Rebecca Jones is a highly experienced broadcast journalist and accomplished host and moderator.
Rebecca went freelance in 2023 after nearly 30 years at the BBC where she held a number of national and international roles. She was a Chief News Presenter on BBC1, BBC2, BBC World and the BBC News Channel. She anchored coverage of some of the biggest national and international news stories of recent years including the Queen’s death, live from Buckingham Palace, general elections, the war in Ukraine and the London Bridge terror attack. She has presented Newswatch, the viewer feedback programme on BBC1, the television books programmes Meet the Author and Talking Books as well as Radio 4’s PM.
As the BBC’s arts correspondent for more than two decades, she has extensive experience covering arts and culture from the red carpet at the Oscars to presenting the BBC’s live coverage of the Booker prize, and interviewing leading figures from Sir Paul McCartney to Tom Hanks, Viola Davis to Bill Clinton, Dua Lipa and Martin Scorsese. She was responsible for delivering arts coverage across radio, television and the BBC website, the largest news website in the English language.
She has judged arts awards including Museum of the Year, the Costa Book Awards and the British Book Awards. She also has non-executive director experience with cultural organisations including as Director, Birmingham Royal Ballet and as Trustee, Henry Barber Trust, part of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts at University of Birmingham.
Rebecca has chaired events and conferences for a variety of clients including the Royal Opera House, the Old Vic, the National Theatre, RSC, Glyndebourne, the Cheltenham and Hay Literature Festivals, Christie’s, Somerville College, Oxford, the Sharjah International Book Fair, The Considered Ask charity and the launch of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. She hosted the first episode of the Pearl Lam podcast, an on-stage event with Tom Hanks, chaired a YouTube conversation with James Norton and the rest of the cast of the hit West End play, A Little Life and provided the voice-over for the London Symphony Orchestra annual review film.
She began her career as a graduate news trainee at the BBC, before becoming main TV news anchor at Anglia News, based in Norwich. A founder member of BBC News 24 and one of its first female reporters, she later worked for the BBC as Midlands correspondent, based in Birmingham and a foreign correspondent, based in Berlin.