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Tim Willcox

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Timothy Melton "Tim" Willcox born 28 May 1963 in Wellington, Somerset is a British journalist for BBC News He generally presents news programmes on BBC World News He is usually a relief presenter and he is probably most recognisable for presenting the BBC's live coverage from Chile during events surrounding the Copiapó mining accident and anchoring the BBC's live daytime coverage during the early days of the Cairo January 2011 Egyptian revolution


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
    • 21 Other work
  • 3 Allegations of antisemitism
  • 4 Personal life
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Early life

Willcox was educated at Taunton School, an independent school in Somerset, and St Chad's College, Durham University where he studied Spanish Wilcox was a member of the British Youth Orchestra, playing the trumpet


Willcox started in newspaper journalism, working for Mirror Group Newspapers and Fleet Street News Agency

As a broadcast journalist, Willcox worked for ITN News for many years as a presenter and correspondent He was the network's Arts and Media Correspondent, and after joining the news team presented the networks live reports from New York City during the 11 September terrorist attacks

Since joining the BBC, Willcox has been an anchor on the BBC's news channels and used to present bulletins at weekends on BBC One He served as regular Friday presenter on World News Today on BBC Four, BBC World News and the BBC News Channel

In September 2010, Willcox travelled to Chile to report for BBC News on the attempts to rescue the miners trapped underground after the Copiapó mining accident In October 2010 he did extensive live coverage of the operation to bring the trapped miners back to the surface, and interviewed Chilean President Sebastián Piñera He is to play himself in a film about the Copiapó mining accident and began filming in February 2014

In March 2011, Willcox played a significant role in reporting the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, reporting live for the BBC from the disaster zone and then just a few weeks later reporting from Libya on the 2011 Libyan civil war

Other work

Willcox has written, produced and presented a number of documentaries for Channel 4 and Channel 5 And the news for the bbc These include;

  • Paul Burrell – The Butler's Story
  • Di's Guys
  • The Spencers
  • After Diana – Remaking the Royals
  • Diana: Her Life BBC world news America with tim willcox

In addition to his work as a journalist, Willcox has made cameo acting appearances in a number of television dramas and films These include roles in Sex Traffic, State of Play, Jonathan Creek, 102 Dalmatians, The 33, Clueless and the BAFTA winning documentary How to Start a Revolution

Allegations of antisemitism

Willcox has twice been accused of antisemitism for his on-air comments

On 8 November 2014, Willcox stated that the Labour Party would lose funding from Jewish sources because "a lot of these prominent Jewish faces will be very much against the mansion tax" The tax refers to a Labour proposal for an additional tax on properties worth $35 million or more

At a unity rally on 11 January 2015 after 17 people were killed in terrorist attacks in Paris, many of them Jews, Willcox, while interviewing a Jewish woman who was explaining that Jews live in fear in France, interrupted her saying that "Many, many, many, many critics though, of Israel’s policy would suggest that the Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well" This question was criticised by many including historian and BBC presenter Simon Schama, Jewish Chronicle editor Stephen Pollard and the Campaign Against Antisemitism as antisemitic for assigning collective responsibility of Israel's actions to all Jews The woman was later identified as the daughter of Holocaust survivors Willcox apologised the next day on Twitter, saying his question had been "poorly phrased"

Personal life

Willcox was married to Sarah, and the couple had three children together In November 2012, it was widely reported that Willcox was having an affair with BBC colleague Sophie Long In January 2015 it was reported that Wilcox was in a relationship with Tessa Hardy and was no longer involved with Sophie Long

He has lived in the village of Wootton, West Oxfordshire, also known as Wootton by Woodstock, near the River Glyme


  1. ^ Lydall, Ross 14 October 2010 "BBC's £100,000 on Chile rescue leaves it short to cover G20" London Evening Standard Retrieved 19 May 2013 
  2. ^ Hutchison, Tom 20 April 2010 "Volcanic ash cloud travel chaos: Brit spends £8,000 on getting his family home" Daily Star Northern and Shell Retrieved 19 May 2013 
  3. ^ a b c d e Profile – Tim Willcox Newswatch, BBC News, 7 July 2006
  4. ^ The camp that has sprung up above trapped Chile miners BBC News, 25 September 2010
  5. ^ "All 33 Chilean miners rescued" Washington Post 14 October 2010 Retrieved 14 October 2010 
  6. ^ Willcox, Tim 16 March 2011 "Designing buildings to survive natural disasters" BBC News Retrieved 2 April 2011 
  7. ^ "BBC Panel Discussion of Wealthy Jews Ripped Over Anti-Semitic Stereotypes" Algemeiner 
  8. ^ a b Selby, Jenn 12 January 2015 "Tim Willcox apologises to daughter of Holocaust survivor at Paris rally for saying 'Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well'" The Independent 
  9. ^ Bernstein, David 12 January 2015 "The BBC's Tim Willcox projects the last two hundred years of European anti-Jewish ideology on an elderly French woman" The Washington Post 
  10. ^ Wilson, Tom 12 January 2015 "BBC Reporter Blames Jews for European Anti-Semitism" Commentary 
  11. ^ Crossley, Lucy 12 January 2015 "BBC reporter faces calls to resign after he tells daughter of Holocaust survivors after Paris attacks: 'Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well'" Daily Mail 
  12. ^ GREENHILLS, DOLAN A and SALKELDL 26 November 2012 "Husband of married BBC star Sophie Long 'devastated' after she dumps him for newsreader Tim Willcox who's a married father of four" Mail Online Retrieved 16082013
  13. ^ "Husband of newsreader 'devastated' after she dumps him for co-presenter" Telegraph Online 27 November 2012 Retrieved 16 August 2013
  14. ^ Davies, Barbara 1 December 2012 "Pictured on her wedding day: Sophie Long, her BBC lover and his unsuspecting wife" Nigeria News Retrieved 16 August 2013
  15. ^ Boyle, Simon 2012, "BBC current affair: Bosses tell news presenter lovers 'not to appear on screen together'", Mirror Online, retrieved 2013-08-16 
  16. ^ "Sophie Long keeps up the low profile on Tim Willcox affair", Standard Online, 2012, retrieved 2013-08-16 
  17. ^ "Sophie Long keeps up the low profile on Tim Willcox affair", Daily Mail, 2015 
  18. ^ Village Hall Talks

External links

  • Tim Willcox on IMDb

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