How did a Wirral schoolgirl become TV's highest-paid newsreader?; Answer: Brains, guts and hard work.Byline: Mike Hornby
ONCE a happy primary schoolgirl in Heswall, the new big name in TV learned the lesson that perseverance is the name of the game.
BBC-TV's Ten O'Clock News presenter Fiona Bruce Fiona Bruce (born 25 April, 1964 in Singapore) is a British journalist and television presenter in the United Kingdom. Since joining the BBC in 1989, she has gone on to present many programmes for the corporation including the Ten O'Clock News, Real Story and is set to become the corporation's highest paid news reader after clinching a pounds 400,000- a year deal to present Call My Bluff This article is about the game show. For the dice game also known by this name, see Liar's dice.
Call My Bluff is a long-running British game show (adapted for BBC television by Philip Hindin from a short-lived US Goodson-Todman show of the same and a number of other projects.
None of it might have happened but for a stroke of luck when she met the then Panorama editor, Tim Gardam Tim Gardam is a British journalist and educator. He is the son of the novelist Jane Gardam. He studied at Westminster School and gained a double first in English from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. , now Director of Programmes for Channel 4, at a wedding -and her determination to make the most of the contact.
Fiona pestered him continually for months until he eventually gave her an interview. It landed her as a job as a Panorama researcher. Once in the job she found herself being sent to locations throughout Europe, the Gulf, Kurdistan and the US. In 1992, she moved on to become a reporter on BBC's Breakfast News, before joining BBC South East BBC South East is the BBC English Region producing local television, radio, web and teletext content for Kent and East Sussex. It is easily the smallest of the BBC regions, although covering a population of over 2.5m. to host their regional current affairs current affairs npl → (noticias fpl de) actualidad f
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In 1994, Fiona became a reporter for BBC BBC
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She joined Nick Ross on Crimewatch in 1999 replacing the murdered Jill Dando.
Fiona has been presenting the Six o'Clock News since May 1999 but earlier this month, after the BBC News revamp, Fiona became the second presenter on the Ten O'Clock News.
Because the role is part-time, she presents the bulletin on Fridays and when Huw Edwards is on holiday. Married to husband Nigel, she has a daughter Mia, three and a four year-old son, Sam. She juggles their care with her demanding career.
But new role will mean an even busier time ahead. As well as taking on the mantle of Bob Holness, she will continue to read the 10 o'clock news and launch a new current affairs programme.
Fiona attended the Heswall Primary School in the early 1970s when her father John worked for Unilever in Port Sunlight.
After quickly rising through the company ranks, John was moved the Lever's head office in Kingston-upon-Thames and eventually became the company chairman.
Like father, like daughter, Fiona has enjoyed speedy progress in one of the nation's best-known businesses.
After leaving Wirral, she attended Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College in New Cross, London and Hertford College, Oxford where she gained an MA in French and Italian.
Despite an interest in news, politics and current affairs, Fiona did not choose to go immediately into journalism after leaving university. She worked for a year in management consultancy for one of the top firms before joining the frantic advertising world where she worked for a couple of years. Then came the stroke of luck . . . and her resolve not to let it slip through her fingers.
Q FIONA: It's; what -and who you know; ANTI-CRIME: Fiona with Crimewatch co-star Nick Ross