Huw Edwards (born 18 August 1951) is a BAFTA award-winning journalist, presenter and newsreader.
He is a news presenter for BBC News in the United Kingdom. Huw presents Britain's most watched news programme, BBC News at Ten which is also the corporation's flagship news broadcast. He also presents an hour-long slot from 5pm on BBC News channel.
In 2003, he was made a Fellow of the University of Wales, and in 2005 he became Honorary Professor of Journalism at Cardiff University. In 2005, he was appointed Patron of the National College of Music. He is a competent organist and pianist, and once had ambitions of becoming a concert pianist.
He began his career at radio station, Swansea Sound, from where he joined the BBC in 1984.
Edwards was born in Bridgend, Wales and from the age of four was brought up in Llangennech, near Llanelli. He went to Llanelli Boys' Grammar School, as did Michael Howard. He graduated with a first class honours degree in French from University College, Cardiff. His father is the noted Welsh author and academic Professor Hywel Teifi Edwards, who is Research Professor of Welsh Literature at the University of Swansea. His mother taught at Llanelli's Ysgol Gyfun y Strade for 30 years.
He is married with five children and lives in London.
In 1986, he became the parliamentary correspondent for BBC Wales.
Between May 1999 and January 2003, Edwards presented the BBC Six O'Clock News. During this period, the Six O'Clock News was the most watched news programme in Britain.
In January 2003, he became the main presenter of the Ten O'Clock News on BBC One. The Ten is considered the corporation's flagship news broadcast. BBC News at Ten has since go on to became the most watched news programme in Britain. Along with David Dimbleby, he also presents various special programmes such as the Festival of Remembrance, Trooping the Colour and the State Opening of Parliament. Most recently, he presented coverage of the National Assembly for Wales election, 2007 for BBC Wales.
He was formerly Chief Political Correspondent for BBC News, and spent more than 14 years reporting politics from Westminster across a range of BBC programmes. He started his political reporting career in 1986 as Parliamentary Correspondent for BBC Wales, before moving to network news.
He has also presented or contributed to a range of other BBC News programmes, including Breakfast News, One O'Clock News, Newsnight and Panorama. Since April 2006, Edwards has presented the newly established BBC News at Five O'Clock on the 24-hour BBC News channel.
Presenting and other appearances
Although predominantly a news journalist, Edwards has presented a wide range of programming on television and radio, including documentaries on classical music, religion, and the Welsh language, of which he is a native speaker.
He has also appeared as himself in cameo in the television series Absolute Power, and in an episode of Doctor Who, where he fronted coverage of a fictionalised 2012 Olympics.