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BBC News Presenter Count 1967-2020

Presented by Rolling News and mccanmat. With cmthwtv and News96. (May 2020)

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AN
all new Phil
It’s heartwarming to see all this nepotism over the decades

Not entirely sure you know what nepotism means...
JA
Jamesypoo
It’s heartwarming to see all this nepotism over the decades

Not entirely sure you know what nepotism means...

Or you've had a sarcasm bypass?
RN
Rolling News
Main News
1968:
=1 Robert Dougall 115
=1 Richard Baker 115
3 Robert Langley 77
4 Michael Aspel 52
5 John Edmunds 4
6 Ronald Allison 6

Never knew Michael Aspel read the news.
Last edited by Rolling News on 27 July 2020 4:57pm
MA
Markymark
Main News
1968:
=1 Robert Dougall 115
=1 Richard Baker 115
3 Robert Langley 77
4 Michael Aspel 52
5 John Edmunds 4
6 Ronald Allison 6

Never knew Michael Aspel read the news.


Yes, I think he started at BBC Wales. For a very short period he was also one of Radio 4's Today presenters
RN
Rolling News
I was thinking... for us completists out there... does anyone want to see the figures for weekend bulletins and bbc two news programmes?
Quite enjoying this bit of research... tempting to even look at numbers for the listed weather forecasters and other programmes with a pool of presenters like Grandstand?

I may have to think of a new title for the thread. 😉

Weekend bulletins would be interesting to see. I've already done the 2010s obvs but unfortunately I no longer have the capacity to count any more decades...so will leave it in your capable hands.
MC
mccanmat
https://youtu.be/qpLMKPfkTp4

There was a clip if Aspel presenting but can only find this behind the scenes one!
BR
Brekkie
So is Huw Edwards the person who has read the most BBC News bulletins?
GH
Ghost
https://youtu.be/qpLMKPfkTp4

There was a clip if Aspel presenting but can only find this behind the scenes one!

Here’s some clips:
https://tvark.org/?page=media&mediaid=105192
https://tvark.org/?page=media&mediaid=63190
RR
RR
Michael Aspel was a newsreader for nearly a decade - he famously announced the death of Marilyn Monroe on the BBC - and that was back in 1962.
RN
Rolling News
So is Huw Edwards the person who has read the most BBC News bulletins?

Well he’s now been a consistent face on the BBC News for 21 years and an occasional relief for 5 years before that so he must be or very close. I can’t think of any other BBC News presenter in history who has served as long as he has as a news anchor.

You could say Sophie Raworth if you include Breakfast.
CM
cmthwtv
He did Monday to Thursday between 99 and 19, is there anyone else who did that consistently before him?

I don't think there is. So he probably is the person who's read the most.
JW
JamesWorldNews
If we refer to main news bulletins, then Huw probably does lead the pack.

If we are talking about any news bulletin, I’d guess that BIG MOIRA would still lead in terms of number of bulletins presented.

Back in the day, Moira would present up to six/seven/eight bulletins a day, albeit those could either be short daytime summaries combined with the Six on the same day, or insert bulletins (‘inserts’ being news bulletins during Breakfast, On the Record, Breakfast with Frost/Sissons, etc, etc). But all news bulletins nevertheless.

Also, Moira would have presented weekly news programmes such as News Review and, latterly, NewsView.

So, if we were to tally the total number of news bulletins regardless of the bulletin’s duration, I think Moira could well be the leader.

However, Huw did Rolling News on both N24/Channel, whereas Moira didn’t. How would you measure a 2 hour slot on the channel? A single bulletin, four half hour bulletins or two one hour bulletins?

Moira’s length of service at BBC News was continuously from 1981 to 2007. (26 years in total).
Last edited by JamesWorldNews on 28 July 2020 3:15am

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