April 4 in Kids TV

45 years ago today, in 1972, John Craven presented the first edition of John Craven’s Newsround, now simply known as Newsround [http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround].  Craven presented the show until 1989, after which it has been presented by a rotating team including Juliet Morris, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Julie Etchingham, Chris Rogers, Kate Sanderson, Matthew Price and Becky Jago.  During Craven’s time as lead presenter and editor, presenting was also provided by Lucy Mathen (the BBC’s first female British Asian to present a major national TV programme in 1976), Paul mcDowell, Howard Stableford (Tomorrow’s World), Roger Finn (1985-1991), and Helen Rollason (first female presenter of BBC’s Grandstand, b. 11 March 1956, d. 9 August 1999).


The BBC children’s news programme has run continuously and was one of the world’s first television news magazines aimed specifically at children. Initially commissioned as a short series by BBC Children’s Department, who held editorial control, its facilities were provided by BBC News. The programme is aimed at 6 to 12-year-olds.

Newsround was the first British television programme to report an assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II in Vatican City in 1981 and break the news of the loss of the Space Shuttle Challenger on 28 January 1986. The programme also provided the first reports from the Windsor Castle fire of November 1992.

Watch the story behind Newsround on ScallywagsTV2 YouTube Channel.


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