Timothy Henry "Tim" Franks (born 14 May 1968) is a British journalist and radio presenter who presents Newshour, the flagship news and current affairs programme on BBC World Service radio. He also, from time to time, presents Hardtalk on BBC World News, and documentaries across BBC TV and radio. He was previously an award-winning foreign correspondent for the BBC.
He joined the BBC in 1990, as a World Service Production Trainee, and spent five years as a producer, reporter and part-time presenter. In 1995, he was appointed World Service Political Reporter, based at Westminster, and then World Service Political Correspondent in 1997. He covered not just British politics but events in Northern Ireland, including the breakdown of the IRA ceasefire in 1996, civil disorder over the Parades in Northern Ireland, and the Good Friday Agreement.
In 1999, he became a political correspondent for domestic BBC TV and radio, including a spell as the political correspondent for Today. He also started presenting, from time to time, The World at One and contributing to the arts pages of the New Statesman magazine.
In 2010, he returned to London, to take up a role as BBC Sports Correspondent – a position he combined with occasional presenting on Newshour on BBC World Service, Hardtalk on BBC World News, and radio documentaries. In December 2012, his reports for Newshour on the activities of the Greek far right made headlines in Greece.
In May 2013, he joined Newshour full-time, as the main evening presenter. He continues to present Hardtalk from time to time, along with documentaries on TV and radio.
In November 2013, Franks secured the first broadcast interview, ten months earlier than Oprah Winfrey, with the former cyclist Lance Armstrong since Armstrong's confession that he had used performance-enhancing drugs.
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