Zeb Soanes is a familiar and trusted voice across the BBC.  

He is a Radio 4 Newsreader for those who wake up to The Today Programme and puts the nation to bed with The Shipping Forecast; he read the forecast to a worldwide audience at the Olympics and has broadcast it from the top of a lighthouse.  He is a regular on Radio 4’s The News Quiz, reports for From Our Own Correspondent and has presented Radio 3’s Saturday Classics.  On television his voice launched BBC FOUR, where he presented the BBC Proms and he has made films for The Culture Show, Newsnight and Songs of Praise.  The childrens' author Francesca Simon featured Zeb as the newsreader in her book The Lost Gods and Sunday Times readers voted him their favourite male voice on UK radio.

Documentary narration includes 50 years of Doctor Who for BBC Worldwide and Unlocking Sherlock for PBS in the United States.  He is the brand voice of the BBC Store.

He has hosted major live public events for the Royal Opera House and introduced concerts at London’s Southbank Centre, Royal Albert Hall, King's Place and venues around the UK.

Concert work with orchestra includes Peter and the Wolf and Roald Dahl’s Little Red Riding Hood; he was the Voice of God in the Aldeburgh Festival production of Noye’s Fludde to conclude the 2013 Benjamin Britten Centenary and has made a new recording of William Walton's Façade, conducted by John Wilson and his orchestra, to be released in April 2017.  He is the narrator for the choral ensemble Opus Anglicanum, touring the UK with sequences of words and music commissioned from some of Britain's leading contemporary composers.

Zeb trained as an actor and has performed in radio dramas with Simon Russell-Beale and Toby Jones.  In the short film Mayday, starring Juliet Stevenson, he relays the unfolding chaos of an earthquake in London.  This year he played Derek Nimmo in a drama about the making of the classic BBC comedy series All Gas and Gaiters and was the sinister librarian in a Doctor Who audio adventure with David Warner.

Zeb is an active patron of the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine and Awards for Young Musicians.

- November, 2016


Zeb moderated the Construction Equipment Association 2014 conference. He was thoroughly professional and did a lot of background reading to learn about our industry. Zeb’s role at the conference comprised: moderating individual speaker presentations, panels sessions and an interview with a leading industry representative. I thoroughly recommend Zeb to anyone wanting a familiar voice and a competent, professional and friendly moderator at their conference.
— Joanna Oliver MBE, Director of Global Programmes, Construction Equipment Association
Many people have commented on how warm and distinctive the channel feels and that’s a real tribute to Zeb’s instinctive understanding of its values. He should feel very proud of what he has achieved here.
— Roly Keating, Controller, BBC FOUR
Zeb gave a great after dinner speech to the Chartered Institute of Tax Branches Conference which was very funny, but also interesting as well. We have received lots of very positive feedback regarding our conference and in particular Zeb’s involvement in it. All of the delegates were delighted that he remained chatting after the dinner finished and that he was so approachable and friendly. I would recommend him to anyone looking for an after dinner speaker or for any other similar event.
— Andrew McKenzie-Smart, Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Tax Branches Networks


Recording Façade with John Wilson and Carole Boyd at the Henry Wood Hall, October 2015