Ginny Buckley

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Ginny Buckley[1] is a British journalist, radio and television presenter.

Early life[edit]

Buckley was born and brought up in Rochdale, England,[2] before moving to Australia at the age of 18.

She started her career early, appearing regularly from the age of 12 for BBC local radio in Manchester, where she presented a children's radio programme. At the age of 12 she appeared on the iconic BBC children's programme Multi-Coloured Swap Shop,[3] where she interviewed Noel Edmonds, David Bellamy and the pop group Sad Café.[citation needed]

Buckley also worked as an actress appearing in numerous plays for BBC Radio and studied Performance Arts and Media Studies at Oldham’s Grange Arts Centre.[citation needed]

Broadcasting career[edit]

At the age of 18, Buckley moved to Australia; she lived in Sydney and worked for several years in commercial radio.[3] She worked as a junior in the newsroom at 2UW and later at Triple M, first in the news room and then as a producer for the top-rated show Club Veg.

She went on to beat 600 other applicants to present a new children's television programme for the Nine Network in Australia and went on to present a children's news programme C'mon Kids, along with Hey, Hey, It's Saturday, in which she worked with Jason Donovan.

Buckley returned to Britain in the mid-1990s and worked for Granada Television in Manchester, where she was a reporter on the regional news programme 'Granada Tonight'.[4] She also presented ITV's Bodycheck[4] and Taste for Travel.

Buckley is passionate about cars and following the launch of Granada Men and Motors in 1996 presented their motoring programmes.

In 2001, Buckley joined the flagship BBC One travel programme Holiday first as a reporter and later as the main anchor, following on from Craig Doyle.[5][6] She left in 2005 when she was replaced by Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen.[1] She also presented the BBC One spin-off programme Holiday 10 Best.

Buckley returned to her news background in 2005 when she joined Sky News[1][4] (2005–07), anchoring their afternoon output.

Buckley has also presented a BBC Two documentary on the environmental impact of travel, entitled Should I Really Give Up Flying[7] and has also presented the flagship ITV1 Current Affairs programme Tonight.[8][9]

In June 2010, she co-hosted Crimewatch Roadshow on BBC One alongside Rav Wilding.[2]

As of August 2014, she is now co-presenter of the internet car review site, CarBuyer. She joined after the previous co-presenter, Rebecca Jackson, left.

Acting[edit]

Buckley made her television acting debut in 2008, playing a newsreader on The Bill.

Writing[edit]

Buckley went on to write regularly about cars and transport for many national newspapers and magazines and became the first female motoring editor of a national newspaper when she took on the role at the News of the World.[4][10] She has also written various travel and consumer articles.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Buckley lives in London with her partner, and is a mother of one.[2] She is a passionate supporter of Manchester United, and is a trustee of the club's charity, the Manchester United Foundation.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Wylie, Ian (15 June 2005). "Sky's the limit for Holiday girl". Manchester Evening News (M.E.N. Media). 
  2. ^ a b c Rav Wilding to be joined by Ginny Buckley for Crimewatch Roadshow on BBC One Daytime BBC Press Office, 30 April 2010
  3. ^ a b Buckley lands 'dream job' on Holiday Press Gazette, 14 May 2004
  4. ^ a b c d Sky News strengthens presenting team Sky Press Office, 10 June 2005
  5. ^ Barrett, Patrick (10 May 2004). "NoW's Buckley to host Holiday Programme". MediaGuardian (London: Guardian News and Media). 
  6. ^ Blair's celebrity spree at Chequers (oh, and you paid) Mail Online, 26 July 2007
  7. ^ "Up and away?". BBC News. 21 December 2006. 
  8. ^ We love factual - Holiday Horrors Unpackaged: Tonight, ITV1, 8pm Mirror, 16 January 2009
  9. ^ Rogue clampers given a 'licence to print money', says AA chief Mail Online, 17 August 2008
  10. ^ Ginny Buckley Bags A Nissan 350Z Roadster Car Pages, 20 October 2004
  11. ^ Could you shop for a fortnight without food packaging? Mail Online, 24 October 2007
  12. ^ Manchester United Foundation

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