Whatever your age, it’s unlikely that you’ll require an introduction. John Craven is perhaps best known as the presenter and editor of the hugely popular John Craven’s Newsround, a role which established him as a household name spanning two generations. Newsround was the first television news programme in the world to report directly to children – although also watched by millions of adults! John stayed for more than 3,000 editions, spending 17 years with the programme. Children once voted him among their 100 All-Time Greats.
John enjoys an equally high profile in his role as presenter of the long-running Countryfile, BBC1’s rural and environmental current affairs programme, which he joined in 1989.
One of the BBC’s longest standing presenters, John was a host on Saturday morning children’s television for over 10 years. He recently took part in a massively popular Swap Shop reunion show for BBC2, teaming up with the original line up of Noel, Keith and Maggie. He also presented Country Cops for BBC2, and shared his genuine passion for antiques in Craven’s Collectables for Anglia TV.
John’s other presenting roles include BBC2’s Castle in the Country and Live from Chatsworth for BBC1, co-presented with Nicky Chapman. Both programmes were highly successful in the ratings. Every Christmas John presents a wildlife special on BBC1’s Animal Sanctuary.
Born in Leeds, John started his journalistic career on local newspapers and joined the BBC as a news writer in Newcastle upon Tyne, later moving to Bristolas a reporter with regional television. In 1971 he made his debut as a network television presenter on the current affairs programme Search.
When not broadcasting, John is busy with corporate work, writing, speaking engagements and personal appearances. During his career John and his programmes have won many awards, including two BAFTAs and the TV Times Awards. He is married with two daughters and lives inNorth Oxfordshire.
John was awarded an OBE in the Millennium Honours for services to broadcasting. In 1996, the Royal Television Society appointed him a member of its exclusive Hall of Fame, in recognition of an outstanding contribution to British television.
In March 2000, John enjoyed the accolade of being handed the Big Red Book by Michael Aspel on This is Your Life.
- Countryfile- BBC1
- Castle in the Country- BBC2
- Country Cops- BBC2
- Live From Chatsworth- BBC1
- Animal Sanctuary- BBC1
- Craven’s Collectables- Anglia TV
- John Craven’s Newsround- BBC1
- Swap Shop- BBC1