Ben McGrail

Ben McGrail (born 4 November)[1] is a British broadcast journalist, best known for his work at ITV News West Country as their Somerset Correspondent.[2]

Ben McGrail
Ben McGrail

4 November
OccupationBroadcast journalist
Known forITV News West Country


McGrail studied broadcast journalism at the University of Leeds from 2004 to 2007[3] where he started in radio at the student radio station LSR.[4] After graduating, McGrail worked as a freelance journalist before joining Andover Sound in September 2008 as news editor and drivetime presenter.[5] In 2011 McGrail was appointed as the drivetime presenter on BBC Somerset and in 2013 he took over the 9 am mid-morning phone-in programme.[6]

In 2017 McGrail was announced as the new Somerset Correspondent for ITV News West Country.[7]


In 2010 McGrail and the Andover Sound news team won a silver at the Sony Radio Academy Awards in the Journalist of the Year category.[8] In 2014 McGrail 's radio show won the South West Media Award for Radio News/Current Affairs Programme of the Year.[9][10] Meanwhile in 2015 McGrail won a national Mind Media Award for his coverage of mental health in Somerset.[11][12]


  1. ^ "Do you love or hate your birthday?, Ben McGrail – BBC Somerset". BBC. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Ben McGrail official website".
  3. ^ "Radio " School of Media and Communication". University of Leeds. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  4. ^ "BBC – Leeds – Students – Radio star". BBC. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Ex-Star reporter up for 'radio oscar'". Bucks Free Press. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  6. ^ "BBC – BBC Somerset announces Emma Britton as new Breakfast presenter – Media Centre". BBC. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  7. ^ "BBC Somerset's Ben joins ITV West Country". ITV News. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Sony Radio Awards: Winners". RadioToday. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Morning News takes West of England crown – Journalism News from HoldtheFrontPage". HoldTheFrontPage. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  10. ^ "EDF Energy| EDF Energy South West of England Media Award Winners Announced | EDF Media Centre". Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  11. ^ "BBC Somerset presenter Ben McGrail shortlisted for two national awards". Somerset County Gazette. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  12. ^ "Winners of the Mind Media Awards 2015 revealed | Mind, the mental health charity – help for mental health problems". Retrieved 6 April 2017.

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