BBC News Presenter
Martine Croxall is a presenter with the BBC News and BBC World News TV channels, based at New Broadcasting House. She is one of the two main hosts of The Papers, a popular nightly review of the front pages.
She joined BBC News in May 2001 and has covered every major news story in that time, broadcasting from London and Washington DC.
Martine is an accomplished interviewer, who places great importance on thorough research. She excels at breaking news when stories are moving quickly, drawing on her knowledge of current affairs and on years spent presenting live TV.
She was on air when the terror attacks took place in Paris. Former CBS News bureau chief David Henderson wrote that Martine:
“brought level-headed clarity to the attacks and horror in Paris with an understated, professional style that was a reflection, I believe, of television’s great news anchors, like Walter Cronkite, Peter Jennings, and Dan Rather. As BBC’s massive global series of networks – largest in the world – were harnessed together, Ms. Croxall calmly yet credibly informed us from BBC studios in London of the fast-developing events in Paris.
She was live to a global television audience of millions … nonstop, for two and a half hours. Her demeanor was extraordinary, free of the drama, showbiz hype and tawdry behavior we endure from many television newscasters in America. It’s been decades since I’ve witnessed such a high level of journalistic professionalism. Downright exciting.”
She began her broadcasting career in BBC local radio and regional TV where she worked in various roles, including as a producer, reporter, presenter and news editor.
Martine has a keen interest in sustainability and environmental matters. She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and regular hosts their
“Discovering People” interview series staged live in central London. Recent guests include the Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, scientist Professor Jonathan Drori and wildlife cameraman James Aldred.
Martine is in demand for her moderating skills: She hosts events and chairs panel discussions for literary festivals and organisations such as the Employee Ownership Association, SEDEX and the European Parliament.
She trains new TV presenters for the BBC’s Academy, teaching journalists how to develop their own style that will engage the audience. She also coaches clients from the public and private sectors in presentation and communications skills, offering bespoke tutoring to groups and
Martine grew up in rural Leicestershire, went to school in Coventry and read geography at the University of Leeds. She has two teenaged children.
When time permits, she takes tap and Lindy Hop classes. Since adopting a rescue dog, Bo, she can often be seen meandering the highways and byways of Hertfordshire.