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BEEB BOSS PUT SKIDS ON LYNDA'S TV DREAM.

Byline: JOE OLIVER

TOP UTV newsreader Lynda Bryans was once told to forget any ideas she may have harboured about making a career in television.

A local BBC executive gave her the heave-ho with a blunt 'don't call us, we'll call you' message.

But just two years later Lynda was working for the Beeb in London - presenting a string of nationwide shows.

"I suppose he did me a favour really," says Lynda. "It made me all the more determined."

Lynda, 37, started out at UTV as a secretary before moving to the Beeb as personal assistant in the religious affairs department.

"While I was there I started reading news on radio," she recalls. "It was stand-in work and that was when one of the bosses told me I didn't have what it takes.

"But he left and my break into television came when Rose Neill left to have a baby in 1986."

Mum-of-two Lynda joined hubby Mike Nesbitt at Ulster Television five years ago.

The couple also front Anglian Television's religious programme, Sunday Morning.

They are featured in the current issue of VIP magazine as they relax in their turn of the century farmhouse high in the Castlereagh hills.

Lynda admits it would take a lot to persuade her to move.

"We're happy with the house, the trees and the space. It's fun for the children and it's safe," she said.

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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Jul 15, 2001
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