John Craven Books & Biography
John Craven was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire and started his journalistic career as a junior reporter on the Harrogate Advertiser. He first hit TV screens in his psychedelic shirts and jumpers presenting a children’s talk show called Search, in which enthusiastic youngsters aired their views. Then followed John Craven’s Newsround, the world’s first news bulletin for children, though millions of adults watched as well.
In 1989, Jon made the move away from children’s TV and began to present Countryfile, tackling rural and farming stories from foot-and-mouth disease to the ban on fox hunting. Still reporting from the countryside after 50 years in television, John has been awarded an OBE for services to rural and children’s broadcasting.
Matt Baker has been a presenter on Countryfile since 2009. He grew up, from the age of 10, on a farm in Country Durham. He has also been a presenter on Blue Peter and The One Show. He now lives in Buckinghamshire.