Medical Correspondent, BBC
Fergus Walsh is the BBC’s Medical Correspondent. He appears mainly on the Six and Ten O’clock TV News on BBC1. His reports are seen globally via BBC World News. Fergus also reports for Panorama, the world’s longest-running investigative TV programme. He can be heard on the Today programme and Radio 5 Live. He also has a BBC blog – some of his online reports have had more than one million hits in a day.
Fergus joined the BBC in 1984. In the late ‘80s he was the BBC’s Legal and Home Affairs Correspondent covering issues such as crime, terrorism and miscarriages of justice.
For much of the past 20 years he has concentrated on health and science. Fergus has reported from around the world on topics such as stem cells, genetics, obesity, HIV/AIDS, malaria, TB, swine flu, population growth, and cloning. In 2007 he gave evidence to Parliament during the scrutiny of the Human Tissue and Embryos Bill.
In 2009 he appeared as himself alongside Julie Walters in an award-winning drama about assisted suicide called “A Short Stay in Switzerland”.
He is a firm supporter of the importance of medical volunteers and has taken part in several patient trials. He has had all his genes sequenced, his brain, heart and other vital organs scanned for television reports, and taken part in a number of medial trials.