Kay Burley worked in BBC local radio and TV, including Tyne Tees Television, before joining TV-am in 1985 as a reporter and occasional newsreader. From 1987, she presented TV-am’s first hour, filling in for Caroline Righton and covering for Anne Diamond during her maternity leave.
Kay Burley was recruited by Andrew Neil, and joined Sky Television, launching the Sky One Entertainment Channel in November 1988 with her own documentary The Satellite Revolution. She moved to the fledgling Sky News in 1988.
Among her assignments, she fronted Sky News coverage from Sri Lanka following the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and subsequent tsunami. In 2005, she was prominent in Sky News’s coverage of both the General Election and the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, and in 2013 was prominent in the coverage of the birth of Prince George of Cambridge.
Kay Burley is known for presenting news coverage on Christmas morning on Sky News. Kay Burley is an occasional contributor to the tabloid Sunday Mirror, and in the summer of 2006 appeared occasionally on Channel 5’s news bulletins. She has appeared as a stand-in for Iain Dale on his Sunday Politics show on London talk radio station LBC 97.3. Kay Burley joined LBC Radio on 23 March 2014 along with The Sun’s Managing Editor Stig Abell to present a show from 8am – 11am on Sundays.