by Mark Nobes, chief editor

Firstly, in the video clip above you can watch a full Newsround bulletin from John Craven's Newsround in 1982. You can see his last ever broadcast near the bottom of this page.

In 1972, John Craven began a regular children's news programme called Newsround, a programme that is still being aired today, albeit with different presenters.

It was the first kids news programme ever produced for British television. John Craven quickly became associated with children's TV and presented news items on Saturday morning TV shows, Multi Coloured Swap Shop (with Keith Chegwin, Maggie Philbin and Noel Edmonds) and Saturday Superstore with DJ Mike Read.

John left Newsround in 1989 to present Countryfile which he still presents today.

In 2015, John presented the BBC2 game show Beat The Brain.

In July 2019, John Craven released Headlines and Hedgerows: A Memoir

John Craven's Newsround Nov 6th 1981

Nov 6th 1981 bulletin

In 1989, shortly before Craven's departure, the programme was retitled Newsround, with a wide range of presenters taking the helm including Juliet Morris (who presented BBC Breakfast News in the second half of the 1990s), Julie Etchingham (who now presents News At Ten on ITV), Krishnan Guru-Murthy (now on Channel 4 news), Kate Sanderson (who now presents British Forces News), Chris Rogers, Becky Jago and Matthew Price.
The final BBC1 Newsround was broadcast on 20th December 2012, but continues to be aired on CBBC.
John Craven in the 70s



Am I the only one who had no idea that the opening titles to Newsround were actually part of a full-length tune called "Johnny One Note" by the Ted Heath Band. You learn something everyday I guess!

John Craven in the 80s


Hohn Craven's Wildlife Report (1981) paperback book
First published as a paperback in 1981, John Craven's Wildlife Report was dedicated to wildlife conservation.


After 17 years presenting Newsround, John Craven decided to finally bow out in this final bulletin on 22nd June 1989. It was followed by an interview on Blue Peter, which is also in this clip. John logs out of his computer to talk to Mark Curry and Caron Keating, and also receives a Blue Peter badge. Caron sadly passed away on 13th April 2004, aged just 41, after battling with breast cancer.