Who are the leading news presenters at the BBC? Take a look at some of the BBC’s most recognisable female news presenters who deliver your daily news.
Release Date: 16 March 2023
Update Date: 27 December 2023
Author: Speaker Agency
The BBC is one of the world’s leading news providers. Established back in 1922 and recognised all over the world for providing quality, impartial news. Diversity is at the heart of everything the BBC does. Creating a service that ‘is for everyone and should include everyone whatever their background.’
It has been championing female news anchors since the 1960s, when Nan Winton became its first female on-screen newsreader.
Since then, the BBC has continued to champion and showcase its female news talent.
So who are the BBC newsreaders female?
Fiona Bruce has worked at the BBC since 1989, where she started her career as a researcher. She has made waves by becoming the first female newsreader for BBC News at Ten.
Reeta Chakrabarti has led an interesting career at the BBC to date. She started as a producer on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. She then moved on to working on BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat and Steve Wright In The Afternoon.
On TV, she has worked as a Community Affairs Correspondent, Political Correspondent and was one of the lead reporters during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her presenting credits include BBC News at One, She is one of the BBC News at 10 female presenters.
Tina Daheley is well-known to audiences of The Radio 2 Breakfast Show with Zoe Ball, where she currently reads the news. On-screen, Daheley can sometimes be seen covering BBC News at Six and BBC News at Ten, in addition to becoming the voice of long-running series Points of View.
Many people will recognise Victoria Derbyshire, who presented The Victoria Derbyshire Show on BBC2 every weekday morning from 2015 to 2020. She started her career at the BBC as a reporter for BBC Coventry & Warwickshire, working her way up to become one of the leading female BBC newsreaders. In 2022, she became the joint presenter of Newsnight with fellow female BBC news presenter Kirsty Wark.
Joanna Gosling has worked for the BBC since 1999, working first on BBC News 24 during the late slot, before moving to other slots across the BBC News channel. She has been a regular presenter on BBC Breakfast, and now presents the late morning bulletins for BBC Weekend News.
TV presenter David Eades, Joanna Gosling and Tim Willcox announced that they were leaving the BBC last month. After it emerged that they would have to do screen tests to keep their jobs.
Journalism runs in the family of Geeta Guru-Murthy. Her brother, Krishnan, is Channel 4 News’ main presenter. Guru-Murthy can often be found presenting morning bulletins for programmes including BBC News at Nine and BBC World News.
Jane Hill started working at the BBC in 1991, where she completed the corporation’s journalism training programme before starting work on BBC Radio 5 Live as a producer from its launch. Since then, she has worked across BBC News programmes covering major events from the 9/11 attacks and the disappearance of Madeline McCann. She currently presents across the BBC News channel, including BBC News at One and BBC News at Five.
Mishal Husain is a recognisable face and voice to fans of BBC news programmes. She is the lead presenter of Sunday’s BBC News at Ten and Radio 4’s Today programme, becoming the long-running radio show’s first Muslim presenter. Since joining the BBC in 1998, she has worked as a Washington correspondent, as well as presenting business news on the BBC News Channel and BBC Weekend News.
Sally Nugent began working for BBC Radio Merseyside, before moving on to become a sports reporter for programmes including BBC News. Over the years she has worked as a relief presenter for many news programmes, including BBC Breakfast, and was made a permanent co-presenter of the programme in 2021.
Sophie Raworth is one of the leading current BBC female news presenters. She presents BBC News at Six and BBC News at Ten, BBC Sunday Morning and Crimewatch. Over the years she has presented BBC Breakfast and Watchdog. She is the sister of famous economist Kate Raworth.
Babita Sharma’s first role at the BBC was for BBC Radio Wales before working for other broadcasters while living in Dubai. Since returning to the UK, Sharma has presented on the BBC News Channel and now co-presents Newsday from Monday to Wednesday each week.
Kirsty Wark started out as a researcher for BBC Radio Scotland in 1976, and has presented a range of programmes since then, including Breakfast Time, One Foot in the Past and Newsnight. Wark was one of the lead presenters of the BBC’s 2021 Elections coverage, alongside Huw Edwards.
The BBC is home to some incredible female news presenters. Many of whom have worked for the broadcaster since the beginning of their careers.