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

Coming up on @channel5_tv at 5pm: Harry and Meghan win an apology and substantial damages for intrusive paparazzi photos taken of their home.

And, the cryptic clue for a healthier brain - find out how puzzles could make your mind 10 years younger. | @sianwilliams100

Coming up on #5News:
- Why there are more professional criminals than soldiers in the UK
- A warning over WhatsApp - has yours been hacked?
- Looking back at Blackpool tower on its 125th birthday

Join @sianwilliams100 and the team on @channel5_tv at 5

Fire at Great Peter st and Strutton ground in Westminster - looks like started in building works

Daisy May Cooper from This Country has worn a 60 litre bin bag dress, designed by her Mum, to the BAFTAS. “I decided I would donate the money I would spend on a normal dress to a food bank and come as a bin bag”. #BAFTATV

Channel 4 News has just won a #BAFTA! #cambridgeanalytica

A fun packed day 2 at our Fitter Stronger Retreat at @BrandshatchPlce . Exercise with @auniquephysique, a @Lullingstone hike, nutrition with @Foodfabulous and an inspiring motivational talk from @sianwilliams100

TRH The Dukes and Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex have announced the launch of @GiveUsAShout, a new 24/7 text messaging helpline that supports people in crisis.

YOU can join the national community of volunteers that powers the service.


Angela Rippon, Sue Lawley, Jan Leeming and Julia Somerville are on @bbcradio4 now. Every female newsreader in TV today has these women to thank. They gave me - and others - some brilliant support and advice. #Icons

Beckham leaving court after 6 month ban imposed on his driving licence.

Court heard how he loves driving and how he takes his children to school.

More on @5_News at 5pm | @sianwilliams100

David Beckham arrives at Bromley Magistrates Court where he may be given penalty points on his licence after previously pleading guilty for using a mobile phone while driving his Bentley.

It started as an idea for a regular @5_News report. I wanted to know how young people leaving the care system feel about #UniversalCredit. There was too much to say. So it's ended up as a half hour documentary. This is a thread on how we got there #dutyofcare #careleavers 👇1/24

Thousands of teenagers leave local authority care every year. Forced to manage on their own, they face insecurity, benefit cuts and stigma from society.

Watch #dutyofcare in full at 18.30 on @channel5_tv

I'll be on Save Money, Lose Weight at 7.30 this evening on ITV talking to @DrRanj about apps that might be able help us manage calories and diet.

Coming up on #5News

- Just how bad for you is social media? A new report says - hardly at all - so what's the fuss about?

And what's in a name? Speculation's hotting up over what the newest member of the Royal Family will be called.

Join @sianwilliams100 on @channel5_tv at 5pm

Coming up on #5News:
The warning over missed measles jabs.

There's been a rise in the numbers of children not having the MMR vaccine -- health experts say it's a 'public health time bomb' and misleading information must be tackled.

Join @sianwilliams100 on @channel5_tv at 5pm

Coming up on #5News:

- New pictures of one of the Sri Lanka bombers emerge
- Welcome Mr President -- Donald Trump finally gets his State Visit this June
-And a new birthday picture of the Littlest Prince

Join @sianwilliams100 on @channel5_tv at 5

Tonight, 7.30pm, we're back on @itv with #SaveMoneyLoseWeight - providing yet another opportunity for @DrRanj to appear in his boxers... @twofourtweets

Donald Trump’s last visit to Britain was met with controversy, leading to large protests across the country.

Photo credit: PA Images

BREAKING: U.S. President Donald Trump has accepted an invitation of a state visit to Britain, as guest of Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace has announced.

The 45th President, accompanied by his wife Melania, will visit from Monday 3rd June to Wednesday 5th.