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Celebrity MasterChef profile: Julia Somerville


Best known for: Delivering the day’s news to the nation for decades

Biography: Veteran newscaster Julia Somerville is probably one of the best known newsreaders in Britain, having served at both the BBC and ITN.

She began working at the BBC in the 1970s as a sub-editor in the radio newsroom and went on to become a reporter in 1978. From there she rose through the ranks to eventually become the host of the Nine O’Clock News. She was also the news anchor on the October 1984 broadcast featuring the famine report that is said to have inspired Bob Geldof to launch Live Aid.

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Somerville moved to ITN in 1987. There she worked on the Lunchtime News and News at Ten, taking a brief break to recover from surgery to remove a brain tumour in the early 1990s. She remained with the News at Ten team until 1999 and presented LBC’s London Life, a two-hour radio show, between 1999 and 2001.

She made something of a comeback to TV news in the late 2000s, anchoring on the BBC News channel and occasionally presenting BBC Breakfast and the BBC Weekend News on BBC1.

More recently you might have spotted her hosting Rip Off Britain, BBC1’s consumer-friendly series, which aims to expose scams and – you guessed it – rip offs.


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