Sian Williams

Sian Williams

Author, Journalist

Sian Williams is a journalist, broadcaster and writer, with a background in psychology.

For more than thirty years, she has worked in daily broadcast news – as a reporter, producer and anchor of some of the BBC’s biggest shows. She is the main anchor on ITN/C5 ‘5 News’ and continuing to make network television and radio shows for the BBC, too.

She is also passionate about learning how our brains work and whether they can be re-wired, especially after a period of adversity or trauma.

Sian has an MSc in Psychology (Distinction), is a trained trauma assessor and has made two Radio 4 series on the mind and the brain, ‘The Thought Chamber’ and ‘How to Build a Better Brain’. The latter was described by The Psychologist magazine as ‘touching and illuminating, a great listen’.

The latest, a R4 documentary on ‘The Science of Resilience’ airs soon.

Her book ‘Rise: Surviving and Thriving after Trauma’ is out at the beginning of June. It’s a personal story of how we can rebuild after a traumatic event shatters our life. It’s illustrated by testimony (including her own) and backed up by science.

What the Papers Say:

“Colleagues at the BBC testify to her grit and skill as a hard news journalist”   Daily Telegraph

“Sian is… valued as a political interviewer” Daily Mail.

“Gordon Brown didn’t expect to be grilled by Sian Williams on his untrue claim that he has lowered that national debt, Sian challenged him, rightly” Fraser Nelson, Spectator

“Modern BBC newsreaders like Huw Edwards, George Alagiagh and Sian Williams have impeccable journalistic credentials. They wade through reams of wire copy and speak to correspondents themselves before writing cues, rather than reading out loud, stuff that’s been written for them” Brian Viner, Independent

“Sad news indeed that the wonderful Sian Williams is quitting BBC Breakfast when the programme moves North, despite pulling double the audience of its rival Daybreak” Amanda Platell, Daily Mail

“The Queen of the Breakfast Sofa” Peter Preston, Observer

“Breakfast TV’s answer to Anna Wintour..her controlled sass is as much a part (of the programme) as the red sofa or the Breakfast logo” Imogen Fox, Guardian

“The departure of popular Sian will be a huge blow to BBC bosses..she and Bill Turnbull have an army of fans” Daily Mirror

“For the past decade, she has been the doyenne of the BBC’s popular Breakfast show… the show has doubled its audience since she joined” Polly Dunbar, Daily Mail

Career to date:

1985 – 1990: BBC trainee reporter. BBC Radio Merseyside, Liverpool. Covered stories like the demise of Militant tendency and the Hillsborough disaster.

Jan – June 1990: Regional Journalist, North West Tonight, Manchester.

July 1990 – July 1997: Editor of the Day. Radio 4 The World at One and PM.

1990 – 1997: Editor R4 Specials. Budgets, Local and European Election coverage. 1992, special programme following the then Governor of Arkansas, Bill Clinton, as he launched his campaign to be US President. Also live programmes on the release of Beirut hostages and the Moscow riots as Yeltsin stormed Parliament. During the Bosnian peace talks, secured an exclusive interview with Radovan Karadic, the Bosnian Serb war criminal.

May 1997: Studio producer, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5, General Election programme.

June 1997: Editor. BBC News 24 (now the BBC News channel).

Nov 1997 – July 1999: Presenter 1600-1900 BBC News 24.

1999 – 2001: Special Correspondent, BBC Six O’Clock News.

2000: Presenter, BBC1 Millennium Programme.

2001 – 2005: Presenter, BBC Breakfast. Fri-Sun.

2005 – 2012: Presenter, BBC Breakfast, Mon-Thurs.

May 2010: Presenter, BBC1 General Election Coverage programme, 1000-1400.

July – August 2012: Presenter, BBC Olympic Breakfast.

1997 – 2013: Newsreader, BBC1 bulletins.

2010 – 2013 : Presenter of prime time series: National Treasures Live (x 6), Goodnight Britain (x 2), Your Money, Their Tricks (x 4). Guest presenter Crimewatch, The Andrew Marr Show.

April 2012 – August 2013: Co-presenter, BBC Radio 4 Saturday Live.

August 2013: The Sian Williams Interview Show (BBC Wales)

June 2013 – 2015: Presenter, BBC1 Sunday Morning Live.

January 2016 – present: Presenter, ITN/Channel 5 News, Presenter R4 documentaries


Sian Williams @sianwilliams100

#SaveMoneyGoodDiet continues tonight @itv ⁦@sianwilliams100⁩ ⁦@philvickerytv⁩

Still doing this though - every Tuesday on @itv at 7.30pm right through til autumn with the lovely @IanMarber, @philvickerytv and @DrRanj #SaveMoney

That’s all folks. At least for a bit on @5_News. Spending a while on a new TV series, trying to get my head around the doctorate and finding the children. You’ll be in v capable hands for a few months! @ClaudiaLizaTV @Dani5News

Coming up on #5News: We investigate the young British workers lured into slavery overseas. Tempted by the dream of a summer job in Spain, they're exploited and abused. We hear one woman's harrowing story.

Join @sianwilliams100 and the team on 5 at 5.

We're doing a show on #MaleMentalHealth to get a better understanding of thoughts and attitudes. It'll be aired on @channel5_tv and @5_News. Here's the short survey to complete. Thank you

Gosh, @tomwatson v strong on not having access to documents re #Antisemitism in #Labour, talking about ‘belief that there’s a sickness in our party’ and trying to rebuild trust @BBCRadio4 #Today @BBCPanorama

You are ALL lovely. Sorry if you turned on tonight expecting to see both of us though..!

Thought I’d get myself a co-host!
@billtu @BBCBreakfast @5_News

Hey @caitlinmoran - we’re behind yoouuu...!
Can’t wait x

Coming up: “wacky” and “stupid” - another scathing attack by Donald Trump on the UK's ambassador; Mini unveils its new electric model; and the two teenagers on a mission to make life in hospital that little bit easier.

Join @sianwilliams100 on 5 at 5.

Eek. No we don’t! Usurped for a week by a double @emmerdale followed by the #itvdebate with the marvellous @julieetchitv. Back on @ITV next Tuesday ..

Thanks to all those who pointed this out. Fake account has been suspended. Odd though...why do it?

This village in Norfolk has been taken over by 60 life-size knitted figures inspired by the 1950s – including the Queen.

They’ve been knitted by a team who spent “every minute of every day” to help raise money for the church.

#5News | @knash85 | @KnittingDaily

Kirsty Young has decided to step down permanently as host of @BBCRadio4’s #DesertIslandDiscs:

The Duke of Cambridge visits The Royal Marsden to learn about the psychological support being offered to staff, patients and their families.

HRH is President of @royalmarsdenNHS - the largest and most comprehensive cancer centre in Europe, treating over 50,000 patients each year

Coming on @channel5_tv at 5pm:

@willyoung tells us about his campaigning to stop homophobic bullying in school.

And we hear about an extraordinary knitting project.

I love @willyoung speaking so openly about this.
More schoolchildren are bullied for their #sexuality than for their race, gender or religion. Poll also finds majority of public support #LGBT inclusive education.
More at 5 @5_News @channel5_tv
@PinkNews @Amazon @JustLikeUsUK

Revolt in the family just now watching lunchbox item on our #savemoneygooddiet.
Kids just said ‘you can’t swap a bag of cheese and onion with a rice cake!’ Whoops. Wait til they see the rest of it.... @ITV

On again tonight - usual time, 7.30pm on @itv, more fun and frolics with food and much more mucking about with @philvickerytv and @IanMarber

Coming up: we're in the quiet London street which saw the body of a stowaway fall into someone's garden; Brexit Party MEPs turn their backs during the EU's anthem; and the excitement's building for England's Lionesses.

Join @sianwilliams100 on 5 at 5.