Broadcast Journalist & Reporter
Official Agent: Jo Carlton
Ashley John-Baptiste is an RTS nominated BBC broadcast journalist and Digital Senior Reporter for BBC News.
In June 2020, The Royal Television Society announced Ashley as its first ever ambassador for the prestigious RTS bursary schemes, which support students in the field of broadcasting and entertainment. In his role as ambassador, Ashley will champion the scheme and motivate students looking at a career in the Television sector, provide his support and share his experiences with current and future bursary students, as well as joining the Education Committee.
Ashley began his BBC journalism career as a reporter for BBC2's Victoria Derbyshire programme, with an extremely busy 12 months covering the Grenfell disaster and making original BBC films on issues including interfaith foster care, kids who are bullied for having facial disfigurements and racism on UK university campuses. He is now a frequent reporter for BBC News, BBC London News and The One Show.
Ashley fronted the BBC3 documentary Care Home Kids: Looking For Love (produced by Special Edition Films). Other recent BBC films presented by Ashley include My Life In Care and My Life Without Skin, as well as a new documentary about siblings separated in care.
Ashley also co-presents For Love Or Money, with Kym Marsh, a new BBC One series investigating online dating fraud. The series first aired in a daytime slot in November 2019 with prime-time reversions airing from March 2020, and a second series in February 2021. Proof of his ability and growing popularity came when he was asked to co-host The One Show in December 2019 with Angelica Bell. Expect to see him back on the sofa soon and Ashley will continue to be part of the show family.
A brand new series called Stories Of Us, aired in summer 2020 on BBC Two, co-hosted with the Rev Kate Bottley. The show is a reflection of our times, where the duo reveal inspirational stories of how people around the UK are leading more spiritually and emotionally fulfilled lives.
Ashley recently chaired an Edinburgh TV Festival Panel about films being made in the wake of the shocking death of George Floyd and the importance of getting the right filmmakers. He has also made a film with Mo Gilligan for the brilliant virtual event Be Inspired UK, which seeks to inspire care experienced young people. Broadcast magazine recently ran his piece on the importance of the RTS Bursary scheme for those that need it most.
Ashley grew up in South London, where at the age of four he was taken into care. He grew up being shuttled between foster families and children's homes and moved primary school three times. A bright student, he attended a comprehensive school which had three times the number of children from deprived backgrounds than the national average. There, he battled to win a place at Cambridge University where he graduated with a 2:1 in History. Whilst at Cambridge, Ashley acted as a mentor to other students who grew up in care.
Many will remember Ashley as the member of boy band group The Risk who famously quit ITV's X Factor during the live final show, in order to pursue a career in media.
Ashley tells the compelling, inspiring and sometimes humorous story of his childhood and how to your achieve goals, follow your dreams and never give up. He has enormous enthusiasm and passion to use his story as a tool to motivate and propel others to face their challenges with a sense of optimism and triumph.
Ashley is an ambassador for The Fostering Network charity and a truly inspirational public speaker. He was shortlisted for the RTS Young Talent Of The Year 2018 award.
- For Love Or Money - BBC1
- The One Show - BBC1
- Stories Of Us - BBC2
- Morning Live - BBC1
- BBC News - BBC1
- BBC London News - BBC1 London
- Victoria Derbyshire - BBC2
- Care Home Kids: Looking For Love - BBC3
- The X Factor - ITV