes such as Dream Lives and the quiz show Judgemental. In 2004, Raworth appeared on the BBC fashion show What Not to Wear, in which she was given a makeover by style advisors Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine.
In 2006 she was part of the television coverage of the Children's Party at the Palace, an event to celebrate the Queen's 80th birthday. Along with Huw Edwards, she presented some fake news updates for the programme, which led to many complaints from viewers. Raworth had a cameo role as a newsreader in the last series of the BBC comedy series My Hero. At the end of the One O'Clock News on 31 January 2008, she announced that she would be leaving the programme until the summer, confirmed Kate Silverton as presenting the bulletin during her absence. Raworth returned on 25 August 2008, after the birth of her third child, with the presentation of the Bank Holiday edition of the BBC News at One, BBC News at Six and BBC News at Ten. Raworth ran the Great North Run on 5 October 2008. Since early 2009, Raworth has been the main relief presenter on the BBC News at Six and a regular relief presenter on the BBC News at Ten presenting when regular presenters Huw Edwards, Fiona Bruce and George Alagiah are not available.
She has appeared in place of Andrew Marr on The Andrew Marr Show, presented on the BBC News Channel. In May 2009, she presented The Trouble with Working Women with reporter and father-of-three Justin Rowlatt on the BBC; the programme looked at the role of the working woman. In 2009, she presented Crimewatch Roadshow on BBC One on weekday mornings. In 2013, Raworth had a cameo appearance at the start of the film A Good Day to Die Hard as herself. On 16 July 2013, Raworth was given an Award of Doctor of Arts honoris causa by City University London. Raworth presented Watchdog Daily in 2012 and Watchdog Test House in 2014 and 2015, before landing the role of main presenter on Watchdog in September 2015, she replaced Anne Robinson. In February 2016, Raworth replaced Kirsty Young as main anchor of Crimewatch, she guest presented the programme in 2012. In 2017 it was reported. In 2018, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force, Raworth presented a documentary called RAF 100: Into the Blue, where she talked about her grandfather, Cpt. Edwin Raworth, a pilot in the First World War.
Raworth lives in London. In March 2017, the genealogy programme, Who Do You Think You Are? on BBC television, featured Sophie Raworth's family story. It revealed that she was descended from non-conformist ancestors who were members of an idealistic religious community called the New Jerusalem Church, they lived in Birmingham at a time when the city was rocked by religious riots in 1791 with people like her ancestors being the targets. In the aftermath of the riots, Sophie's ancestors and Martha Mott, took a great risk and uprooted their young family and moved to America. However, within two years of arriving, the parents had died of yellow fever and the children were sent back to England. Raworth discovers in the programme that she was not descended from the line that she had believed, but from Samuel Mott, sent to live with a bankrupt and ended up taking his own life. Investigating another branch of her paternal family tree, she found a long line of horticultural heritage stretching back to the 1700s, beginning with her great-grandfather, Edgar Cussons Crowder, who once worked in the Palm House at Kew Gardens.
Further research reveals that her five times great-grandfathe
Edward Stourton (journalist)
Edward John Ivo Stourton is a BBC broadcaster and presenter of the BBC Radio 4 programme Sunday, a frequent contributor to the Today programme, where for ten years he was one of the main presenters. He is the author of six books, most Cruel Crossing: Escaping Hitler Across the Pyrenees. Stourton was born in the British colony of Nigeria as his father was based there, he was educated at the now defunct Roman Catholic preparatory school Avisford in Walberton and at Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire and was head boy in his final year at both establishments. While at Ampleforth he befriended future High Court judge Nicholas Mostyn, the son of a Nigerian-based BAT executive; the duo won the national ESU Schools Mace debating prize in 1975. He read English literature at Trinity College, gaining a 2:1, he served as editor of the student magazine Rampage. He joined the staff of ITN in 1979 as a graduate trainee. While working there he was a founder member of Channel 4 News in 1982 working predominantly as a copywriter but as a producer, duty home news editor and chief sub-editor.
Stourton joined the BBC in 1988 as a Paris correspondent. He returned to ITN as a diplomatic editor in 1990. In 1993, he was back at the BBC as the presenter of BBC One O'Clock News for six years, he presented editions of Assignment, Correspondent and Call Ed Stourton, a phone-in programme on Radio 4. He has made a number of current affairs programmes for Radio 4 including Asia Gold and Global Shakeout, The Violence Files, With us or against us, United Nations – or Not?. Asia Gold was the winner of the Sony Radio Gold Award for current affairs in 1997. Stourton presented a four-part series about the Catholic church, entitled Absolute Truth, it was broadcast on BBC2 in 1997. He wrote a book to accompany the series. In 2001, he won the Amnesty International Award for best television documentary for an episode of Correspondent about the Khiam detention center during the Israeli occupation of Southern Lebanon, his series, A Year in the Arab Israeli Crisis, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service in 2005.
In January 1999, he joined the BBC's Today programme presentation team. It was announced in on 12 December 2008 that he would leave the programme in September 2009, to be replaced by Justin Webb; this announcement was greeted with widespread public dismay not least because Stourton found out about it from a journalist rather than his employers. Following a campaign by listeners, it was announced on 27 December 2008 that he was not being sacked. Instead, shortly after Justin Webb joined the Today Programme in August 2009, Stourton moved from presenting duties to reporting on foreign stories. Stourton presented Today for the last time on 11 September 2009. Since leaving his presentation role on the Today programme, Stourton has joined the presenting teams of The World at One and The World This Weekend. On 27 December 2006 he appeared on the celebrity charitable edition of BBC One's Mastermind, chaired by his BBC Radio 4 Today co-presenter John Humphrys; when asked his name, Stourton replied: "John, why do you need to ask that?
We sleep together!" His specialist subject was Pope John Paul II on which he scored 17 points, for a total of 28 points after general knowledge to win his heat. Stourton is a Catholic who presents Sunday, Radio 4's religious and ethical current affairs programme. Stourton is a descendant of the 19th Baron Stourton and is distant remainder to this barony presently held by his cousin Edward Stourton, 27th Baron Mowbray, he is the son of Nigel Stourton CBE, who worked for British American Tobacco, Rosemary Abbott, being brought up near Patrick Brompton. In Kensington in 1980, he married Margaret McEwen, the daughter of Sir James Napier Finnie McEwen, a baronet, they had three children together before divorcing. He married former colleague Fiona Murch on 8 November 2002 at Chelsea Register Office, she was an editor for BBC Two with whom he had lived from 2001. They live in Stockwell, south London, he has an extensive knowledge of the Roman Catholic faith. Stourton has four children: Ivo James Benedict, Thomas Edward Alexander and Eleanor Mary Elizabeth and stepdaughter Rosy.
Ivo is a lawyer and author of The Night Climbers and Tom is a comedian and part of comedy duo Totally Tom. Eleanor is a photographer. John Paul II: Man of History ISBN 0-340-90817-3 March 2007 In the Footsteps of St Paul ISBN 0-340-86188-6 January 2005 Absolute Truth: The Catholic Church Today ISBN 0-14-027297-6 February 1999 "It's a PC World: What It Means to Live in a Land Gone Politically Correct" ISBN 978-0-340-95486-7 November 2008 "Diary of a Dog-Walker: Time Spent Following a Lead" ISBN 978-0-85752-007-4, 9 June 2011 "Cruel Crossing: Escaping Hitler Across the Pyrenees" ISBN 978-0-85752-051-7, 25 April 2013 Edward Stourton on IMDb United Nations – or Not? With us or against us A Year in the Arab Israeli Crisis Keeping the Faith, BBC Radio 4 series in which people of different religions look at the English Reformation through the experience of their ancestors