Anna Ford, News Presenter, After Dinner Speaker, Journalist, Awards Host, Facilitator, Anna has been the presenter of the BBC’s One O’ Clock News since it re-launched in 1999. Anna's main break into television was in 1974 when she joined Granada Television as a researcher, working on numerous local and educational programmes. In 1976 she joined the BBC's "Man Alive" team and then moved on to "Tomorrow's World" before joining ITN in 1978 where she stayed until 1981 when she moved to TV-AM. Since then, Anna has worked as a freelance TV Presenter and broadcaster.

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Background

Anna has been the presenter of the BBC’s One O’ Clock News since it re-launched in 1999.

Anna's main break into television was in 1974 when she joined Granada Television as a researcher, working on numerous local and educational programmes. In 1976 she joined the BBC's "Man Alive" team and then moved on to "Tomorrow's World" before joining ITN in 1978 where she stayed until 1981 when she moved to TV-AM. Since then, Anna has worked as a freelance TV Presenter and broadcaster.

Areas of Expertise

She joined the Six O' Clock News on BBC1 in 1989 and has regularly presented the "Today" programme and "Woman's Hour" on Radio 4, as well as standing in for Jimmy Young on BBC Radio 2. May 1999 saw her taking over the role of solely presenting the lunchtime news on BBC 1 at 1pm.

Not confining herself to news-reading, guest appearances have included “Have I Got News For You” and a singing role in BBC Television’s “Stars Sing The Beatles”.

Before joining the BBC Anna was a staff tutor in Social Studies at the Open University in Northern Ireland, after attending Manchester University where she attained a BA honours degree and postgraduate diploma. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law in 1998, and was elected Chancellor of the University of Manchester in 2001.

She regularly chairs seminars and hosts conferences and award ceremonies, as well as giving after dinner speeches.

Recent clients have included SmithKline Beecham, ICL, The Royal Mail, Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, The Financial Times and The Evening Standard.

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