Ros Atkins

Ros Atkins

For the English football goalkeeper see Ross Atkins
Ros Atkins
Born Cornwall, England,
United Kingdom
Occupation Journalist
Notable credit(s) World: Have Your Say
Global (programme)
Outside Source

Ros Atkins (born Cornwall, England) is a BBC host and presenter of the BBC World Service World Have Your Say programme.[1]

Early life

Atkins has lived in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and Nassau, Bahamas, while growing up.[2] He also spent time in Johannesburg, South Africa, after finishing his studies.[3]

Atkins began his career as a music DJ in Brixton, London[2] and worked for British Airways in-flight radio before joining the BBC.[2]

Broadcasting career

Atkins started at the BBC as a producer in 2001.[4][5][3] His first job was on the Simon Mayo programme on BBC Radio 5 Live.[3]

Atkins has presented World Have Your Say on the BBC World Service since it began.[3] He has also presented The World Today and The Ticket on the World Service and Up All Night on Radio 5 Live.[3]

In May 2012 he presented an edition of BBC World News from Land's End, Cornwall, to mark the arrival of the Olympic torch in the UK prior to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[6] He also reported on the Olympics torch relay for BBC News.[7][8]

Since February 2014, he has also presented the BBC World Service program Outside Source, which airs at 18:00 hours GMT (Monday to Thursday) on the BBC World channel, and is a sister program to the radio program of the same name that airs in the morning. The show is noted for its innovative use of a touchscreen to illustrate breaking news stories.


  1. ^ Harriet Howard Heithaus Global call-in show airs from WGCU Naples News, 21 January 2009
  2. ^ a b c "Ros Atkins". BBC World Service. March 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Meet the team: Ros Atkins". BBC World Service. 10 December 2005. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Ros Atkins". BBC World Service. March 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Terry Wilson Ros Atkins Extreme World Vignette, 12 May 2011
  6. ^ Behind the scenes at Land's End YouTube, 18 May 2012
  7. ^ London 2012: UK prepares for Olympic flame arrival BBC News, 18 May 2012
  8. ^ Olympic Torch Relay - Land's End to Plymouth BBC News, 19 May 2012