After completing the BBC journalism training programme, Jane Hill joined BBC Radio 5 Live at the station’s launch, remaining there as a producer for 18 months. She moved into television following completion of the BBC Regional News Trainee Scheme. She went on to join BBC Radio Berkshire and South Today as a presenter, before moving later to national news.
When BBC News launched its new 24 hour channel in November 1997, Jane Hill joined, and was originally an overnight presenter, also appearing on the channel’s international counterpart BBC World News during the simulcast between the two channels. During her time with BBC News, she has presented coverage of a wide range of stories and events, including a week of special programmes from Washington DC in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001. She also went on to present live coverage on BBC News and BBC World News of the first anniversary commemorations at Ground Zero in New York.
She presented numerous special programmes on BBC One and BBC Two during the war in Iraq, and in December 2003, on the day US forces captured Saddam Hussein, she broadcast for nearly eight hours continuously on both terrestrial channels, BBC News, and BBC World News.
Jane Hill led the local reporting in Portugal in 2007, for the BBC’s coverage of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Flying to Portugal the day the news broke, she spent much of May there, and conducted the BBC’s first interview with Kate and Gerry McCann. She returned to the Algarve for all the major developments in the story, and made a half hour documentary about the case at the end of that year.
From April 2006 until August 2014, she has presented alongside Matthew Amroliwala between 1100 and 1400 until they moved to 1400 to 1700 in March 2013. She presents the shift Tuesday to Friday now with Simon McCoy. Previously, she presented with Chris Eakin from 1900-2200 on Monday to Thursday evenings. Hill also presents news bulletins on BBC One, and in the past has made occasional appearances presenting BBC Breakfast. She is an occasional relief presenter for the BBC Weekend News on BBC One.
On Monday 16 August 2010, she began a week sitting in for Jeremy Vine on BBC Radio 2’s music and news programme.
Jane Hill returned as relief presenter for BBC News at Six and also joined the team of relief presenters for BBC News at Ten from August 2014. Follow by Victoria Debryshire in June 2015.
She appeared as herself in the 2014 science fiction action film Edge of Tomorrow, which stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt.