Kate Silverton worked for a London-based bank before becoming a journalist. She trained with the BBC, working on Look North news before becoming a reporter and presenter at Tyne Tees Television.
Kate Silverton was a panellist on Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff. She also featured on The Heaven and Earth Show, Big Strong Boys, and Weekend Breakfast on BBC Radio 5 Live, before joining BBC News.
In 2003, Kate Silverton allegedly hit Rod Liddle, the former editor of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, during a pilot for a new political show. Liddle said: “I made a stupid comment about the disabled which Kate rightly took exception to.”
From 2005 until December 2007, Kate Silverton was a presenter on BBC News 24 and also a regular relief presenter for BBC Breakfast.
In December 2007, Kate Silverton was named as the presenter of the BBC News (8 p.m. summary) – a 90-second round up of the news shown on BBC One, which she presented for two months. She presented the BBC News at One from February to August 2008, whilst main presenter Sophie Raworth was on maternity leave.
In August 2010, BBC Scotland apologised to viewers after Kate Silverton swore at the end of a news bulletin on live television. Viewers in Scotland were the only ones who heard the words. A spokesman for BBC Scotland said: “Kate thought she was off-air at the time. The microphones hadn’t been faded down and the mistake only went out in Scotland.”
In October 2011, Kate Silverton took maternity leave and returned to the News at One in April 2012. Until May 2012, she was the deputy presenter of the BBC News at One, presenting on Mondays and when main presenter Sophie Raworth was unavailable. Sian Williams later took over this role. Kate Silverton returned to the deputy role in October 2013 to cover for Sian Williams’ leave however Williams later left the BBC.
Kate Silverton returned to the BBC News in July 2015 but was seconded to BBC Radio 4. She returned from her secondment in April 2016.