Newsround was the first British 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.
Currently, the main edition of Newsround is presented by Sonali Gudka, the deputy is currently Adam Fleming. Short bulletins are presented by Ricky Boleto (Monday - Wednesday), Ore Oduba (Thursday/Friday) and Maddy Savage (Saturday/Sunday).
In February, an online video podcast was released called And Finally . This was a summary of the entire week's news, and a new edition was released every Thursday. There was also a podcast for Sportsround called Action Replay. This could either be downloaded as an MPEG-4 Part 14 file or as a podcast which includes both And Finally and Action Replay. Both services were part of a podcast trial which has now been stopped.
Main Article: Newsround Specials
A variation on the regular format of Newsround is a series of short (typically 15-minute) documentary films, previously broadcast under the title Newsround Extra but now called "specials, 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 (for Extras it was usually Monday, although sometimes on Fridays, particularly during the 1980s). On 1 December 2006 The Wrong Trainers was broadcast, 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. The Wrong Trainers won the factual category at the 2007 Children's Baftas.
On 5 February 2008 the BBC announced two Newsround Specials The first, televised on 19 March 2008 and called The Worst Thing Ever?, is about children's experience of divorce. The other was Newsround on Knives broadcast on 27 March 2008.
Originally called Newsround Lite, Newsround Showbiz ran from 2001 to 2005. It started as a daily programme and then moved to Saturdays and Sundays. The latter version of the show was hosted by regular Newsround presenters/reporters Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes, Adam Fleming, Rachel Horne & Thalia Pellegrini and produced by Sinead Rocks. The show contained entertainment news and gossip and generally took a lighthearted view of the world of celebrity.
In September 2005, a new spin-off of Newsround was launched, entitled Sportsround. It contains reports from major sporting events and local sport competitions. The show is presented by Michael Absalom with reporters Sonali Gudka and Gavin Ramjaun.
The programme has been criticized by some young people on its message boards as patronising or dumbed down. . There is a suspicion on the Newsround boards of a reluctance to allow coverage of LGBT issues although some have argued against covering these issues.
Newsround's website operated an age discrimination policy from summer 2006, which meant that feedback from older kids was discarded. As of 2008, this website discrimination policy has been relaxed. In 2007 website coverage of 9/11 was criticised by some as biased against the USA. The coverage was subsequently amended.
They are also commonly criticized for giving too much airtime over to reporting on the plight of pandas and other animals.
|Presenter||Dates presenting||Length of time presenting|
|John Craven||April 1972 - 22 June, 1989||17 years & 2 months|
|Paul McDowell||1979? - 1985||16 years?|
|Roger Finn||1985 - 1991||6 years|
|Helen Rollason||1986 - 1990||4 years|
|Juliet Morris||1990 - October 1994||4 years|
|Krishnan Guru-Murthy||1991 - October 1994||3 years|
|Julie Etchingham||October 1994 - February 1998||3 years & 4 months|
|Chris Rogers||October 1994 - 1999||5 years|
|Kate Sanderson||July 1997 - September 2001||4 years & 2 months|
|Matthew Price||1999 - 2002||3 years|
|Becky Jago||September 2001 - February 2003||1 year & 5 months|
|Rachel Horne||December 2002 - April 2006||3 years & 4 months|
|Thalia Pellegrini||October 2003 - 2007||4 years|
|Lizo Mzimba||1998 - May 2008||10 years|
|Helen Skelton||November 2007 - July 2008||8 months|
|Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes||December 2001 - August 2008||6 years & 8 months|
|Laura Jones||December 2002 - 15th August 2008||5 years & 8 months|