John Craven is officially the nation’s favourite Newsround presenter of all time

The man who first brought us a Newsround bulletin remains the UK's favourite presenter of the long-running children's news programme


He’s the original and the best. Forty-five years to the day since the debut episode of Newsround aired (4th April 1972), the show’s first host John Craven has been voted the nation’s favourite presenter of the children’s news bulletin.


Craven, who presented the show until 1989, topped a poll of readers, with backing from many of the presenters who followed in his footsteps.

Ricky Boleto, who has worked on the show since 2008, was in second place and Jenny Lawrence, who has served as a presenter since 2013, came third.

Fourth place went to late 90s and 00s favourite Lizo Mzimba (who worked on the show for a decade), while Nazia Mogra, who has presented the show more recently, took fifth.

Another current face of the bulletin, Leah Boleto was sixth, while BBC Radio 4’s Matthew Price took seventh place and BBC World News and Escape to The Country star Sonali Shah came eighth.

Strictly Come Dancing winner Ore Oduba nabbed ninth place, while newsreader Ellie Crisell rounded out the top ten.

See the full results of the poll here, and check out the Top 10 below.

 The Nation’s Top 10 favourite Newsround presenters

  1. John Craven
  2. Ricky Boleto
  3. Jenny Lawrence
  4. Lizo Mzimba
  5. Nazia Mogra
  6. Leah Boleto
  7. Matthew Price
  8. Sonali Shah
  9. Ore Oduba
  10. Ellie Crisell