John Craven will accept a special Bafta on behalf of Newsround to mark its 40th anniversary.

The pioneering BBC news programme – launched by the veteran presenter in 1971 – is to receive the Special Award at the British Academy Children’s Awards this weekend.

It will recognise the show’s ‘significant contribution’ to children’s TV since its launch.

Craven will accept the award, along with creator Edward Barnes and current presenter Ore Oduba, from BBC political editor Nick Robinson, who is a former Newsround producer.

Craven said: “Newsround was the first show of its kind in the world and I’m deeply thankful to Bafta for recognising it as such.

“Newsround was and always will be my little baby and I couldn’t be more proud of it now it’s all grown up.”

Newsround – which broke new ground as a news show aimed at children – was the launchpad for a number of presenters including Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Julie Etchingham, Juliet Morris and the late Helen Rollason.

The award will be presented at the event on Sunday at the London Hilton in Park Lane.