Raphael Rowe

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Raphael Rowe is a reporter/presenter for The One Show on BBC One.  

Raphael joined the BBC in 2001 as a reporter for the Radio 4 News Programme, Today and went on to report for many years on BBC One's flagship current affairs televisision programme, Panorama before becoming freelance in 2016.

Born and brought up in South East London his tone, style and accent was different to that normally heard on the BBC and caused an immediate stir amongst the traditional Radio 4 audience. But Raphael's path to becoming a reporter and presenter has been unique and remarkable.

In 1988, aged 20, he was sentenced to life imprisonment for a murder and robbery he did not commit. In July 2000, after 12 years in prison, the Court of Appeal quashed his wrongful convictions and he was freed.

After a year travelling the world, Raphael returned to the UK determined to become a reporter. Raphael is self-educated on the criminal justice system and, against the odds during his years in prison he studied journalism through a correspondence course.

As the subject of numerous stories by broadcast and print journalists during his long campaign for justice, Raphael has a unique insight into both sides of the reporting coin.

Through his singular background, and as the first person of mixed race to report for Today, the Six O’clock News and Panorama, Raphael has helped re-write the rules on what makes a BBC reporter.

Two years after joining the BBC in 2003 he became BBC Three’s launch current affairs presenter and undercover reporter on a number of programmes including: Movers, Shakers and Crack Takers, Gangland Manchester and Blood Diamonds the exploitation, and routes, used by terrorists to smuggle conflict diamonds.

He also presented a number of programmes for BBC Two including ‘This World: Locked in Paradise’ and ‘Who Killed Kelso Cochrane?’. He also conducted a fascinating three-part investigation, which revealed the UK's first criminal underworld rich list.

Raphael’s investigation for Panorama into the murder of Jill Dando cast doubts on firearms forensic evidence used at the trial of Barry George, who was convicted of killing the BBC TV presenter. In August 2008, Barry George was acquitted at a retrial and freed.

During his time at Panorama, he reported on a wide range of issues, including Bursting the House Price Bubble, Addiction to Games, Track my Trash, Jailed for a Knife, Smugglers Tales, Orphans of Haiti, Kill at Will: America on trial, Children's Fight Club, DIY Justice. In Death on Corfu he uncovered crucial information that helped the parents of the two children who died from carbon dioxide poisoning whilst on a Thomas Cook package holiday.

Raphael has reported from some of the most dangerous and hostile places in the world, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Borneo, Nigeria, Jamaica, Beirut and Haiti to name a few.

Although Raphael is a skilled investigative journalist, he is also a confident, warm, genuine and experienced presenter on BBC's The One Show. Whether live in the studio or buzzing around the country reporting on topical stories Raphael is a popular presenter on prime time television and inspiration to an underserved and diverse audience.

Click here to see Raphael's profile page for The One Show.

He tweets as @areporter

Contact Agent: info@knightayton.co.uk

Raphael Rowe is a reporter/presenter for The One Show on BBC One.  

Raphael joined the BBC in 2001 as a reporter for the Radio 4 News Programme, Today and went on to report for many years on BBC One's flagship current affairs televisision programme, Panorama before becoming freelance in 2016.

Born and brought up in South East London his tone, style and accent was different to that normally heard on the BBC and caused an immediate stir amongst the traditional Radio 4 audience. But Raphael's path to becoming a reporter and presenter has been unique and remarkable.

In 1988, aged 20, he was sentenced to life imprisonment for a murder and robbery he did not commit. In July 2000, after 12 years in prison, the Court of Appeal quashed his wrongful convictions and he was freed.

After a year travelling the world, Raphael returned to the UK determined to become a reporter. Raphael is self-educated on the criminal justice system and, against the odds during his years in prison he studied journalism through a correspondence course.

He is a highly sought-after keynote speaker, captivating audiences with both his unique story and the inspirational lessons that can be taken from it.   

Recent Testimonials include:

Keynote at National Centre for Diversity Annual Conference
Raphael was excellent. He was very inspiring. We completely recommend him. Nice, genuine chap too. Very likeable.

Speaker at CILEx Graduation and Admission Ceremony
Raphael was professional, engaged, and a pleasure to work with. We met in advance to discuss the specific nature of our organisation and the event he would be speaking at, and he tailored his remarks specifically to the audience he was addressing. He was open to recommendations and changes to his remarks, and ultimately he delivered and inspiring speech that captivated our attendees. I would highly recommend him for future events.

Host at the opening of a prison training centre in HMP Brixton
Everyone thought you were wonderful and I am so grateful for your time today – you were brilliant. The event was to celebrate a first in the sector so was very important to us and well attended. It was not an easy brief with a number of different protagonists involved and Raphael handled everyone smoothly and introduced each part of the event with a unique touch that won over the room. We have since had a number of emails saying how good he was and how much difference he made to the event. In addition, some have already asked him to do their events.
Thank you again so much for speaking at the event last night, everyone was blown away by your story. It was truly captivating.

Speaker for the Oxford Society Committee
We just wanted to thank you again for coming to Oxford yesterday, and for your thought-provoking speech. We have received a great deal of positive feedback already, and believe that – as hoped – the event will serve as a springboard, helping the Society to move forwards in its development. So thank you again.

Contact Agent: info@knightayton.co.uk 


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