John obtained a BA (Hons) in communication, cultural studies and public media from the University of Leeds. He also has a post-graduate diploma in broadcast journalism, from City University, London and a Masters degree in modern European studies, from London Metropolitan University.

John’s broadcasting career began in 1991 with the BBC; he was a newsreader and producer with BBC Radio Sussex and BBC Radio Surrey.

In 1992, he made the switch to television, presenting and reporting for Yorkshire TV’s early morning (GMTV) and evening news programmes. John returned to radio in 1993, newsreading and writing for Classic FM. He went back to the BBC in 1994, presenting and producing for the BBC World Service.

In 1997, he took up a position as a network TV announcer with BBC TV; his voice was heard on BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Choice. From 1999, he switched to the announcer’s booths at UK Gold and BBC World TV.

It was back to radio again in 2001; John became an announcer for the BBC World Service (Education Network). In 2004, he switched to presenting: initially for the English programme for China; and then in 2005, he began presenting the live, daily ‘BBC Xtra’ English programme, heard on BBC Arabic.

John tells us that he is an enthusiastic pro-European…and Finland lover!


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