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The Newsround titles received a slight refresh in May 2006.
Genre Children's news magazine
Starring Ellie Crisell
Adam Fleming
Lizzie Greenwood
Sonali Gudka
Laura Jones
Lizo Mzimba
Gavin Ramjaun
Country of origin United Kingdom
Produced by Georgie Bevan
Simon Goretzki
Sinéad Rocks
Running time 10 minutes
Original channel BBC One, CBBC
Original run 5 April 1972 – present
Related shows Newsround Extra

Newsround (originally called John Craven's Newsround, before the departure of Craven) is a BBC children's news programme, which has run continuously since 4 April 1972, and was the world's first television news magazine aimed specifically at children.


Originally called John Craven's Newsround, it was mostly presented by John Craven between 4 April 1972 and 22 June 1989, though presenters including Roger Finn and Helen Rollason also presented during the 1980s.

On Craven's departure, the show was renamed Newsround, and its presenters who regularly rotate have included Juliet Morris, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Julie Etchingham, Chris Rogers, Kate Sanderson, Matthew Price, and Becky Jago. Regular reporters on the programme, who have also presented it, include Paul McDowell, Paul Welsh and Terry Baddoo. For over 25 years, it was usually broadcast on BBC One at 5 p.m.

Newsround was the first BBC television programme to break the news of the loss of the Space Shuttle Challenger on 28 January 1986. As the event was shown during the opening titles, it is often erroneously stated that the tragedy happened live on air, but it in fact happened about fifteen minutes earlier. This edition was presented by Roger Finn, who had only recently joined the programme.

Current format and presenters

The Newsround edition broadcast at 5:25 pm on CBBC One has Ellie Crisell as its main anchor, with Lizo Mzimba taking Ellie's main role when she is absent. All of the presenters make reports. On the CBBC Channel, the Newsround bulletins are read by Sonali Gudka and Gavin Ramjaun. The other reporters are Laura Jones and Adam Fleming. Lizzie Greenwood is a reporter for Sportsround, Newsround's sister show.

Newsround's editor is Tim Levell with deputy editor Sinead Rocks. The main TV producer is Paul Arnold. The main online producer is Clare Youell.

Newsround Extra

A variation on the regular format of Newsround is a series of short (typically ten-minute) documentary films broadcast under the title Newsround Extra, which have been a regular feature since the late 1970s. There are two or three series of these documentaries during the year, which replace the regular bulletins on one day of the week (usually Monday, although sometimes on Fridays, particularly during the 1980s).

There was a Newsround Extra on 1 December 2006 called The Wrong Trainers a rather dark film consisting of six short animations dealing with child poverty and related issues. In one of the presentations Chris says the Government is not spending money as wisely as they should be. Afterwards, there was a linked BBCi special following up the issues. Newsround - The Wrong Trainers won the Royal Television Society Award for best children's programme 2006.

Newsround Showbiz

Originally called Newsround Lite, Newsround Showbiz ran from 2003 to 2005 and was a weekly round-up of showbiz news. It was aired every Saturday and Sunday at 3.50pm on the CBBC Channel, and was hosted by Lizzie, Adam, Rachel or Thalia who were regular Newsround presenters. The show lasted for ten minutes and contained celebrity news and gossip.

Newsround Investigates

Newsround Investigates is a special half-hour documentary series for CBBC, taking an in-depth look at issues affecting children’s lives. The first edition on May 8, 2006 investigated the subject of arson in schools.


In September 2005, a new spin-off of Newsround was launched, entitled Sportsround. It contains reoprts from major sporting events and local sport competitions. The show is presented by Jake Humphrey.

Newsround on the web

Newsround has its own website as part of the main CBBC web site, featuring:

  • The latest news headlines, grouped into the relevant sections (e.g. World, UK, Sci-Tech, etc.)
  • An RSS feed for each of the sections (e.g. an RSS feed for World news, UK news, etc.)
  • A games section, with many Flash games.
  • Message boards for different topics (e.g. Current News, Doctor Who, etc.)
  • A voting section, where users can vote on different popular topics such as favourite film, etc.
  • Quizzes.
  • Competitions.
  • Presenter blogs.

In February, an online video podcast was released called And Finally . This is a summary of the entire week's news, and a new edition is released every Thursday. There is also a podcast for Sportsround called Action Replay. This can either be downloaded as an MPEG-4 Part 14 file or as a podcast which includes both And Finally and Action Replay.

Newsround Quiz

From 18 December 2006 to 5 January 2007, digital satellite and Freeview viewers could access the free and interactive Newsround Review of The Year Quiz by pressing the red button on their remote control. Viewers watched video questions and then selected their answer by pressing the coloured keys on their remote control.


The programme has been criticized by young people, on its own CBBC message boards, as being "patronizing." In one instance, a caption banner read "Chechnians are from Chechnya" and also "David Tennant: The 10th Doctor, he is the Tenth Person to play Doctor Who". From a diversity perspective, Newsround discriminates against LGBT people by not including relevant issues or storiesFor instance, when Matt Lucas and Kevin McGee "married" in December 2006, the story was quite widely reported in the press but it went unreported on Newsround. Posts about gay rights have been removed from Newsround's messageboards.

Also, the programme's website appears to discriminate against older children. It frequently reports news stories and asks for people's thoughts on the stories. Although they say that they will try to put up as many replies as possible, very few replies from 14 and 15 year olds are published.

Newsround's editor, Tim Levell, was involved in commissioning a filmed report about a 9 year old bullfighter in Mexico. A number of people were angry that the BBC had carried the item, and two viewers aired their complaints on the 12 January 2007 edition of BBC's Newswatch programme. One complained about "portraying this medieval barbaric ritual as a cultural form of entertainment." Mr Levell explained his reasoning on Newswatch. He said that children in the UK would find the 9 year old Mexican bullfighter "absolutely fascinating."

Former presenters

  • John Craven April 1972- 22 June 1989
  • Paul McDowell 1979?-1985
  • Roger Finn 1985-1991
  • Helen Rollason 1986-1990
  • Juliet Morris 1990- October 1994
  • Krishnan Guru-Murthy 1991-October 1994
  • Julie Etchingham October 1994- February 1998
  • Chris Rogers October 1994- 1999
  • Kate Sanderson July 1997- September 2001
  • Matthew Price 1999- 2002
  • Becky Jago September 2001- February 2003
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