Tim Willcox (born 1963) is a British journalist for BBC News, where he presents news bulletins on BBC One, BBC News and BBC World News. Generally a relief presenter for the BBC, 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 day time coverage during the early days of the Cairo January 2011 Egyptian revolution.
Early and Personal life
Willcox is married to Sarah, and the couple have four children. In November 2012 it was widely reported that Willcox was having an affair with BBC colleague Sophie Long.
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 rolling news channel BBC News where he can be seen presenting bulletins at weekends. He is generally a relief presenter on the channel, but does have a regular slot late on Friday evenings. He can also be seen presenting on BBC World News as a relief presenter.
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.
- Paul Burrell – The Butler’s Story
- Di’s Guys
- The Spencers
- After Diana – Remaking the Royals
- Diana: Her Life
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, Clueless and the BAFTA winning documentary How to Start a Revolution.
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- 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.
- Profile – Tim Willcox Newswatch, BBC News, 7 July 2006
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- “Husband of newsreader ‘devastated’ after she dumps him for co-presenter”. Telegraph Online. 27 November 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2013
- 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
- Boyle, Simon (2012), “BBC current affair: Bosses tell news presenter lovers ‘not to appear on screen together'”, Mirror Online, retrieved 2013-08-16
- “Sophie Long keeps up the low profile on Tim Willcox affair”, Standard Online, 2012, retrieved 2013-08-16
- The camp that has sprung up above trapped Chile miners BBC News, 25 September 2010
- “All 33 Chilean miners rescued”. Washington Post. 14 October 2010. Retrieved 14 October 2010.
- Willcox, Tim (16 March 2011). “Designing buildings to survive natural disasters”. BBC News. Retrieved 2 April 2011.