Now living in Oxfordshire with his family, John Craven originally hails from Leeds, where he began his career as a junior reporter at the Harrogate Advertiser. After stints in local radio and television he hosted John Craven’s Newsround from 1972, also presenting shows such as Swap Shop. John has always considered himself to be a country person at heart and after leaving Newsround in 1989 he joined the Countryfile team. In July 2014 he celebrated his 25th anniversary on the show, and over the years he has covered many of the key issues facing the British countryside, including BSE, foot and mouth and the fox-hunting ban. In 2000 he was awarded an OBE for his services to rural and children's broadcasting and features in the RTS Hall of Fame. He and the rest of Gareth Malone's All Star Choir recently hit No1 with their BBC Children in Need single.