He joined Countryfile in 1989 after many years fronting and editing John Craven's Newsround, which made him a household name. John recently took part in a hugely popular Swap Shop reunion show for BBC2, teaming up with the original line up of Noel, Keith and Maggie.
John also presents BBC2's Castle In The Country from various stately homes across the UK including, Glamis and Bute in Scotland and Yorkshire, with Nicky Chapman. Prior to this they also hosted Live From Chatsworth for BBC1, both were highly successful in the ratings. He was also presented and was the voice behind Country Cops for BBC 2.
In the Millennium Honours, John was awarded the OBE for services to broadcasting. In 1996, the Royal Television Society appointed him a member of its exclusive Hall of Fame in recognition of an outstanding contribution to British television.
Born in Leeds, John started his journalistic career on local newspapers and joined the BBC as a newswriter in Newcastle upon Tyne, later moving to Bristol as a reporter with regional television. In 1971 he made his debut as a network television presenter on the current affairs programme Search.
The following year came the launch of Newsround, the first television news programme in the world to report directly to children - although also watched by millions of adults! John stayed for more than 3,000 editions, spending 17 years with the programme, becoming its editor and filming special reports in more than 40 countries. British children once voted him among their 100 All-Time Greats! For 10 years he was also one of the presenters on Saturday morning television.
For Countryfile, John travels thousands of miles a year around the UK and mainland Europe. Like Newsround it is a groundbreaking programme, the only one of its kind on network television. From exclusive reports on major concerns to items that reflect the character and beauty of rural Britain, Countryfile is a weekly 'must' for many viewers.
Every Christmas John presents a wildlife special on BBC1's Animal Sanctuary from locations such as Australia, Africa, US, Mauritius and Chile. In March 2000 he was handed the big red book by Michael Aspel on This is Your Life. John's great passion for antiques made it a joy whilst presenting Craven's Collectables for Anglia TV.
When not broadcasting, John is busy with corporate work, writing, speaking engagements and personal appearances. During his career John and his programmes have won many awards, including two BAFTAs and the TV Times Awards. He is married with two daughters and lives in North Oxfordshire.