On Friday 1 April NHL presents: Julie Etchingham!

Posted by mjs76 at Mar 28, 2011 12:29 PM |
Last year, Julie Etchingham was named Presenter of the Year at the Royal Television Society journalism awards. Can there be any higher honour? Yes – an invitation to the New History Lab.

News at Ten presenter Julie Etchingham is the special guest at the New History Lab this week, in conversation with Gill Murray on Friday 1 April.

Born and raised in this fair city, Etchingham started her journalistic career while still at school, doing work experience bits and bobs for BBC Radio Leicester and the Leicester Mercury. After reading English at Cambridge, she won a place on a BBC graduateship trainee scheme which led to work on Midlands Today: reporting, presenting, editing and gaining valuable production experience.

In 1994, Etchingham beat a thousand other hopefuls to the plum job of Newsround presenter (taking over the show just as Krishnan Guru-Murthy moved on). When she left, four years later, she was already busy presenting for other BBC news and current affairs shows and had an International Emmy on her mantelpiece, awarded for a Newsround report on Bosnia.

Julie Etchingham reports from Bosnia for Newsround in 1995.

A move to Sky in 2001 saw Etchingham presenting the channel’s breakfast show and also anchoring coverage of the 2005 general election, and in January 2008 she took her seat beside the legend that is Trevor McDonald for the relaunched News at Ten.

Over the years Etchingham has interviewed such globally important figures as Hillary Clinton, Condoleeza Rice, David Cameron and President Zardari of Pakistan. She anchored Sky’s coverage of the Indonesian tsunami and earlier this month was in Japan, covering the aftermath of that country’s recent natural disaster.

But the world of TV news is rife with controversy about ageism and sexism, and that’s what particularly interests the NHL folk: the history of TV news and the way that TV news creates history.

The New History Lab is inordinately excited to welcome Leicester lass done good Julie Etchingham to the Lab this Friday, 1 April 2011, at 1 Salisbury Road. As ever, there’s tea and cake from 4.30pm, history starts at 5.00pm and then, never mind News at Ten, it's Pub at Six!

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