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A BBC Breakfast presenter has told of the "abuse" she gets from viewers because of her northern accent and the prejudice she encountered from TV bosses before she landed her on-screen role.

Stephanie McGovern, who presents business news on the programme, said her "strong northern accent" still elicits disparaging remarks from viewers.

McGovern, originally from Middlesbrough, told the Radio Times: "Despite being a business journalist at the BBC for 10 years, working behind the scenes on our high-profile news programmes, I was viewed by some in the organisation to be 'too common for telly'.

"I remember at the end of one BBC job interview being told by the manager, 'I didn't realise people like you were clever'. Sad, but true."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 16, 2013
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