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BBC News Channel - Main presenters
Simon currently presents the 8.30-11am slot on BBC News each weekday morning alongside Rachel Schofield on Mondays and Carrie Gracie each Tuesday-Friday. He also occasionally presents BBC News at One and BBC One's weekend bulletins.
Simon's career started at the Fleet Street News Agency but he soon found his way into television, in a career which has lasted over 20 years.
He worked as Thames TV before joining Sky News at its launch in 1988. There he produced Sunrise before becoming a reporter. Simon then became the channel's Royal Correspondent in 1991. Following this five year stint, Simon moved into the studio, returning to Sunrise this times as the presenter. He later presented the channel's Tonight programme and co-presented live from Basra and Kuwait coverage of the Iraq War in 2003. He moved to BBC News in 2004, taking over his current slot in 2005.
Simon is married to local news presenter Victoria Graham and has one son.
Carrie currently presents the 8.30-11am shift on the BBC News Channel each Tuesday-Friday alongside Simon McCoy.
Prior to taking this slot in 2007 she presented on Friday and Saturday mornings and worked as a relief presenter at other times through the week.
Carrie joined the BBC World Service in 1987 as a production trainee, later moving to BBC Radio Scotland, and then to BBC Radio Four, where she was editor of Newshour. She then began to present programmes instead, mainly on BBC World Service, before becoming a correspondent for BBC television in Beijing in 1991, where she stayed until 1995. Following this spell abroad, Gracie moved back to the UK as a presenter on BBC News, although she still occasionally returns to Beijing, as she did for the Beijing Olympics in 2008, when she reported on the games for BBC News and was part of the opening ceremony. She has also appeared on Radio 4's PM programme.
Born in Bahrain and educated in Kent, Aberdeenshire and Glasgow and before joining the BBC, she set up a restaurant and small business as well as teaching children in China. She became the focus of media attention when, in 2009, she revealed that she is paid an annual salary of £92,000 during a heated exchange on MP's expenses.
Rachel presents the 8.30-11am shift on BBC News alongside Simon McCoy on Monday mornings as well as acting as a relief presenter on the channel throughout the week.
She started her career at the BBC on BBC Radio Newcastle in 1999 and later reported for BBC Look North. She then moved to be a reporter for BBC Radio Four before joining BBC News, where she took on her monday morning shift in 2008.
Rachel is married to Radio Two and Panorama presenter Jeremy Vine.
Matthew presents the 11-2 shift every weekday on BBC News alongside Jane Hill. He also fronts the weekend bulletins on BBC One.
Matthew joined the BBC News channel upon its launch in 1997 as the presenter of its evening programme, but prior to this had been a BBC Network Television Correspondent since 1990, after an initial career as an accountant. He has covered many major news stories including reporting extensively from Northern Ireland and Bosnia as well as travelling throughout the Balkans during that conflict. He has also spent periods in New York and as a political correspondent covering the general election in London.
Matthew has also recently become part of the Crimewatch presenting team. He is married with four children.
Jane presents the 11-2 shift every weekday on BBC News alongside Matthew Amroliwala. She also appears on BBC One's Weekend Bulletins.
Jane started her BBC career in BBC Local Radio and joined the corporation full time in 1991. She was a producer on BBC Radio Five Live for 18 months from its launch and then moved into television after completing the BBC Regional News Trainee Scheme. Jane has been at the BBC News Channel since its launch in 1997 and in that time has presented a wide range of shifts, including overnights on BBC World and the evening News 24 Tonight shift alongside Chris Eakin. Jane has also presented live coverage from Ground Zero of the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks and many special programmes on BBC One and BBC Two, particularly during the War In Iraq and during many other news events. In 2001 Jane first started appearing on BBC One and his since presented on all of the channels news bulletins.
In December 2009 Hill used the BBC's Ariel magazine to out herself as gay. She currently lives with her partner Sara.
In her spare time, Jane is a keen supporter of the arts, particularly theatre, and enjoys food, wine and going to the gym.
Jon presents the 2-5pm slot on BBC News each Monday alongside Emily Maitlis and on Tuesday-Thursdays alongside Ellie Crisell, who is currently covering Louise Minchin. He also hosts the Politics Show each Sunday on BBC One.
Jon has worked with the BBC for over 20 years. During this time he has appeared on all of the BBC's national bulletins and BBC Breakfast. Jon joined the BBC in 1983 as a reporter and producer for Radio Solent. He was Chief Political Correspondent for BBC News for many years before moving to the French capital as the BBC's Paris Correspondent. Whilst there, he reported on a number of key stories including the French ban on the importation of British beef, the millennium celebrations in Paris, the oil spill in Brittany, the French presidency of the EU in 2000 and the Concorde crash in July 2000, before becoming a presenter in 2003. Due to his background as a correspondent he is often chosen to anchor major events from outside the studio, with examples including the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Middle East Crisis in 2006 and the 2010 General Election.
Jon is married with two children. He has previously appeared on all three BBC One Bulletins, Newsnight and BBC Breakfast.
Louise is currently presenting BBC Breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays, covering the absence of Susanna Reid. Her regular role is as presenter of the 2-5pm shift on BBC News, joining Jon Sopel Tuesday-Thursday and Julian Worricker on Fridays. She also covers the News at One.
Louise became a regular national news presenter in 2006 when she started covering BBC Breakfast, and by 2007 was the deputy presenter of the BBC News at One, a position she held until 2009. Other BBC programmes which Louise has presented include The One Show, Missing Live and Sunday Life.
Louise started her career in journalism in the Latin American section of the BBC World Service and then moved on to the Today Programme. Her first presenting job was at News Direct 97.3FM in London and she then worked for Channel Five's entertainment programme Exclusive and also worked as a reporter for Five News. Louise rejoined the BBC in 1998, presenting for BBC Radio 5 Live. On Five Live she has presented Drive, Sport on Five and Breakfast. She started her current job on the BBC News Channel in September 2003, presenting the evening shift with another new presenter, Jon Sopel, who is still her co-anchor today.
Emily presents Monday's 2-5pm shift alongside Jon Sopel, as well as acting as a relief presenter at other times during the week. She often fills-in on the BBC News at Five O'Clock, BBC News at One and is a presenter for Newsnight.
Prior to joining the news channel in 2006 as the evening presenter alongside Ben Brown, a shift that she left after going on maternity leave, Emily was previously the main presenter of BBC London News, presenting the main evening programme most weeknights. Emily joined BBC London at its launch in 2001 and prior to this, she was a presenter with Sky News, covering many top stories including US presidential elections, the fall of Belgrade, the Afghan hostage crisis, the Concorde crash, various Mandelson resignations and the Tory leadership race. Before this she was a Business Correspondent for Sky News. She also spent six years working in the Far East.
Emily is married with a young son.
Julian anchors the 2-5pm shift each Friday on BBC News alongside Louise Minchin. He also presents Radio Four's You and Yours programme, each Monday and Tuesday, as well as being an occasional relief presenter on the BBC News Channel at other times during the week.
Julian joined the BBC in 1985 as a staff reporter for BBC Radio Leicester. He moved in 1991 to join the then recently born Radio Five and presented Five Aside, the evening magazine programme. Julian then joined BBC Radio Five Live - where he has spent much of his career so far - at its launch in 1994, initially as a newsreader and reporter before soon going on to mainstream presentation with the Weekend Breakfast Programme and the Friday drivetime show, Nationwide.
In 1998 he joined Victoria Derbyshire to present Five Live's breakfast programme, before taking over the mid-morning show in 2003. In 2004 he moved to drivetime, before leaving to become a relief presenter on BBC News, as well as hosting a Sunday morning discussion programme on Five Live, which he gave up in 2007, taking a six month break to travel the world, before returning to present on BBC News. He has also appeared on BBC Breakfast on BBC One. He has presented You and Yours since October 2008.
Born in Surrey on 6 January 1963, Julian was educated at Epsom College, and went on to study English Literature at Leicester University.
Ben usually co-presents the evening 7-10pm slot on BBC News each Monday to Thursday alongside Joanna Gosling, though he often appears on the 2-5pm or 11am-2pm shifts instead. He also occasionally presents the BBC One Weekend Bulletins.
Since moving from reporting to presenting in 2006 Ben has also presented the BBC News at Six and the BBC News at Ten.
Prior to this, Ben was a special correspondent for the BBC News at Ten. He held the role from 1998 and covered a wide range of stories both domestically and internationally. He joined BBC Television News in July 1988 and was a foreign affairs correspondent until 1991, reporting the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Gulf war, from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. He then spent spells as a Moscow Correspondent and as a Foreign Affairs Correspondent. Due to his background in foreign affairs Ben is often dispatched to present from the scene of major events abroad.
Ben was educated at Sutton Valance School and Keble College, Oxford.
Joanna currently co-presents the evening 7-10pm slot on BBC News with Ben Brown each Monday to Thursday. She also occasionally anchors the BBC One Weekend Bulletins.
Joanna joined BBC News in 1999, initially presenting the overnight bulletins, and has since presented on mornings and weekends, before ending up in her current slot in 2006. Prior to this, Joanna was a reporter on Sky News. She has also worked as a presenter/reporter at Central Television. Before moving into television, Joanna worked for Independent Radio News. She began her journalism career at Fox FM in Oxfordshire.
Joanna has a French degree and her hobbies include yoga, running, film and cooking. She has also presented on BBC Breakfast and BBC One during News Specials.
Chris presents the BBC News channel's late evening slot between 10.30pm and 1am each Monday-Thursday.
Chris reported extensively on inner city riots and the rise of Derek Hatton's Militant Tendency in the 1980s, and the fall of the North's shipyards and coal mines in the 1990s. Chris trained as a reporter on local newspapers and then at a freelance Press agency before joining Central TV and then BBC North before moving to BBC News in 1997, initially in the morning slot. He has since presented daytime slots with Maxine Mawhinney and Jane Hill before moving to evenings in 2006. He has also presented the BBC News at One.
Chris was brought up in Northern Ireland, Spain and the Wirral in Merseyside. Chris was diagnosed with Swine Flu during the 2009 pandemic, taking a month off work to recover.
Tim currently presents on BBC News on Friday evenings between 10.30pm-1am. Tim also regularly fills in on both BBC News and BBC World News throughout the week and ocasionally presents the BBC News Weekend Lunchtime bulletins.
Since joining the BBC in 2002, he has anchored during many major international events, including the death of Slobodan Milosevic, the Kashmir earthquake, the July 7 bombings, the Boxing Day Tsunami, Saddam Hussein's execution and the Beslan school siege. He has also presented BBC Breakfast.
Prior to joining the BBC, Tim worked at ITN where he was both a presenter and correspondent, travelling widely to report from many different countries.
He read Spanish at Durham University and is a passionate Hispanophile who has travelled widely in Spain and South America.
Maxine currently presents on BBC News on Saturdays from 10am-4pm and Sundays from 1pm-7pm. Both these shifts include the BBC One Lunchtime Bulletins. Maxine also presents relief shifts during the week.
In 1996 Maxine began presenting for the BBC, working as an anchor for BBC World News before joining the BBC News channel on its launch in 1997, initially fronting the overnight bulletins. She later gained a regular weekday shift alongside Chris Eakin and then Matthew Amroliwala, before moving to weekends in 2006. She has also presented BBC Breakfast.
Before joining the BBC, Maxine enjoyed a long and varied career in journalism. She trained as a newspaper journalist in Northern Ireland, then joined BBC Television and Radio in Belfast, before moving to Ulster Television and then ITN in London. She then joined Sky News as Ireland Correspondent at the channels launch and then became Asian News Editor for Reuters Television. At the launch of GMTV in 1992, she was appointed the channel's Washington correspondent.
Maxine is married with two daughters and a west highland terrier called Mac.
Nicholas Owen is a regular presenter on BBC News, acting as the main presenter of the Sunday 9am-1pm shift as well as working as a relief presenter throughout the week. He also occasionally fronts the weekend BBC One Bulletins.
Prior to joining the BBC News Channel in 2007 he co-presented the ITV Lunchtime News with Katie Derham, as well as reporting at home and abroad for ITV News bulletins. Other previous roles included anchoring ITN's Channel 4 News.
From 1994 to 2000 he was a Royal Correspondent for ITV News. In that capacity he played a major role in reporting on the death and funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, later compiling a book on her life entitled "Diana – The People's Princess." He was also a regular contributor to ITN's Budget programmes, having joined ITN as Channel Four's Business and Economics Correspondent.
During the first Gulf War Nicholas presented the highly-acclaimed Midnight Special Programmes when they were launched on Channel Four. He also anchored The Parliament Programme, Channel Four's first daytime political series.
Nicholas began his journalistic career on the Surrey Mirror in 1964 before moving to Fleet Street in 1968. He worked for the Evening Standard and the Daily Telegraph before spending seven years with the Financial Times. In 1981 he switched to television reporting, joining the BBC in the North of England, covering general and industrial stories for both regional and national news and current affairs programmes. He moved to ITN in 1984.
Nicholas was born in 1947. He has an interest in transport matters, with his publications including a history of the British trolleybus. He is married to a newspaper journalist, lives in Surrey, and has four children – and one grandchild.
Clive Myrie has co-presented the BBC's weekend evening shift since July 2009, appearing alongside Annita McVeigh each Friday between 7pm and 10pm and between 7pm and midnight on Saturdays and Sundays. He also occasionally appears as a relief presenter at other times during the week.
Myrie moved to a presenting role after a distinguished career as one of the BBC's most senior foreign correspondents, having been based in Paris, Washington, Asia, Los Angeles and latterly Brussels. During his time as a correspondent he reported from more than 50 countries on many major events, including the impeachment of President Clinton, the war in Kosovo, the Palestinian Intifada, the fall of the Taleban in Afghanistan, the Iraq War of 2003 and the historic 2008 US Presidential election.
Born in Bolton, Greater Manchester, Clive joined the BBC in 1988 as a reporter for Radio Bristol. After a year with Independent Radio News, he returned to the BBC to work in regional journalism. His first role in network news came in 1992 as a News correspondent based in London, before his first overseas posting to Japan in 1996.
Clive has won a number of awards, including a Golden Nymph at the Monte Carlo Television Festival (2003) for his coverage of the Iraq war and a Screen Nations Award for Services to Broadcast Journalism (2003). He has also been nominated twice for the Bayeaux War Correspondents Award (2001 and 2003) and for a BAFTA Award (2000), as part of the BBC team covering the floods in Mozambique. Away from the BBC, Myrie enjoys both the cinema and jazz music.
Annita McVeigh currently co-presents BBC News each Friday between 7pm and 10pm and between 7pm and midnight on Saturdays and Sundays. Her co-presenter is the BBC's former foreign correspondent Clive Myrie.
Annita began her career in the late 1990's in Northern Ireland with the BBC's Newsline programme, where she worked as a reporter and occasional presenter. In 2002 she moved to BBC Network News as a News Correspondent, with her reports appearing on BBC One, BBC News and BBC Radio.
She stayed in this role until the Summer of 2006, when, shortly after returning from maternity leave, she became a news channel presenter, replacing Joanna Gosling on the weekend evening shift after she moved to the weekday schedule. Her initial co-presenter was veteran newsreader Chris Lowe, who retired in January 2009.
McVeigh is married to Martin Reid.
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