Minchin in 2012
|Born||Louise Mary Grayson
8 September 1968
British Hong Kong
|Education||University of St. Andrew's|
|Notable credit(s)||BBC Breakfast
BBC News Channel
BBC News at One
The One Show
|Spouse(s)||David Minchin (m. 1998)|
She has guest hosted The One Show a number of times since 2010.
Minchin was born Louise Mary Grayson in 1968 in Hong Kong (then a British colony) to a father who was a Major in the Irish Guards of the British Army, Minchin was educated at St Mary's School, Ascot and has a degree in Spanish from the University of St Andrews.
Minchin has worked for the Latin American section of the BBC World Service during a year in Argentina, the Today programme, Five and various local radio stations. In 2006 she toured the country in a converted bus meeting England fans as part of the World Cup coverage for BBC News.
She started work for Radio 5 Live in 1998, the same year that she married David Minchin. She presented many of the station's main programmes, including Drive and Breakfast. Between September 2003 and April 2012, she was a regular BBC News channel presenter, initially working alongside Jon Sopel from 7pm to 10pm. Minchin then presented the 2pm to 5pm slot, also with Sopel, sharing this shift with Emily Maitlis. She was also one of the main relief presenters for the BBC News at One until April 2012.
In 2006-07, Minchin was a relief presenter on BBC Breakfast while Kate Silverton covered for main anchor Sian Williams. After Williams returned, she continued to co-host the programme and, from July 2010 until April 2012, she was the regular weekend presenter of the show. On 12 December 2011 the press announced that Minchin would become a main presenter of BBC Breakfast when the programme moves to Salford, along with current main presenters Bill Turnbull, Susanna Reid and Charlie Stayt. The first edition of Breakfast from Salford was presented on Tuesday 10 April 2012.
From 21 April 2008 Minchin presented a weekday programme called Missing Live along with Rav Wilding. The programme was shown at 9:15am after BBC Breakfast on BBC One and ran for 4 weeks. The show returned for a second four-week run from 16 March 2009, and again in March 2010, highlighting both new cases and those previously featured with updates.
In April 2010 Minchin co-presented The One Show for a week alongside Chris Hollins while regular hosts Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley were unavailable. She covered again when the show returned in July 2010 for two weeks alongside Matt Baker and one episode with Matt Allwright.
Minchin and Gethin Jones presented documentary series Crime and Punishment, which began on BBC One on 12 March 2012.
Other television work
Minchin is a supporter of SOS Children's Villages, an international orphan charity providing homes and mothers for orphaned and abandoned children. She currently supports the charity's annual World Orphan Week campaign which takes place each February.
Minchin helped support Sense-National Deafblind and Rubella Association when she interviewed celebrity photographer Dave Hogan for Deafblind Awareness Week 2009. She is also hosting the Sense Annual Awards later on this year. Minchin has also taken part in "Around the World in 80 days" for Children in Need. Minchin is a great supporter of the charity Missing People, which provides support for missing children, vulnerable adults and families left in limbo.
- From marriage record
- Louise Minchin BBC Newswatch
- Louise MInchin BBC Breakfast presenters
- "BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin on leaving London behind for a new life in Chester". cheshirelife.co.uk. 11 November 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
- Newsreader Louise Minchin lands BBC Breakfast sofa spot Nicola Methven, Daily Mirror, 9/12/2011
- Chris Hollins to stand in for Adrian Chiles on The One Show The Mirror, 9 April 2010
- BBC One Programmes - Around the World in 80 Days, Episode 4
- Byrne, Paul (11 April 2013). "BBC presenter Louise Minchin says life in North is miles better than the South". mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
|Deputy Presenter of BBC News at One
2006 – 2009
|Deputy Female Presenter of BBC Breakfast
2012 – 2014
|Main Female Presenter of BBC Breakfast
2014 – present