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John Craven
Born John Craven
16 August 1940 (1940-08-16) (age 69)
Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Residence London, England
Nationality British
Other names John Craven OBE
Ethnicity English
Occupation Journalist and broadcaster
Employer BBC
Home town (Family origin) Bingley, Yorkshire, England
Known for Presenting Countryfile
Title OBE
Religious beliefs Christianity[1]

John Craven OBE (born 16 August 1940) is an English journalist and television presenter, best known for presenting the BBC's Newsround (originally John Craven's Newsround) and Countryfile.[2]


Early career

Craven was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire and educated at Leeds Modern School. He started his professional life in print journalism as a junior reporter on a local newspaper, the Harrogate Advertiser, before working for the Yorkshire Post and as a freelance correspondent and writer for national newspapers.

He joined the BBC staff in Newcastle upon Tyne, to work on local radio and television, before moving to the BBC in Bristol.



In 1972, he began a regular children's news programme, Newsround. The first such programme ever produced for British television, it drew on the full journalistic resources of the BBC. Craven became associated with children's TV and presented news items on other children's programmes, such as Multi-Coloured Swap Shop and Saturday Superstore.[3]


In 1989 he left the Newsround team and began to present a countryside news programme, Countryfile, for the BBC.

In December 2008, it was revealed that Countryfile will be introducing new presenters while sacking others. It was reported that Craven will be staying on the programme.[4]


He was awarded the OBE in 2000 for services to rural and children's broadcasting, and the Baird Medal in 2002. He is vice-president of the Waterways Trust and Patron of SPANA (Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad).



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