My background is in political programmes – making daily news and current affairs for BBC Radio 4 for many years – with my last job there as producer, for the 1997 Election Night results programme for Radios 4 and 5.
When I moved to TV in 1997, I became a chief reporter, as the BBC’s special correspondent for the BBC News at Six and then moved to anchoring BBC1 News bulletins for sixteen years.
I also hosted BBC Breakfast for 11 years, as well as many prime-time shows on BBC1. In 2012, I rejoined Radio 4 as co-presenter of Saturday Live and continued to present TV news bulletins, while also hosting BBC1 formats like Your Money Their Tricks and National Treasures Live. I’ve also guest hosted The Andrew Marr Show and Crimewatch.
In 2016 I moved to ITN/Channel 5 News to front its flagship evening news programme and am continuing to make BBC Radio 4 documentaries and programmes on the mind and brain. These include The Thought Chamber, How to Have a Better Brain (described by The Psychologist magazine as “touching and illuminating, a great listen”) and The Science of Resilience.
What People Say
“Modern newsreaders like Huw Edwards, George Alagiagh and Sian Williams have impeccable journalistic credentials. They wade through reams of wire copy and speak to correspondents themselves before writing cues, rather than reading out loud, stuff that’s been written for them.” Brian Viner, Independent
“Colleagues at the BBC testify to her grit and skill as a hard news journalist.” Daily Telegraph
“For the past decade, she has been the doyenne of the BBC’s popular Breakfast show… the show has doubled its audience since she joined.” Polly Dunbar, Daily Mail
Sian is available to host and chair corporate events
In the past she has hosted the UK Press Awards, the Royal Television Society Television Journalism Awards, the BBC/Mind Time To Change mental health awareness for journalism event, and countless others for organisations including John Lewis, BAFTA and the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
“Sian Williams did an amazing job of hosting the RTS Television Journalism Awards, with extreme warmth and professionalism she kept the audience with her until the end”. Jo Mitchell, Royal Television Society
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