20 Most Famous Female News Presenters in UK Television

The most famous female news presenters in UK television have impacted society in multiple ways.

On the one hand, they air important news that affects our daily lives. On the other hand, they are celebrities who influence people’s career choices, fashion sense, and lifestyle. They also enjoy a large following on social media channels.

Whether you watch TV to know the current happenings and a certain presenter has caught your attention, or you’re looking for a specific presenter, this list should come in handy.

These are the top female TV presenters in the UK based on their popularity on social media and search engines.

1. Fiona Bruce

Fiona Bruce first joined BBC as a researcher for Panorama in 1989.
Fiona Bruce first joined BBC as a researcher for Panorama in 1989. Image: Facebook/BBC Antiques Roadshow

Fiona first joined BBC as a researcher for Panorama in 1989. She became the first female newsreader on BBC and a presenter for shows such as Crimewatch, Real Story, Antiques Roadshow and Fake or Fortune?

Many viewers began to like her for her warm yet authoritative on-screen presence. Another admirable trait about Fiona is that she is multilingual.

She became fluent in French and Italian after studying in Paris and Milan. Therefore, don’t be shocked when this English reporter speaks in French without a translator.

2. Joanna Gosling

Joanna Gosling began her career as a presenter and newsreader for BBC News.
Joanna Gosling began her career as a presenter and newsreader for BBC News. Image: Instagram/ joannagosling_daily

Joanna began her career as a presenter and newsreader for BBC News from 1999 to 2023.

Before joining BBC, she had previously worked for ITN, Sky News, Central and IRN. She is known for anchoring major political and royal events.

At this point, you may be wondering why she is no longer with BBC despite working there for so long.

According to The Mirror, she left because she wanted a new beginning. Luckily, you can still keep up with her weekly program on Classic FM.

3. Rianna Croxford

Rianna Croxford became BBC's news correspondent at only 26
Rianna Croxford became BBC’s news correspondent at only 26. Image: Instagram/
rianna_croxford

Rianna is among the top-ranking young female presenters at the moment. She became BBC’s news correspondent at only 26 in 2021.

Specifically, she presents matters about the community such as abuses of power, social injustices and corruption.

Despite being only new in her field, she managed to uncover scandalous events. For instance, she revealed how there were failures in diagnosing serious medical issues using baby scans.

She also reported on the high number of COVID-19 deaths among individuals from minority backgrounds.

4. Sally Nugent

Sally Nugent's  first role as a sports reporter was at BBC Radio Merseyside
Sally Nugent’s first role as a sports reporter was at BBC Radio Merseyside. Image: Instagram/celebritywinterfashion

Sally’s first role as a sports reporter was at BBC Radio Merseyside. Soon, she would become a sports reporter for BBC News in 2003.

In 2011, she would co-present for BBC Breakfast on a freelance basis whenever the regular hosts would be unavailable.

As a sports reporter, Sally has traveled worldwide to report on sports events. For instance, she traveled to Germany during the 2006 FIFA World Cup to anchor Sportsday.

Thanks to her job, she has met famous people such as Jurgen Klopp, Tom Daley, Marcus Rashford, Mike Tindall, and Roger Federer.

5. Nancy Kacungira

Nancy Kacungira  won the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award in 2015
Nancy Kacungira won the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award in 2015. Image: Instagram/kacungira

Nancy is one of the few black female presenters who has worked in at least one country. As a Ugandan journalist, she was able to work in radio and television in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania for more than a decade.

She is all about championing balance, diversity, and nuance in narratives about Africa.

Thanks to her challenging negative African stereotypes, she has bagged many awards. In 2015, she won the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award. Later, in 2017, she was crowned one of Uganda’s most influential women by TedX and the World Economic Forum.

6. Jane Hill

Jane Hill is among the most famous female presenters in the UK.
Jane Hill is among the most famous female presenters in the UK. Image: BBC

When talking about famous female news presenters in the UK, you cannot leave out Jane Hill. That is because she has always been one of the main presenters of the BBC News. She would present the news at one and five and work during the weekend.

Outside of her job, Jane isn’t afraid to speak her mind about issues that may affect others.

In 2003, for instance, she went to a cinema to watch the film, Oppenheimer. She informed her then 44,000 Twitter followers that the movie used music and effects that were so loud that they drowned out the actors’ dialogues.

7. Naga Munchetty

Naga Munchetty  is a regular presenter on BBC Breakfast.
Naga Munchetty is a regular presenter on BBC Breakfast. Image: Instagram/naga_munchetty_fanpage

Naga (or who I like to call Halle Berry’s doppelganger) is a regular presenter on BBC Breakfast.

Before then, she worked for Reuters, BBC World News and BBC Two. Thanks to decades of her career as a journalist, she interviewed high-profile politicians such as Tony Blair, Hillary Clinton, and David Cameron.

One may think Naga is strictly a prime news presenter, but she has presented different types of events.

In 2010, she presented Paranormal Investigation, which was about celebrating Halloween. She has also narrated the BBC documentary Fear and Faith, which addressed anti-Semitic attacks in France.

8. Clare Balding

Clare Balding  presents for Channel 4, BBC Sport and BT Sport
Clare Balding presents for Channel 4, BBC Sport and BT Sport. Image: Instagram/clarebalding

At the moment, Clare is presenting for Channel 4, BBC Sport, and BT Sport.  As a sports presenter, she has reported for seven Olympic Games and BBC Television in Beijing, London, Tokyo, and Rio de Janeiro.

Due to her long time in the sports field, she has been part of several BAFTA Award-winning programs.

When she isn’t presenting, she writes columns for Racing Post, Sunday Telegraph, Stylist, and The Evening Standard. Besides being a columnist, she has written two biographies, My Animals and Other Family and Walking Home, which are bestsellers. Both books revolve around her growing up as a child.

9. Mishal Husain

Mishal Husain is fluent in Russian
Mishal Husain is fluent in Russian. Image: X/MishalHusain

Like Jane Hill, Mishal is another one of the most famous female news presenters in the UK, who works for BBC Television and BBC Radio.

Occasionally, she appears as a relief presenter on the weekday edition of the BBC News at Ten. Before joining BBC in 1998, she was a producer and presenter at Bloomberg Television.

It may surprise you to know that she is fluent in Russian. Before her journalism career piqued, she was an English teacher in Moscow. At that time, she covered stories mainly in Russia, Georgia, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan.

10. Susanna Reid

Susanna Reid has also presented documentaries for ITV
Susanna Reid has also presented documentaries for ITV. Image: Instagram/susannareid100

Susanna is an award-winning presenter who has worked for BBC Breakfast, ITV Breakfast, and Sunday Morning Live on BBC One. She has also presented documentaries for ITV, such as Good Food and The Murder of Becky Watts.

Due to her versatility, she appeared in shows such as Chatty Man and Would I Lie to You? in demand.

If you were around in 2010, you likely didn’t like the idea of buying newspapers but still wanted to be in the know.

Luckily, Susanna was a regular newsreader for The Andrew Marr Show. However, she was standing in for somebody and soon handed over to Marr.

11. Reeta Chakrabarti 

Reeta Chakrabarti  studied English and French at Exeter College
Reeta Chakrabarti studied English and French at Exeter College. Image: Instagram/exetercollegeox

Reeta is known for presenting BBC Weekend News, BBC News at One, BBC News at Six and BBC News at Ten.

Most of her presentations deal with social matters, from poverty, adoption to social mobility in the UK. Also, she has displayed her bravery by reporting about the European migrant crisis of 2016 while on a ship.

Her philosophy regarding connecting to people with different cultures is by learning their languages. That may explain why she studied English and French at Exeter College (1984-1988).

If you think about it, locals get pleased when you utter even three words from their language.

12. Kirsty Wark

Kirsty Wark worked for BBC’s Newsnight for 30 years
Kirsty Wark worked for BBC’s Newsnight for 30 years. Image: Instagram/royaltelevisionsociety

Kirsty is one of the longest-serving female presenters on the BBC of all time. Can you believe she worked for BBC’s Newsnight for 30 years before stepping down in 2023?

Despite stepping down, she continues to be a presenter for BBC programs; Start the Week on Radio 4 and The Reunion.

Having worked as a presenter for so long, you can guess she has made significant achievements during her career. When she joined Newsnight in 1993, she interviewed eight prime ministers and even had a final interview with playwright, Harold Pinter.

Also, she covered the 1996 Dunblane massacre by interviewing Lord Macpherson to investigate the murder of Stephen Lawrence.

13. Lukwesa Burak

 Lukwesa Burak is an ambassador for No More Malaria UK
Lukwesa Burak is an ambassador for No More Malaria UK. Image: Instagram/arvin_da_brgha

Lukwesa is a news presenter and a former weather presenter for BBC News. Before joining BBC, she worked for Sky News, eNCA, and Al Jazeera English.

In case you are wondering why she has worked for many media houses, is due to being highly sought after in the industry.

Things would get better for her in 2008 when she was featured in the second issue of UK Zambia’s Lifestyle Magazine. That same year, she was appointed as a patron of the charity All-Star Kids.

She is also an ambassador for No More Malaria UK, so don’t get alarmed when she doesn’t grace your screen often.

14. Karin Giannone

Karin Giannone is a South African-born BBC World News presenter
Karin Giannone is a South African-born BBC World News presenter. Image: Instagram/karin_giannone

Karin is a South African-born BBC World News presenter. She landed her first job as a news trainee at Anglia Television in 1997 after editing the student magazine Varsity at Cambridge.

Due to her impressive broadcasting skills, she became a presenter in 1999 for Channel 4’s Football Italia and later joined BBC in 2005.

Karin has had a chance to cover news that has interested the world. For instance, she presented live coverage from South Africa following Nelson Mandela’s death in 2013.

Additionally, she has provided live coverage for the trial of Oscar Pistorius in Pretoria, South Africa.

15. Sally Bundock

Sally Bundock is a financial journalist
Sally Bundock is a financial journalist. Image: LinkedIn/ Sally Bundok

Sally is a financial journalist who presents The Briefing on BBC One and the BBC News Channel. Before, she was covering business news for Bloomberg in the mid-1990s.

She became a BBC anchor after covering many momentous events, including EU summits, World Economic Forums, and G7 conferences.

If you were around between 2008 and 2009, then you recall how depressing the Eurozone debt crisis was.

This period was a busy time for Sally as she spent her time educating her European audience about the impact of the crisis. That is admirable because some people tend to make poor decisions in such an event.

16. Zeinab Badawi

Zeinab Badawi is a Sudanese-British television and radio presenter
Zeinab Badawi is a Sudanese-British television and radio presenter. Image: Instagram/TheZeinabBadawi

Zeinab is a Sudanese-British television and radio presenter who became the first presenter of the ITV Morning News in the 1980s.

When she joined BBC, she worked as a presenter and reporter for Westminster Live political programs. Later, she covered daily news bulletins from around the world on BBC Four in 2005.

Zeinab is one of the few presenters to hold many public positions. For instance, she has served as the Chair of the Royal African Society (2004-2021) and a trustee of the British Council.  If you are curious about her other positions, this link should help.

17. Samira Ahmed

Samira Ahmed makes documentaries for Radio 3, Radio 4 and Channel 4
Samira Ahmed makes documentaries for Radio 3, Radio 4, and Channel 4. Image: BBC

Samira is a presenter for Front Row on Radio 4 and Newswatch on the BBC News channel. Additionally, she makes documentaries for Radio 3, Radio 4 and Channel 4.

Some of her documentaries have covered David Bowie, HG Wells, Oliver Cromwell’s wife (Elizabeth), the invention of the atomic bomb, etc.

She has also written for British publications; The Independent, The Guardian, New Humanist and The Spectator. Some people would experience burnout due to working in several departments like Samira.

If she hardly gets burnout from working so much, she is one strong lady.

18. Jo Coburn

Jo Coburn worked for Fox FM Oxford, Mix 96 Aylesbury and Star FM.
Jo Coburn worked for Fox FM Oxford, Mix 96 Aylesbury, and Star FM. Image: BBC

Jo is a regular presenter of Politics Live and previously appeared on BBC Breakfast. Initially, she mostly worked for radio stations such as Fox FM Oxford, Mix 96 Aylesbury, and Star FM.

By 2000, she transitioned to television, where she covered the 2000 London Mayoral election.

For a show titled Politics Live, you may expect her to mostly interview local politicians. Amazingly, she has interviewed world leaders, rock stars, and other controversial thinkers you may think of.

Let’s face it; we have all been curious about a certain singer’s political leaning.

19. Helen Skelton

Helen Skelton is a television presenter and an actress
Helen Skelton is a television presenter and an actress. Image: Instagram/
helenskelton

Helen is a television presenter and an actress. She is famously known for co-presenting BBC’s child program, Blue Peter, from 2008 until 2013. Incidentally, Blue Peter is the longest-running show in the world, as it began broadcasting in 1958.

After departing from child programs, she devoted most of her focus to sports. In 2016, she presented swimming coverage alongside Mark Foster and Andy Jameson for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

The following year, she hosted swimming coverage on the BBC during the 2017 World Aquatics Championships.

20. Sophie Raworth

Sophie Raworth is a senior journalist, newsreader and broadcaster for BBC
Sophie Raworth is a senior journalist, newsreader, and broadcaster for BBC. Image: Instagram/sophieraworth

Sophie is a senior journalist, newsreader, and broadcaster for BBC. Before, she would be a television presenter for slate occasions for BBC’s Election Night Coverage.

In 2015, she became the presenter for Watchdog (a consumer affairs program), and the following year, she became the host of Crimewatch.

When she joined BBC in 1992, she was a news reporter for radio shows. It wasn’t until 1997, that she moved to national television to co-present the BBC’s Breakfast News with Justin Webb and later, John Nicolson.

Besides reporting for prime news, she has also appeared on BBC’s fashion show, What Not to Wear.

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