Chris Eakin (born c.1961) is a newsreader on the BBC's 24 hour rolling news channel, BBC News and relief presenter BBC News at One at weekends. He was one of the channel's launch presenters in 1997, and is a published author.
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.
He is currently a presenter on BBC News. 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 after the Glasgow Airport terror attack in 2007.
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