Tim Franks

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Tim Franks
Timothy Henry Franks

(1968-05-14) 14 May 1968 (age 50)
Nationality British
Education King Edward's School
Wadham College
Occupation Journalist, presenter
Years active 1989–present
Employer BBC News
Notable credit(s)
Children 3

Timothy Henry "Tim" Franks (born 14 May 1968) is a British journalist and radio presenter who presents Newshour, the flagship news and current affairs programme on BBC World Service radio. He also, from time to time, presents Hardtalk on BBC World News, and documentaries across BBC TV and radio. He was previously an award-winning foreign correspondent for the BBC.

Early and personal life

Franks was born in Moseley, Birmingham. He was educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham, and at Wadham College, Oxford University, where he graduated with a 2:1 (B.A.Hons) in Oriental Studies (Chinese). He is married, and has three children.

Early career

He joined the BBC in 1990, as a World Service Production Trainee, and spent five years as a producer, reporter and part-time presenter. In 1995, he was appointed World Service Political Reporter, based at Westminster, and then World Service Political Correspondent in 1997. He covered not just British politics but events in Northern Ireland, including the breakdown of the IRA ceasefire in 1996, civil disorder over the Parades in Northern Ireland, and the Good Friday Agreement. In 1999, he became a political correspondent for domestic BBC TV and radio, including a spell as the political correspondent for Today.[1] He also started presenting, from time to time, The World at One[2] and contributing to the arts pages of the New Statesman magazine.[3]

Foreign correspondent

In 2001, Franks became a BBC Foreign Correspondent. His first posting was to Washington, in the six months after the September 11 attacks.[4] In March 2002 he began a five-year tour of duty as Europe Correspondent, based in Brussels.[5] He reported from across Europe,[6][7] as well as from Iraq during the war of 2003.[8] In 2004, his training[9] for the London marathon coincided with a month spent in Baghdad.[10] He was also, during this time, used as an occasional presenter on the Today programme.[11] In 2007, he was appointed BBC Middle East Correspondent, based in Jerusalem.[12] He broadcast across the region, but with a particular focus on Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. His 2008 TV report about witnessing a deadly attack in Jerusalem[13] drew complaints from the public for its graphic nature.[14][15] In 2009, Franks won a Bayeux-Calvados Award for war correspondents for reporting[16][17] for his piece[18] on Dr Izzeldin Abuelaish, who lost three daughters in Israel's offensive during the Gaza War. Through his three and a half years in the region, Franks kept a diary, which the BBC regularly published.[19][20] His valedictory From Our Own Correspondent,[21] which dealt with the relationship between his Judaism and his journalism, garnered wide attention.[22][23]


In 2010, he returned to London, to take up a role as BBC Sports Correspondent – a position he combined with occasional presenting on Newshour[24] on BBC World Service, Hardtalk[25] on BBC World News, and radio documentaries.[26] In December 2012, his reports for Newshour on the activities of the Greek far right made headlines in Greece.[27]

Presenter, Newshour

In May 2013, he joined Newshour full-time, as the main evening presenter. He continues to present Hardtalk from time to time,[28] along with documentaries on TV and radio.[29][30] In November 2013, Franks secured the first broadcast interview,[31][32] ten months earlier than Oprah Winfrey, with the former cyclist Lance Armstrong since Armstrong's confession that he had used performance-enhancing drugs.


  1. ^ Peter Golding and David Deacon (21 May 2001). "Quick jab injects life into campaign | Politics". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  2. ^ Aaronovitch, David (21 July 2000). "Even if things were getting better, how would we know? – Commentators – Voices". London: The Independent. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  3. ^ "A master of thoughtfulness". Newstatesman.com. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Radio4 – Today/Anthrax in Washington". BBC. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Europe | Reporter's diary: EU summit". BBC News. 13 December 2003. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  6. ^ Franks, Tim (1 November 2002). "Europe | Italian recovery teams battle on". BBC News. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  7. ^ Franks, Tim (29 April 2006). "Programmes | From Our Own Correspondent | Letters of WWI rifleman No 3448". BBC News. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  8. ^ "British Journalism Review Vol. 14, No. 2, 2003 – Not war reporting – just reporting". Bjr.org.uk. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  9. ^ Lucy Atkins (3 November 2005). "What you eat | Life and style". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  10. ^ ""BBC's Baghdad Marathon Man; TV Man Training for the Big Race Finds Two Good Reasons to Go Faster – Bullets and Bombs" – The Mail on Sunday (London, England), April 18, 2004 | Questia, Your Online Research Library". Questia.com. 18 April 2004. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  11. ^ "BBC Radio 4 – Today – About Today". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  12. ^ https://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/tim-franks-is-he-really-biased-against-ubothu-sides-in-the-middle-east-1996200.html
  13. ^ "Middle East | Jerusalem bulldozer attack". BBC News. 2 July 2008. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  14. ^ Paul Revoir (3 July 2008). "Angry viewers blast BBC for showing graphic footage of a Palestinian man being shot dead | Mail Online". London: Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  15. ^ "Entertainment | BBC 'was wrong' to show shooting". BBC News. 4 July 2008. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  16. ^ "Prize-winners of the Bayeux-Calvados award since 1994 –". Prixbayeux.org. Archived from the original on 9 July 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  17. ^ "Press Office – BBC News wins Bayeux Awards". BBC. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  18. ^ "BBC News – Losing family to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict". Bbc.co.uk. 22 June 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  19. ^ Franks, Tim (14 April 2008). "Middle East | Jerusalem Diary: Monday 14 April". BBC News. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  20. ^ Franks, Tim (24 June 2010). "BBC News – Jerusalem diary: Farewell, l'hitraot, wa masalaam". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  21. ^ "Remaining impartial in the Middle East". BBC News. 10 June 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  22. ^ "Tim Franks: Is he really biased against both sides in the Middle East? – Profiles – People". London: The Independent. 10 June 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  23. ^ Greenslade, Roy (11 June 2010). "Roy Greenslade: BBC reporter on being 'a Jew and a journalist' | Media | guardian.co.uk". London: Guardian. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  24. ^ Newshour
  25. ^ "Hardtalk – Chertoff: Rendition was 'more efficacious' for CIA". BBC News. 14 September 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  26. ^ "BBC Radio 4 – Crossing Continents, The Angola 2". Bbc.co.uk. 9 April 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  27. ^ "BBC report links Golden Dawn to attack on SYRIZA MP". ekathimerini.com. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  28. ^ "Michael Sandel: I want politics to be about big things". BBC News. 14 May 2013.
  29. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01sczkt
  30. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01sdnkq
  31. ^ https://soundcloud.com/bbc-world-service/newshour-lance-armstrong
  32. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/24893598

External links

  • Tim Franks on IMDb
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