Alex Dolan

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Alexandra Marie Dolan is a journalist, weather presenter and science teacher who went undercover for the documentary Undercover Teacher, produced by Allen Jewhurst. For this, she was suspended from teaching for one year by the General Teaching Council with the claim that ‘breached student trust’. The decision has received criticism from both teachers and commentators.

Alex Dolan was born in Cuckfield, in the Mid Sussex district of West Sussex. She has an older brother. After growing up in Cambridge she attended The Leys School, an independent school in Cambridge and Cambridge Centre for Sixth-form Studies, and studied Marine Biology at Newcastle University. In 2019, Dolan moved from Norwich to Cromer.

More recently, Alex Dolan has been employed as a presenter on Sky’s Ocean TV programme Ocean Rescue. She returned to presenting the weather on BBC Look East on 5 January 2016 following maternity leave.

 

Sarah Jane Bungay

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Sarah-Jane Bungay is a woman of many talents. By day, she plans the news, gathers the stories, and produces the programmes. By night, she treads the boards, pursuing her love of amateur dramatics.

One of the best parts of my job is the variety I have – from producing South Today to being out on the road – and the occasional presenting stint as well. I’m a real ‘people person’ – and like to talk (a lot) which helps in rooting out stories.

The first clue I gave my parents of a prospective broadcasting career was when I used to pretend to be the host of a cookery programme in their kitchen.

I was most indignant when they’d try to come in to make a cuppa, protesting ‘Mummmmm… I’m presenting.!” One assignment which sticks in my mind – for the fear factor if nothing else – was being the co-driver with Roger Finn in the 2003 Sunseeker Rallye.

Racing through the forest near Ringwood at high speed was great fun – Michael Schumacher eat your heart out. I also enjoyed treading the boards in my spare time. I’ve enjoyed masquerading as Emily Pankhurst, Pandora (of Adrian Mole fame), and Marty in Grease.

More recently, I had to put on a bit of weight for my latest role with the Bishopstoke players – playing a six month pregnant woman. At least, with a false bump, I didn’t have to cope with morning sickness or swollen ankles!

Alice Baxter

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Alice Baxter was thrilled to join the BBC in the summer of 2012. She currently presents a mixture of news and business programmes across BBC World, the BBC News Channel, BBC One and BBC Two.

Alice Baxter can regularly be seen presenting World Business Report, grilling CEOs, CFOs and politicians from all around the world. Interview highlights have included WPP’s Sir Martin Sorrell, Lloyds of London’s Richard Ward and South Africa’s Minister of Trade & Industry Rob Davies, live from the BRICs summit.

In the news chair, and reporting from the BBC’s World Newsroom, Alice has covered a number of breaking news stories in 2013, including the escalation of tensions in Syria, Egypt and Turkey.

Alice Baxter has also, on occasion, ventured onto the airwaves to present the business segment on the Simon Mayo show on BBC Radio 2.

Prior to joining the BBC, Alice Baxter worked as a presenter at Sky News and in Moscow as a senior international correspondent and presenter for RT where she anchored major news and business stories for over six years, as well as presenting and co-producing an award-winning Russia travel series.

As a correspondent she travelled across the globe, reporting on a range of political, financial and social-interest stories, including a number of extended features from Greenland, the former Yugoslavia, South Ossetia, Austria and South Korea.

A history and drama undergraduate, Alice Baxter holds an MPhil in modern history from Cambridge University and a diploma in broadcast journalism from Cardiff University.

Away from work Alice Baxter tries to make the most of London’s vibrant arts and restaurant scene. A keen traveller and fitness fanatic she also loves to ski and run and cycles pretty much everywhere.

Katya Adler

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After graduating, Katya Adler initially briefly worked for The Times before moving to Vienna in August 1995 to work for Mondial Congress, an organiser of International Congresses. She began working as a correspondent for Austrian national public broadcaster ORF in late 1995, reporting locally and then internationally from Kosovo, Eastern Europe and across Southwest Asia and North Africa.

Katya Adler joined the BBC in Vienna in 1998, reporting on Austrian and Central European affairs. After becoming the BBC’s Berlin correspondent for a short period, from 2000 she was based in London for the BBC World Service presenting on European current affairs, and commuting weekly to Berlin to work as a news anchor for Deutsche Welle Television.

From August 2003, she was the BBC Madrid correspondent, travelling around Europe, Southwest Asia and North Africa to cover stories including the deaths of Pope John Paul II and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in a Paris hospital. Adler also reported on the Madrid train bombings. She admitted in an interview in 2019 that she had lied about being able to speak Spanish to get the Madrid correspondent job. Katya Adler later learned the language by listening to Spanish political radio and Mexican soap operas.

From December 2006 Katya Adler was the BBC’s Middle East correspondent, based in Jerusalem but reporting around the region from Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Libya. During this period she was also an occasional presenter or interviewer on HARDtalk.

Katya Adler has also presented a number of one-hour documentaries, such as Mexico’s Drug Wars for BBC2. Her film Spain’s Stolen Babies was runner-up for an RTS award in 2012.

At the end of April 2014 she was appointed the BBC’s Europe editor, replacing Gavin Hewitt. Her appointment was controversial because her LinkedIn profile stated that for 15 years she had regularly facilitated conferences for a number of clients including one for the European Union. This brought about criticism from Conservative Party MPs, including Andrew Bridgen and Philip Davies. Davies stated: “this cosy relationship between the BBC and the European Commission severely undermines your editorial integrity and ability to report matters in a strictly objective manner.” The BBC in written response clarified that Adler had at the time been working freelance for the BBC and a number of other broadcast organisations, and in 19 years had only been paid to chair one EU event in 2005, invited by the UK presidency, not the European Commission.

In early February 2017, the BBC broadcast a documentary by Katya Adler titled After Brexit: the Battle for Europe in which she examined the mounting challenges facing the European Union over the next few years. In June 2017 Adler became one of the four presenters of Brexitcast, a BBC podcast covering Brexit. In September 2019, Brexit Newscast became a regular television broadcast fixture on BBC1, usually following BBC Question Time, as of December 2020.

As of 2019, Katya Adler was paid between £205,000-£209,999, placing her on the list of the highest-paid BBC news and current affairs staff.

Luxmy Gopal

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Luxmy Gopal is an English journalist and famous TV personality. She has been a reporter and news presenter of the program ‘The North Leeds’ for BBC. She likes to travel and is passionate about exploring new places and cultures. She has visited many countries including Italy, Cuba, South Africa, and Spain. She can speak German and English fluently and knows a little French as well.

Luxmy Gopal went to Africa in 2019 on a Safari trip through Kenya and Tanzania, fulfilling one of her childhood dreams. There, she saw the vast wildlife of Africa and witnessed the pride of lions. Sometimes, she is seen do-sitting her family’s German Shepherd dogs.

In the early days of her career, Luxmy Gopal used to work on Sundays for Evening Standard, and Camberley News and Mails from 2010 to 2011. She led interviews, reported from courts, and published articles during this period.

Luxmy Gopal also served as editor for Arts London News in May 2011. From August 2011 to December 2011, she worked with Exaro News as an investigative journalist. There, she worked on the stories on the conflict of interest of the British Parliament members. She started her journey with BBC in September 2011 as a broadcasting journalist and went on to grow further in her career with BBC. She has been a TV reporter and video journalist for BBC since 2016.

 

Annabel Tiffin

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Annabel Tiffin is an English broadcast journalist and presenter, currently working as a main presenter and producer for the BBC regional news programme North West Tonight.

Annabel Tiffin presents the main 6:30 pm programme alongside Roger Johnson as well as weekday late news bulletins and the North West edition of the weekly political programme Sunday Politics. Annabel Tiffin started her second stint presenting Politics North West on Sunday 16th May. This edition going out live across the Country on BBC ONE HD.

Annabel Tiffin moved to Manchester in 1990 to begin work at the Stockport Express Advertiser. She moved into local radio, working for Signal Radio in Stoke and BRMB in Birmingham, before becoming a presenter and reporter for the local cable television station Birmingham Live TV, which Annabel Tiffin launched in 1995 as the first person on air. After 18 months, she moved to Central Television in Nottingham and became a reporter and bulletin presenter for Central News East.

Annabel Tiffin joined BBC North West in 2003 as a presenter and producer for the late North West Tonight bulletin on weekdays. She later became a regular stand-in anchor on the main evening programme before becoming a main anchor in May 2012. Alongside regional news, she has also worked on regional current affairs series Inside Out North West and The Politics Show as well as coverage of local and general elections.

Helen Willetts

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Helen Willetts is a meteorologist on the BBC. She appears regularly on BBC News, BBC World News, BBC Red Button, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio 2. Helen Willetts is an occasional weather forecaster on the BBC News at Ten on BBC One.

Helen Willetts was born in Chester, England. She was educated at Ysgol Eirias (Eirias High School) in Colwyn Bay, Wales. She obtained a first class honours degree in Physics at the University of Nottingham in 1993.

In February 1994, Helen Willetts joined the Met Office to begin a five-month weather forecaster training course at the Met Office College based at the former RAF Shinfield Park.

In July 1994, Helen Willetts moved to the Weather Centre in Cardiff. From 1995, she was a forecaster on both BBC Television and BBC Radio in Wales. In 1997, she joined BBC Weather in London to work for BBC News.

In March 2006, Helen Willetts was awarded the Television and Radio Industry Club (TRIC) award for best TV weather presenter.

Natalie Pinkham

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Natalie Pinkham was born in Buckinghamshire to barrister mother Joy, and property developer John, Natalie Pinkham and her older DJ brother Sam, who presents the early morning show for Virgin Radio, were raised at the family home in Northants. Natalie Pinkham was educated at Queenswood School, an independent boarding school with fellow presenter and friend Georgie Thompson; and then as a day girl at Rugby School, before studying politics at the University of Nottingham. A capable 800m runner, she gave up the event to study at university.

After graduation, she joined Endemol as a researcher on BBC Two’s Ready Steady Cook, and then as an assistant producer on International King of Sports. She then worked for IMG/TWI as an assistant producer on Superstars.

Moving in front of the camera, she hosted the Isle of Man TT races for Men and Motors, reported from the Tennis Masters Cup in the United States for Sky Sports and fronted Chelsea F.C.’s Blues News. Pinkham co-hosted ITV4’s World Cuppa with Absolute Radio’s Christian O’Connell and BBC Radio Five Live’s Steve Bunce during the 2006 FIFA World Cup; whilst also presenting an internet World Cup show for Nobok Sports site. In recent years Natalie Pinkham has also hosted the International Rugby Awards with Joel Stransky in 2004; the SALSA fashion show in 2004 with Craig Doyle; GOAL’s Aura of Asia fundraising event with Liz Bonnin in 2005 and Extreme Sports Channel’s coverage of the Euro Beach Soccer League and the Beach Soccer World Cup Draw with Eric Cantona in 2006. Along with ITV Fixers ‘The Big Fix’, The Salon Prive dinner and the Boodles Tennis Invitational, all in 2010.

Natalie Pinkham has also been a poker presenter, becoming the face of The Poker Channel for two years – hosting the British Poker Open, the World Cup of Poker, The Scandinavian Poker Awards with Mads Mikkelsen in 2007 and a How to Play Poker DVD for Virgin Games. She also penned interviews with some of the world’s top pros and filmed the European Poker Tour for Challenge and Eurosport.

Scheduled to present Heart London’s Friday evening show from January 2008, on 7 January 2008 it was officially announced that she would be competing in ITV1’s Dancing on Ice, partnered with Russian Andrei Lipanov and being taught to skate by ice legends Torvill and Dean. Natalie Pinkham was reported to earn £35,000 for taking part but exited in Week 2 on 20 January 2008 after a skate-off with ex-Blue Peter presenter Tim Vincent and his partner Viktoria Borzenkova.

In 2009, Natalie Pinkham co-hosted The Goodwood Festival of Speed with Steve Rider and in 2009 and 2010 co-hosted The Goodwood Revival with Craig Doyle and Ben Fogle, respectively. In 2010, Pinkham guest presented Channel 5’s Live from Studio Five and continued to be a regular panelist on The Wright Stuff. She also hosted the World Series of Poker Europe for ESPN.

It was confirmed on 13 January 2011 that Natalie Pinkham was to join BBC Radio 5 Live’s Formula 1 commentary team as a pit lane reporter for the 2011 season – a role she took up beginning with the 2011 Australian Grand Prix.

In December 2011, it was announced she was working for Sky Sports covering the 2012 F1 season. Her main role for the 2012 season was pit reporting throughout the practice sessions, qualifying and the race alongside other commitments like interviews. For 2013, she replaced close friend Georgie Thompson as host of The F1 Show and over following years has become a key member of the Sky Sports F1 team.

In 2021, Natalie Pinkham became the first woman to commentate on a Formula One session on British television when she led Sky’s commentary of first practice at the 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix, working alongside Karun Chandhok and Jenson Button.