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Raphael Rowe is a reporter on Sunday Morning Live and The One Show, BBC1. Raphael joined the BBC in 2001 as a reporter for the Radio 4 News Programme, Today, and went on to report for many years on BBC One’s flagship current affairs television programme, Panorama, before becoming freelance in 2016. Raphael’s path to becoming a reporter and presenter has been unique and remarkable.  

Miscarriage Of Justice

In 1988, aged 20, he was sentenced to life imprisonment for a murder and robbery he did not commit. In July 2000, after 12 years in prison, the Court of Appeal quashed his wrongful convictions and he was freed. 

Raphael was determined to become a reporter. He is self-educated on the criminal justice system and, against the odds, during his years in prison he studied journalism through a correspondence course.

 

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Raphael was determined to become a reporter. He is self-educated on the criminal justice system and, against the odds, during his years in prison he studied journalism through a correspondence course.

As the subject of numerous stories by broadcast and print journalists during his long campaign for justice, Raphael has a unique insight into both sides of the reporting coin.

Raphael joined the BBC in 2001 as a reporter for the Radio 4 News Programme, Today.

Born and brought up in south-east London his tone, style and accent was different to that normally heard on the flagship programme and caused an immediate stir amongst the traditional Radio 4 audience.

Two years after joining the BBC he became BBC Three’s launch current affairs undercover reporter on a number of programmes including: Movers, Shakers and Crack Takers, Gangland Manchester and Blood Diamonds, the exploitation, and routes, used by terrorists to smuggle conflict diamonds.

He also presented a number of programmes for BBC Two including ‘This World: Locked in Paradise’ and ‘Who Killed Kelso Cochrane?’. He also conducted a fascinating three-part investigation which revealed the UK’s first criminal underworld rich list. Episode One looked at Smugglers, Episode Two Drug Barons and Episode three Fraudsters.

Raphael joined Panorama in 2006 and reported on a wide range of issues, including Bursting the House Price Bubble, Addiction to Games, Track my Trash, Jailed for a Knife, Smugglers Tales, Orphans of Haiti, Kill at Will: America on trial, Children’s Fight Club, DIY Justice. In Death on Corfu he uncovered crucial information that helped the parents of the two children who died from carbon dioxide poisoning whilst on a Thomas Cook package holiday. 

Raphael’s investigation for Panorama into the murder of Jill Dando cast doubts on firearms forensic evidence used at the trial of Barry George, who was convicted of killing the BBC TV presenter. In August 2008, Barry George was acquitted at a retrial and freed.Raphael has reported from some of the most dangerous and hostile places in the world, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Borneo, Nigeria, Jamaica, Beirut, Colombia, Papua New Guinea and Haiti to name a few.

Raphael is an experienced and skilled investigative journalist and presenter on prime time television and an inspiration to an underserved and diverse audience.

Through his singular background, and as the first person of mixed race with dreadlocks to report for Today, the Six O’Clock News, Panorama and The One Show, Raphael has helped re-write the rules on what makes a BBC reporter.

Raphael is the presenter on a new and original Netflix series “Inside The Worlds Toughest Prisons”. It will be streamed on the Netflix platform starting 6th July 2018. In the series he travels to some of the worlds most dangerous places where he interviews violent and dangerous criminals.