|Born||Julie Anne Etchingham
21 August 1969
|Education||Bachelor of Arts|
|Alma mater||Newnham College, Cambridge|
|Notable credit(s)||ITV News (2008—)
|Spouse(s)||Nick Gardner (m. 1997)|
Julie Anne Etchingham (born 21 August 1969) is a British television newsreader and journalist. She is the co-presenter of ITV News at Ten and is the presenter of the current affairs programme Tonight, having replaced Sir Trevor McDonald in 2010.
Life and career
Etchingham was born and raised in Leicester, where both her parents were teachers. She was educated at the city's English Martyrs Catholic School, then attended Newnham College at the University of Cambridge where she gained a BA (Honours) degree in English. She got her first job in journalism with BBC Radio Leicester whilst still at school.
Etchingham joined the BBC as a graduate trainee journalist. Working at BBC Midlands, she became a presenter on Midlands Today, but soon moved on to present national programmes after moving to London. Her credits at the BBC include BBC's Breakfast News, Newsround (where she beat 1,000 other competitors to the job in 1994) and the corporation's long running Holiday programme.
Etchingham joined Sky News in 2002, where she hosted a number of shows for the channel, including Sky News Today. She was also an occasional presenter on Five News after Sky took over as news provider for Five in January 2005.
On 29 October 2007, during a speech by David Cameron, Etchingham's microphone was left open and an aside was accidentally broadcast during live coverage of the Conservative leader's address. Speaking on the issue of immigration, Mr Cameron said: "Let me outline the action that a Conservative government would take. As we have seen, some of the increase in population size results from natural change – birth rates, death rates. Here our policy should be obvious...." At this point, Etchingham was clearly heard to say: "Extermination." Sky News said afterwards that her comment was "regrettable".
In June 2009, it was reported in the media that the President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, had stopped a plane from flying out of Pakistan after he heard Etchingham was running late after an interview between the two.
In April 2011, Etchingham co-hosted ITV's coverage of the Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton with Phillip Schofield. It was announced in March 2012 that she and Schofield would present the broadcaster's coverage of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in June.
Etchingham is an ambassador for The Prince's Trust charity.
In 1997, Etchingham married the television producer Nick Gardner in Leicester. The couple met whilst both working on the BBC's Newsround programme. They have two sons, both of whom were born in Hammersmith and Fulham, London: Leo Francis (born late 2002/early 2003) and James Joseph (born 2006). Etchingham is a Roman Catholic.
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|Main Presenter of Newsround
|RTS: Television Journalism
Presenter of the Year
|Female co-presenter of ITV News at Ten
2008 – present