He moved to Heswall when he was 12. He learnt to sail with the Fourth Heswall Sea Scouts,1 sailing at the West Kirby Marine Lake. He left Calday Grange Grammar School in 1979, which he attended with his two brothers, Michael and Clive.
From 1989-90 he worked at Central TV as a journalist.
Chris presented between 10:30pm to 0:30am on BBC News Channel Monday and Thursday. The first half hour of his shift followed the BBC News at Ten, and contained a review of the following day's front pages and a sport and business update. He has anchored outside news broadcasts from locations including Belgrade, Belfast, Beirut, Buckingham Palace, Tavistock Square in London and numerous UK floods including in Cockermouth, Tewkesbury and Boscastle, Cornwall. He was the main on-site anchor for BBC News on-site after the Glasgow Airport terror attack in 2007 Before moving to this shift he anchored from 7pm to 10pm on Monday-Thursday evenings alongside Jane Hill. On 18th March 2013, Chris's late evening shift was taken over by Clive Myrie following the move of BBC News to New Broadcasting House, but has since taken on other shifts
He wrote the book "A Race Too Far" which describes the 1968 sailing race to be the first person to sail non-stop round the world single-handed.2
He is a qualified RYA Yachtmaster Offshore. He lives in London, with his wife, Deborah, who is a GP. His older brother Michael is Chief Executive of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic,3 and his younger brother Clive works in BBC local radio in Warwickshire,4 having the Drivetime programme until 2009 and now has a Sunday programme.5