John Craven is arguably one of the UK’s best-loved broadcasters.
A local lad and a TV icon, John was born in Leeds and started his journalistic career as a junior reporter on the Harrogate Advertiser. After spells with the Yorkshire Post as well as national press, he joined the BBC and in 1972 launched the world’s first news bulletin which was accessible enough for children: Newsround. After more than 3,000 editions, John left in 1989 to present Countryfile where he has remained ever since, championing the countryside and investigating rural issues. After 40 years in television, John has been awarded an OBE for services to rural and children’s broadcasting.
Headline and Hedgerows is John’s first and only memoir, detailing the extraordinary and entertaining ups and downs of his long-lasting career.