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Joanna Gosling

Joanna Gosling
Born Joanna Marie Mussett Gosling
(1971-01-05) 5 January 1971
Education Aylesbury High School
University of Birmingham
University of Grenoble
Occupation Journalist, Newsreader
Notable credit(s) Central News
Sky News
BBC Breakfast
BBC News Channel
BBC Weekend News
Spouse(s) Craig Oliver (1996–present)[1]
Children 3[2]

Joanna Marie Mussett Gosling (born 5 January 1971) is a television news presenter, broadcast journalist and author. She presents on the United Kingdom rolling news channel BBC News, as well as occasionally on the Saturday evening and late editions of the BBC Weekend News on BBC One. Having previously worked for Independent Local Radio, Central Television in the Midlands and Sky News she has been with the BBC since 1999. Gosling is a graduate of the University of Birmingham from which she obtained a degree in French, and the University of Grenoble. She is married to Craig Oliver, who is British Prime Minister David Cameron's Head of Communications. Her first book, Simply Wonderwoman – a guide for busy working women with children – was published in 2011.


  • Career 1
  • Personal life 2
  • Business interests 3
  • Television 4
  • Bibliography 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The oldest of three siblings, Gosling grew up in Buckinghamshire, where she was educated at Aylesbury High School in Aylesbury. She was academic and had a flair for languages, and went on from school to study at the University of Birmingham, from where she has a degree in French. However, after graduating she decided on a career in broadcast journalism.[1] She attended the University of Grenoble in France, and had originally wanted to be a war correspondent.[3]

She started her broadcasting career as a trainee reporter, completing a series of work placements at Birmingham's BBC WM, Fox FM in Oxfordshire and BBC Radio Scotland in Edinburgh, before securing her first full-time position with Independent Radio News where she read the news for Chris Moyles on Capital Radio.[3][4] She worked as a freelance reporter for Central Television and later Sky News, and has been with the BBC since August 1999.[1][4] As a presenter on BBC News 24 Gosling initially worked on the overnight slot when the channel was simulcast with BBC One and BBC World,[4] before moving to the 9am - 1pm morning shift with Ben Geoghegan, and then Phillip Hayton.[5] Along with Hayton she was part of the team which anchored coverage of the first anniversary of the September 11 attacks in 2002.[6] In December 2003, she moved to a weekend evening slot on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with Chris Lowe. She had taken over from Anna Jones who moved to her old weekday slot alongside Hayton. During summer 2006, she also appeared as an occasional presenter on BBC Breakfast.

Between 2007 and 2013, Gosling presented the 7-10pm shift on the BBC News Channel alongside Ben Brown from Monday to Thursday. Until February 2008, the slot included the programme News 24 Tonight. From 2013, she has presented from 11am and 2pm on the channel, also between Monday and Thursday. Gosling can also occasionally be seen presenting the Saturday evening and late bulletins of BBC Weekend News on BBC One,[7] which she has done since 2008. She is also occasionally seen on BBC One presenting news specials.[8]

In April 2010 Gosling was at Heathrow Airport reporting on the events surrounding the air travel disruption following the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull which forced the closure of airspace throughout much of northern Europe.[9] In May 2010 she was seen reporting from Westminster in the aftermath of the 2010 general election as Labour and the Conservatives tried to negotiate a deal with the Liberal Democrats to form a coalition government,[10] and on 11 May broke the news that Gordon Brown would resign as Prime Minister.

She presented analysis of the televised economic debate following that programme on 23 June 2010 alongside Nicholas Owen, the programme being a response to the previous day's emergency budget,[11] and in August interviewed the jazz singer Jamie Cullum as he prepared to give a concert as part of the 2010 Proms at London's Royal Albert Hall.[12] In December 2010 she spoke to Matt Cardle, the winner of the seventh series of The X Factor, which had been announced the previous evening.[13] On 29 April 2011 she was part of the BBC team which presented coverage of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.[14]

In 2008 a clip involving Gosling was included in a list of five "corpsing" on air moments by Julian Worricker.[15]

She is briefly seen in the 2005 television film Supervolcano presenting a fictional breaking news item about an eruption of the volcanic caldera of Yellowstone National Park.[16]

Her first book, Simply Wonderwoman: A survival guide for women with too much to do, was published in October 2011 by Kyle Books. It is a how-to guide for busy working women with children.[17] The book was serialised in the Daily Mail.[18] Her second, Homemade Simple: Stylish, Practical Makes for Living and Giving was published in September 2013.[19][20] The book features a series of projects for making things for the home.[21]

Personal life

In September 2009 she was one of several BBC newsreaders to take part in a charity fundraiser in aid of Leonard Cheshire Disability and the Helen & Douglas House hospices. Gosling, Arlene Philips. They lost out to a team from ITV News who performed songs from Grease.[22] For the 2010 contest in September 2010 she joined Jeremy Vine, Ben Brown and Naga Munchetty to perform a rendition of The Human League's Don't You Want Me?.[23][24]

Joanna Gosling is married to Craig Oliver, the Director of Communications for 10 Downing Street.[25] The couple have three children.[26] Oliver is a one time head of network programming at ITV News,[27] and former editor in chief of the BBC Six O'Clock and Ten O'Clock News. In May 2009 Oliver was appointed as the new deputy head of the corporation's multimedia newsroom, replacing Mary Hockaday, who had been promoted the previous month to be the new head of the operation that oversees all BBC News output.[28] Oliver was appointed Controller of English, BBC Global News in April 2010, with responsibility for multiplatform commissioning of all BBC Global News English output.[29] He took up this role after editing the BBC's 2010 general election coverage.[30] He was appointed to the position of David Cameron's Director of Communications in February 2011 following the resignation of his predecessor, Andy Coulson,[31] taking up the position at the end of that month.[32]

Joanna Gosling lives in west London with her husband and children in a house they purchased in 2004 from the sports presenter Mark Pougatch.[33] In July 2010 she appeared at the Chiswick Summer Fair where she swapped her role as a news presenter for that of a sports commentator to oversee the Fair's tug of war contest.[34] Her hobbies include yoga, running, film and cooking.[4]

Business interests

She is director of Paya Ltd, a company she founded along with her husband in 2005. Oliver has served as company secretary, but declared his intention to relinquish that role on taking up his position at Downing Street.[33]


Year Title Role Notes
Unknown Central News Reporter/presenter
Unknown Sky News Reporter
1999–present BBC News Channel Presenter
2003 BBC News Special: Oscar Nominations Presenter
2005 Supervolcano Herself Briefly seen reading a fictional news item about a volcanic eruption at Yellowstone National Park
2006 BBC Breakfast Presenter
2007 Diana: 10 Years On[35] Presenter News archive programme marking the 10th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales
2007–2008 News 24 Tonight Presenter
2008–present BBC Weekend News Presenter Presents Saturday's early evening and late bulletins on BBC One on rota with other newsreaders
2010 Britain's Economy: Cameron and Clegg Face the Audience Presenter Presented post-debate analysis with Nicholas Owen


  • Simply Wonderwoman: A survival guide for women with too much to do: Kyle Books (2011): ISBN 0-85783-058-9
  • Homemade Simple: Stylish, Practical Makes for Living and Giving: Kyle Books (2013): ISBN 0-85783-100-3


  1. ^ a b c Gordon, Jane (8 October 2011). "Interiors special: The busy woman's guide to everything". Mail Online (Associated Newspapers Ltd). Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Watt, Nicholas; Robinson, James (2 February 2011). "BBC editor Craig Oliver replaces Andy Coulson as No 10 communications chief". The Guardian (Guardian Media Group). Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Interview: Joanna Gosling, writer and broadcaster". The Scotsman (Johnstone Press). 6 December 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Profile of Joanna Gosling". BBC Newswatch (BBC). 14 July 2006. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  5. ^ Sherwin, Adam (27 September 2005). "Personality clash drives newsman from BBC". London: Times Online. Retrieved 29 May 2009. 
  6. ^ Welsh, James (11 September 2002). "News channels show special programmes". Digital Spy (Hachette Filipacchi (UK) Ltd). Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "BBC News presenters: BBC One Weekend Bulletins". BBC Online. BBC. 17 April 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  8. ^ "BBC News presenters: BBC News Channel - Main presenters". BBC Online. BBC. 15 August 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  9. ^ Gosling, Joanna (21 April 2010). "First transatlantic flight reaches UK after ash ban lifted". BBC News (BBC). Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  10. ^ Gosling, Joanna (10 May 2010). "What role for ministers?". BBC News (BBC). Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  11. ^ "Britain's Economy: Cameron and Clegg Face the Audience". BBC. 23 June 2010. 
  12. ^ Gosling, Joanna (26 August 2010). "Jamie Cullum on playing the BBC Proms". BBC News (BBC). Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  13. ^ Gosling, Joanna (13 December 2010). "'"Matt Cardle: 'It feels strange to win X Factor. BBC News (BBC). Retrieved 13 December 2010. 
  14. ^ Gosling, Joanna (29 April 2011). "Royal wedding: First glimpse of the evening dress". BBC News (BBC). Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  15. ^ "Five corpsing on air moments". Channel 4 News (Channel 4). 28 March 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  16. ^ "Supervolcano". BBC. 13 March 2005. 
  17. ^ "Simply Wonderwoman: A survival guide for women with too much to do". Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  18. ^ Johnson, Rachel. "Wonderwoman Lives Here". The Lady. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  19. ^ "Homemade Simple: Stylish, Practical Makes for Living and Giving". Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  20. ^ Gosling, Joanna (8 September 2013). "Here's a crafty idea". The Mail on Sunday (Daily Mail and General Trust). Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  21. ^ "Crafty ways to a calm home". Express & Star (Midland News Association). 19 September 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  22. ^ Simpson, Richard (25 September 2009). "Fiona Bruce as a cowgirl and Jon Snow as a hippy: Newsreaders as you've never seen them before". Daily Mail. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  23. ^ "Newsrooms battle it out on stage in charity talent show". Leonard Cheshire Disability. 17 September 2010. Retrieved 17 September 2010. 
  24. ^ "See TV news stars in Newsroom's Got Talent". The Guardian (Guardian Media Group). 17 September 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  25. ^ "Profile: Craig Oliver". BBE News (BBC). 2 February 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  26. ^ Chapman, James (3 February 2011). "BBC journalist appointed as Cameron’s new communications chief after Andy Coulson’s departure". Mail Online (Associated Newspapers Ltd). Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  27. ^ "Media Diary". The Observer. 19 February 2006. Retrieved 29 May 2009. 
  28. ^ Lutt, Oliver (20 May 2009). "Craig Oliver made deputy head of BBC multimedia newsroom". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 July 2009. 
  29. ^ "BBC Global News announces three senior management appointments". BBC Press Office (BBC). 30 April 2010. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  30. ^ Sweney, Mark (6 May 2010). "Kevin Bakhurst named deputy head of BBC Newsroom". The Guardian (Guardian Media Group). Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  31. ^ "BBC's Craig Oliver replacing Andy Coulson at No 10". BBC News (BBC). 2 February 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  32. ^ "It's spin doctor Dre! Cameron's new press chief arrives at Downing Street with trendy bag and hip-hop headphones". Mail Online (Associated Newspapers Ltd). 28 February 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2011. 
  33. ^ a b Lewis, Jason (5 February 2011). "David Cameron's new spin doctor and his tax avoidance plan". Telegraph Online (Telegraph Media Group). Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  34. ^ "Joanna Gosling to swap news desk for sports commentary". Neighbour Net. 1 July 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  35. ^ "Diana: 10 Years On". BBC News. BBC. 31 August 2007. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 

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