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, Morning Live, Sunday Morning Live and The One Show.
He fronted the BBC Three 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. Split Up In Care: Life Without Siblings premiered on BBC Three in March 2021 and is currently available on iPlayer.
Ashley also co-presents For Love Or Money, with Kym Marsh, a BBC One series investigating online dating fraud. This RTS-nominated 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. Ashley is now firmly part of The One Show family as a regular reporter for the programme, with recent films covering the issues of adoption, pregnancy, homelessness and care.
In summer 2020 he co-hosted a series for BBC Two called Stories Of Us, with the Rev Kate Bottley. The show was described as “a reflection of our times”, with the duo revealing inspirational stories of how people around the UK were leading more spiritually and emotionally fulfilled lives.
Ashley 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.
In October 2021 Ashley presented the RTS-nominated Expert Witness for BBC One Daytime, a brand new 15-part series exploring the inside stories of how expert witnesses helped solve some of the UK's most complex major crime cases, using forensic science to reveal the hidden clues criminals leave behind.
Ashley also hosts BBC Radio 1Xtra's first-ever investigative documentary podcast series Legends Fall in the Making: The Story of Juice WRLD, Pop Smoke, XXXTentacion & Lil Peep – available on BBC Sounds and iPlayer. In this 8-part series Ashley delves into the life stories and careers of four American rappers who were known to have disrupted the Hip-Hop world in their own unique ways and then suddenly died either as a result of gun violence or drug overdoses. The series won the Silver award in the Best Arts & Culture Podcast category at the British Podcast Awards 2022.
In June 2022 Ashley was the lead reporter on The Mall for the four days of The Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations on BBC One and the BBC News channels.
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.
He is the founder of the online charity Be Inspired, supporting young people leaving care and helping them fulfil their aspirations.
- For Love Or Money - BBC1
- The One Show - BBC1
- Morning Live - BBC1
- The Queen's Platinum Jubilee - BBC1
- Split Up In Care: Life Without Siblings - BBC3
- Expert Witness - BBC1
- Stories Of Us - BBC2
- BBC News - BBC1
- BBC London News - BBC1 London
- Victoria Derbyshire - BBC2
- Care Home Kids: Looking For Love - BBC3
- The X Factor - ITV
- Legends Fall in the Making - BBC Radio 1Xtra