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BBC News Presenter Count 1980s/1990s/2000s/2010s

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Rolling News Central (East) East Midlands Today
Breakfast News 1997:

(1) Justin Webb - 142 programmes
(2) Andrew Harvey - 100 programmes
(3) Sophie Raworth - 70 programmes
(4) Juliet Morris - 60 programmes
(5) Liz MacKean - 38 programmes
(6) Sara Coburn - 31 programmes
(7) Sally Magnusson - 21 programmes
(8 ) Jon Sopel - 17 programmes
(9) Fiona Bruce - 12 programmes
(10) Jennie Bond - 5 programmes
(11) Huw Edwards - 2 programmes
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itsrobert Founding member Granada North West Today
It's quite interesting to see Huw and Fiona's profile rising a bit in 1996 and 1997. I seem to recall initially they only presented news summaries, but they seem to have been phased into Breakfast News a bit more in the run-up to taking on the Six in 1999.
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Steve Williams
It's quite interesting to see Huw and Fiona's profile rising a bit in 1996 and 1997. I seem to recall initially they only presented news summaries, but they seem to have been phased into Breakfast News a bit more in the run-up to taking on the Six in 1999.


There was a period in the summer of 1997 when Huw Edwards and Gavin Esler between them presented Newsnight for about six weeks, with all the regular presenters absent, which I remember reading was to give them more experience in presenting as they were going to be doing a lot of it on News 24 when that launched.

I wouldn't say their presence in 1997 was so unusual, Jon Sopel and, when we see the Six, Diana Madill were about the same level at that point.
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noggin Founding member
It's quite interesting to see Huw and Fiona's profile rising a bit in 1996 and 1997. I seem to recall initially they only presented news summaries, but they seem to have been phased into Breakfast News a bit more in the run-up to taking on the Six in 1999.


Huw had also had a decent stint as one of Krishnan Guru-Murthy's replacements (along with George Alagiah) in the 1200-1600 slot on BBC News 24 prior to taking over the Six, as well as being the News 24 Political Correspondent (or similar title).

Being able to present BBC News 24 in the late 90s was a real test of presentation skills.
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Rolling News Central (East) East Midlands Today
Breakfast News 1998:

(1) Sophie Raworth - 153 programmes
(2) Andrew Harvey - 95 programmes
(3) Liz MacKean - 70 programmes
(4) John Nicholson - 51 programmes
(5) Jeremy Bowen - 39 programmes
(6) Justin Webb - 35 programmes
(7) Emma Howard - 19 programmes
(8 ) Jon Sopel - 16 programmes
(9) Sally Magnusson - 7 programmes
(10) Noel Thompson - 5 programmes
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Steve Williams
Jeremy Bowen's debut on Breakfast News there, just for a limited period (seemingly between Justin Webb's departure and John Nicolson becoming the main presenter). I remember there were letters to the Radio Times saying what a breath of fresh air he was, which presumably they remembered when they came to decide on the presenters for Breakfast.

I remember Jon Sopel did, solo, the unscheduled Breakfast News on Good Friday to cover the Good Frday Agreement.
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RN
Rolling News Central (East) East Midlands Today
Jeremy was pretty much one of the main presenters in the first quarter of 1998, doing 3 days a week most weeks with Sophie (Andrew Harvey and Liz McKean did the other 2 days). He then covered for another week in the summer. Justin Webb returned in the April and then seemed to leave in early September when John Nicholson took his place.

I was a bit surprised to see Jeremy crop up so much in 1998 as he didn't think he started until October 2000, although I can see now why he got the main gig when Breakfast started.
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Rolling News Central (East) East Midlands Today
Breakfast News 1999:

(1) John Nicolson - 179 programmes
(2) Sophie Raworth - 169 programmes
(3) Julie Etchingham - 52 programmes
(4) Noel Thompson - 45 programmes
(5) Emma Howard - 16 programmes
(6) Michael Peschardt - 13 programmes
(7) Tanya Beckett - 7 programmes
(-) Liz MacKean - 7 programmes
(8 ) Rob Bonnet - 5 programmes
(9) Jon Sopel - 4 programmes
(10) Andrew Harvey - 2 programmes
(11) Sally Magnusson - 1 programme
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Rolling News Central (East) East Midlands Today
Breakfast News 2000:

(1) Sophie Raworth - 122 programmes
(2) John Nicolson - 119 programmes
(3) Julie Etchingham - 40 programmes
(4) Noel Thompson - 37 programmes
(5) Michael Peschardt - 16 programmes
(6) Tanya Beckett - 15 programmes
(7) Rob Bonnet - 3 programmes
(8 ) Liz MacKean - 1 programme
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RN
Rolling News Central (East) East Midlands Today
BBC Six O' Clock News 1990:

(1) Peter Sissons - 139 programmes
(2) Anna Ford - 134 programmes
(3) Andrew Harvey - 93 programmes
(4) Moira Stuart - 84 programmes
(5) Jill Dando - 23 programmes
(6) Chris Lowe - 17 programmes
(7) John Humphrys - 4 programmes
(8 ) Nicholas Witchell - 3 programmes
(9) Laurie Mayer - 2 programmes
(10) Philip Hayton - 1 programme
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Rolling News Central (East) East Midlands Today
BBC Six O' Clock News 1991:

(1) Anna Ford - 130 programmes
(2) Peter Sissons - 122 programmes
(3) Moira Stuart - 93 programmes
(4) Andrew Harvey - 90 programmes
(5) Jill Dando - 21 programmes
(6) John Humphrys - 17 programmes
(7) Chris Lowe - 15 programmes
(8 ) Laurie Mayer - 8 programmes
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Rolling News Central (East) East Midlands Today
They used to mix presenters up a bit sometimes but the main Rota for the early 90s on the Six appeared to be:

Mon/Fri: Peter & Moira
Tue: Peter & Anna
Wed/Thu: Anna & Andrew

Jill, Chris, John and Laurie were the main holiday/relief covers.
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