BBC journalist Ros Atkins talks about his past in Cornwall as a drum and bass DJ

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BBC journalist Ros Atkins has revealed his very surprising past – attending raves and DJing in Cornwall.

The reporter, from Stithians, has recently become a social media sensation thanks to his social media video explainers breaking down the news, including the major scandals engulfing Downing Street.

He spoke yesterday (Monday January 17) about his teenage years and how he often attended raves in Cornwall in the 1990s and fell in love with drums and bass.

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During his twenties, Ros became an amateur DJ and performed in Cornwall, but also in London, Cambridge and South Africa, where he lived for a time.

In 2006, he even performed at a festival in Regent’s Park in London.

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“It was a reasonably sweaty affair,” Ros wrote on his Twitter, sharing photos from his surprising past.

“A few days later our eldest daughter was born and suddenly I had a lot less time and energy! The DJ didn’t fit in so well in life and I haven’t played a gig since. “

Yesterday Ros released a drum and bass set for BBC Radio 6 which you can listen to here.

Ros has had an illustrious career, which has seen him in recent years fronting the BBC’s ‘Outside Source’ program following a career where he covered major international stories, including the death of Nelson Mandela, Barack’s first investiture Obama and the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups in Germany and South Africa.

In an interview with the Western Briton in 2015 before the launch of Outside Source, he described his love for growing up in Cornwall, still with his parents, and where he attended Parc Eglos school in Helston and school Truro before the university began its travels. around the world.

He said at the time: “I still spend a lot of time in Stithians as my parents live there and will be in a few weeks on a fishing trip with my dad.

“It’s like having two houses, I love Cornwall and it really was a great place to grow up.”

Who is Ros Atkins?



Ros Atkins

Ros Atkins grew up in Stithians but his childhood also saw him living in Port of Spain, Nassau and Trinidad and Tobago.

Educated at Parc Eglos School in Helston and Truro School, he continued to read history at Jesus College, Cambridge before traveling to South Africa, where he researched the prevention of crime and human rights for the Center for Policy Studies.

While in South Africa, he wrote for the Sunday Independent as well as working as a DJ in Johannesburg and at the Oppikoppi festival.

On his return to the UK, he would become the editor of the Time Out global magazine website and contribute to British Airways’ in-flight radio. He also continued his life as a DJ, hosting a party at the Brixtonian Havana Club, known as Sharp, in addition to appearances at Fruitstock and WOMAD.

In 2001 Atkins joined the BBC, first as producer of the BBC Radio Five Live program hosted by Simon Mayo as well as presenting the late night show ‘Up All Night’ before joining the BBC World Service.

During that time, he hosted coverage of some of the world’s major stories, including Barack Obama’s election victories, Obama’s first inauguration, soccer world cups, the Mexican swine flu outbreak and celebrations. of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.

He also led BBC World Service coverage of the death of Nelson Mandela, which won him a Radio Academy Gold Award in 2014.

It was from there that Atkins would make the leap into television, with a new program called Outside Source in 2013. Using what the BBC called at launch “state-of-the-art touchscreen technology”, the program led by Atkins seeks to access and illustrate the development of news, a process described by Atkins as ensuring that “if you turn on the show, you are guaranteed immediacy and the full range of information about a story which has just been online”.

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