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50 years of Newsround

50 years ago today (4th April) John Craven hosted a TV first on BBC One: a news bulletin aimed specifically at children and young people.

The show has continued to evolve over this period – starting with daily ten-minute after-school bulletin on BBC One, later with several bulletins each day on the CBBC channel, and now, since 2020, one morning programme on CBBC supplemented by digital output.

‘You can’t shield children from the world’

Social media, the internet and rolling news means that we can’t really hide some of the horrors of the world from our young people.

Newsround does not shy away from telling children about the difficult stories – but it adapts them to fit the audience. As an example, where BBC News will talk about the numbers of people killed in Ukraine Newsround will talk in a much broader sense.

Where BBC News shows images of destruction and close ups, Newsround will produce graphics to demonstrate the impact and show much broader panoramas of buildings.

Newsround has learned how to handle these issues after handling stories like the death of Princess Diana, 911 and 7/7. They know children will hear and talk about this – and so want to give the information in a way they can process and that protects them.

The list of past Newsround presenters includes: Channel 4 News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy, , Head of Entertainment at the BBC Lizo Mzimba ITV News at Ten presenter Julie Etchingham, BBC News chief political correspondent and Newscast presenter Adam Fleming, BT Sport football presenter Jake Humphrey, broadcaster and Strictly winner Ore Oduba, and many more well-known faces.

In 2020 Ofcom allowed Newsround to cut two of its three daily TV bulletins on CBBC, one in the morning and one after school, in order to invest more in its online output. The 7.45am bulletin was, however, extended from five minutes to eight.

Newsround currently has six presenters within a team of about 25 journalists working across its website, TV bulletin, specials and social media in a seven-day operation.

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