Huw Edwards is a journalist, presenter, and newsreader, best known for his role as lead presenter for the BBC News. Edwards presents Britain’s most watched news programme, BBC News at Ten and has also presented the earlier show Six O’Clock News. Formerly Chief Political Correspondent for the BBC News, he spent more than 14 years reporting politics from Westminster across a range of BBC programmes. He is one of the most recognisable faces on British TV.
Born in Bridgend, Glamorgan in Wales and was brought up in Llangennech, Edwards went on to graduate with a first-class honours degree in French from University College Cardiff in 1983. After finishing his degree, he spent a short time at a commercial radio station called Swansea Sound, then joined the BBC as a news trainee in 1984 and became Parliamentary Correspondent for BBC Wales in 1986. In January 2003, Edwards became the main presenter of the Ten O’Clock News on BBC One.
Not only has Edwards presented the main news programmes on the BBC, but he has also presented various special programmes alongside David Dimbleby, such as the Festival of Remembrance, Trooping the Colour, and the State Opening of Parliament. He led the BBC documentary for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2012 London Olympics and 2014 Commonwealth Games. He also presented several election specials, including BBC Wales coverage of the National Assembly for Wales election in 2007, and the BBC coverage of the United States Election results in 2008, and the inauguration of Barack Obama. Edwards and Dimbleby also covered the 2015 general election and 2016 EU referendum on the BBC. In December 2013, he led the first couple of hours on the BBC coverage of the death of Nelson Mandela on BBC One, BBC News and BBC World News.
In May 2018 he presented the BBC coverage of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and previously presented the coverage of the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in April 2011. The BBC coverage of Prince William and Catherine’s wedding was watched by a staggering 20 million viewers in the UK, and the team won Best Coverage of a Live Event at the BAFTAs for their broadcasting of the event. Furthermore, in June 2012, he presented the BBC coverage of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Moreover, Edwards has also presented or contributed to a range of other BBC News programmes, including the Breakfast News, One O'Clock News, Newsnight and Panorama. In 2006, the BBC established a new programme on the 24-hour channel BBC News called BBC News at Five, which Edwards was asked to present. Predominately a news journalist and presenter, however Edwards has also had the opportunity to present on the radio, various television documentaries, and hosted numerous events such as the BAFTA Cymru award ceremonies.