BBC releases archive footage of famous news presenters for more than half a century, dating back to 1962

They are some of the most famous names in broadcasting.

Some have propelled the country into its biggest moments, others have subjected politicians to intense questioning, or put forward much-talked-about programs.

but now, BBC has revealed the relatively humble beginnings of some of its biggest stars.

Among the thousands of clips on the new website bbc rewind There are early news reports run by some of the most famous names on television.

While some faces can be recognized immediately, others can be hard to recognize.

But now, the BBC has revealed the relatively humble beginnings of some of its biggest stars

They are some of the most famous names in broadcasting. Some have propelled the country into its biggest moments, others have subjected politicians to intense questioning, or put forward much-talked-about programs. But now, the BBC has revealed the relatively humble beginnings of some of its biggest stars

A 1962 clip shows Question Time veteran David Dimbleby, now 82, reporting on local sentiment regarding the arrival of Butlin’s holiday camp in Minehead, Somerset.

Looking gentle in a suit and tie, the then 23-year-old is seen wandering around Minehead as he meets the history of the town and the resort of Butlin.

Mr Dimbleby commented on the division of Butlin’s holiday camp arrival: ‘This is the story of a town that thinks it is going down in the world.

‘The gays of the ’20s get their income from polo and hunting, retired colonels and a handful of maharajas, but now, in the 1960s, it’s getting ready to welcome hoardings of holiday campers.’

Later in the report, he added: ‘Butlin, with its decorations in pink and blue, purple and pew and tangerine, its plastic parrot swinging among the flowers of the forest will change Minehead forever.

Quiet days are numbered. Soon the canned music will be on and life will become brighter and quieter and more joyful.

Angela Ripon, now 77, is seen as a 22-year-old newcomer venture into a cave network in Buckfastley, Devon in October 1967.

Angela Ripon, now 77, is seen as a 22-year-old newcomer venture into a cave network in Buckfastley, Devon in October 1967.

Meanwhile, a familiar face on newsnight and other political events, 67-year-old Kirsty Wark is seen talking about opening a diving museum in Weymouth, Dorset in 1988 at the age of 33.

Meanwhile, Kirsty Wark, 67, a well-known face on Newsnight and other political events, is talking about the opening of a diving museum in Weymouth, Dorset in 1988 at the age of 33.

Former BBC star Andrew Neill, 73, who helped launch GB News last year, is seen in a 1976 clip reporting from the former shipyard in Clydebank, Scotland.

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Former BBC star Andrew Neill, 73, who helped launch GB News last year, appears in a 1976 clip reporting from the former shipyard in Clydebank, Scotland. Fiona Bruce, 58, who replaced Mr Dimbleby in the Question Time hotseat in 2019, is seen presenting a news report in 1999, ten years after the start of her TV career.

‘And Minehead has to learn to live with it. To accept its new obscenity as its price for the stream of visitors coming out of the camp for tea and souvenirs.’

While the resort of Minehead Butlin still stands today, along with many others across the country, Mr Dimbleby has retired from regular broadcasts but is still serving thanks to important national occasions such as the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee last month. provide commentary.

Former Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman starred in the Northern Ireland show Scene Around Six early in his career.

He is seen in a 1975 clip wearing a colorful patterned tie, aged 25, as he reports an armed robbery.

Mr Paxman’s 1975 report described a bank robbery in which a branch manager’s family was taken hostage by a gun-wielding gang.

While he had not yet made a name for himself as Newsnight’s no-nonsense frontman, the presenter’s trademark traits—including his rocky expression and folded hands—were on display.

Former BBC star Andrew Neill, 73, who helped launch GB News last year, appears in a 1976 clip reporting from the former shipyard in Clydebank, Scotland.

Dressed in a suit jacket, black polo neck and flare, the then 26-year-old edited the Sunday Times for more than a decade from 1983 before becoming one of the BBC’s biggest names.

Mr Neal’s report detailed how the American firm Marathon Manufacturing Company was building the oil rig at the former shipyard in Clydebank.

Angela Ripon, now 77, appears as the 22-year-old newcomer in a report where she ventures into a cave network in Buckfastley, Devon, in October 1967.

Ms Rippon, who was one of Top Gear’s first presenters and pioneered Strictly Come Dancing, is seen crawling through narrow passageways and watching stalactites and bats.

Former BBC Radio 4 Today program presenter John Humphries, now 78, described in 1968 how the Isle of Man was issuing its own passports.

The then 24-year-old is seen holding one of the passports before talking to the locals.

Former BBC Radio 4 Today program presenter John Humphries, now 78, described in 1968 how the Isle of Man was issuing its own passports.  The then 24-year-old is seen holding one of the passports before talking to the locals

Jeremy Wines, 57, who hosts his popular show on BBC Radio 2, is seen in a 1988 clip presented from a hospital in Belfast.  At only 23 years old, the slim looking presenter wears a striped shirt and tie

Former BBC Radio 4 Today program presenter John Humphries, now 78, described in 1968 how the Isle of Man was issuing its own passports. The then 24-year-old is seen holding one of the passports before talking to the locals. Jeremy Wines, 57, who hosts his popular show on BBC Radio 2, is seen in a 1988 clip presented from a hospital in Belfast. At only 23 years old, the slim looking presenter wears a striped shirt and tie

Jeremy Wines, 57, who hosts his popular show on BBC Radio 2, is seen in a 1988 clip presented from a hospital in Belfast. At just 23 years old, the slim-looking presenter is wearing a striped shirt and tie.

Fiona Bruce, 58, who replaced Mr Dimbleby in the Question Time hotseat in 2019, is seen presenting a news report in 1999, ten years after the start of her TV career.

Speaking last week, James Stirling, executive editor of BBC 100, said of BBC Rewind: ‘As we celebrate 100 years of the BBC, we are opening up our unique and deeply valuable collection, which will be available in the country. an important part of the collective memory of

‘By breathing new life into stories that have been dormant for years, viewers will be able to discover recordings that can help us all discover who we are and where we are from.’

Meanwhile, 67-year-old Kirsty Wark, a familiar face on newsnight and other political events, was seen talking about opening a diving museum in Weymouth, Dorset in 1988 at the age of 33.

Speaking last week, James Stirling, executive editor of BBC 100, said of BBC Rewind: ‘As we celebrate 100 years of the BBC, we are opening up our unique and deeply valuable collection, which will be available in the country. an important part of the collective memory of

‘By breathing new life into stories that have been dormant for years, viewers will be able to discover recordings that can help us all discover who we are and where we are from.’

BBC Rewind’s new website is available here www.bbc.co.uk/rewind,