Chris Rogers has presented and reported for Sky News, ITV News, ITV ‘Tonight” documentary series, and is currently a presenter for BBC News.
Rogers came to prominence at nineteen as a presenter of Newsround on BBC One in 1994.
Among his investigative work Rogers has covered the plight of abandoned children left in institutions in Eastern Europe, particularly in Romania. In 2008 this led to the reporter taking the Duchess of York and her daughters undercover in Turkey and Romania for a Tonight special, on ITV.
Turkey’s foreign minister criticised the use of hidden cameras for breaching privacy and created diplomatic tensions and even the threat of arrest which Rogers later described in a book called Undercover. It is also reported that the journalist helped end the plight of child prisoners held in adult overcrowded jails with his expose on the issue. His investigation into the treatment of Palestinian child POW’s by the Israeli Defence Force and the use of children as suicide bombers by militants landed him an Amnesty International Media Award.
Rogers has even spent seven months undercover posing as a trafficker, secretly filming the European gangs who sell women to UK brothels. For ITV Tonight he illustrated how easy it is to buy British Medical Records on India’s data black market.
Since 2010, Rogers has been a presenter on the BBC News channel, BBC London News and BBC World News. He is also an investigative reporter for BBC News, among his many films for Panorama, Our World, Newsnight and BBC News he has investigated racism in football ahead of Euro 2012 for what was the controversial BBC Panorama: Stadiums of Hate. Rogers’ BBC News report ‘Child Sacrifice’, exposing witchcraft in Uganda and the United Kingdom was nominated for an Emmy award in 2012.
In November 2010, August 2011 and March 2013 he fronted the BBC News at Six and News at Ten, during separate strikes by BBC journalists. He was the duty presenter for the BBC One late bulletin in Wales on Easter Monday 2015 as the channel had been showing non-networked programming.
In 2013 Chris Rogers made a thirty minute investigative report for the BBC’s Inside Out which uncovered a trend in sex gang grooming. Rogers spoke to young Sikh girls who claimed to have been sexually groomed by gangs of Muslim men. The reporter gained access to the Sikh community and many victims claimed that they had never spoke of or reported their abuse to protect their family honour.
Rogers also travelled to Indonesia where he posed as a coffee importer and uncovered horrific animal cruelty behind a luxury coffee made out of civet cat droppings. Harrods has as a result removed the Civet Cat coffee from its shelves.
In February 2014 Rogers gained access to North Korea. For a BBC Panorama Rogers was able to film with the future ruling elite who were studying at a western funded university in Pyongyang and receiving a western funded education. He was also able to film in Pyongyang openly. For a Panorama Special, on 4 June 2014 Chris Rogers reported on what he described as the dark side of Brazil just a few days ahead of the World Cup. The film revealed the poverty, violence, drugs, and more shockingly the prostitution of children as young as 9 years old. Panorama – Brazil: In the Shadow of the Stadiums has been described as his best work, shocking politicians, football fans, celebrities, footballers alike – going by the twitter reaction and newspaper reviews. It was a moving and disturbing film.
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