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SHE started her TV career on Scotland Today before heading for the streets of London. Unlike Dick Whittington, Kirsty Young found them paved with gold in a new job reading the Channel 5 news. Then she left them to join ITV for bigger bucks.

And now she's gone back to Channel 5 and doubled her cash again, hasn't she?

Yes. Ms Young, 33, has just returned to her old job for a reported pounds 500,000. Not bad at all for someone who sits on a desk twice a day and reads out what's happening in the world.

To be fair, there's a little more to it than that, isn't there?

Oh, okay then. She's not a bad newsreader at all. War veteran Kate Adie may think she is one of the blonde bimbo types who are taking over the news, but Kirsty can cut it.

How do you know?

Well, take her September 11 coverage for ITV. She heard about the first plane hitting the Twin Towers on her way to work and, before she knew it, she was miked and on air for a one-minute newsflash that turned into nearly seven hours of non-stop coverage. She even interviewed her husband, businessman Nick Jones, who was in New York at the time, as the second tower crumbled, live on TV.

Okay, She's good at her job then. And she has a good family life, too, doesn't she?

Indeed. Her and hubby Nick, who owns the members-only Soho Club in London, have an 11-month-old baby, Freya, and were recently named as one of style bible Harpers & Queens' top power couples. Eat your heart out Posh and Becks who weren't in it because they weren't considered classy enough.

Hasn't she done well?

Yep. She can safely put ITV flops like The People Versus and Rat Trap - part of her deal at the network - behind her now.

Kirsty Young will read 5 News at 5.30pm and 7.30pm, Monday to Friday, Channel 5
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Date:Jan 12, 2002
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