She was a BBC TV continuity announcer from 1958–61 and also an experienced journalist who had worked on Panorama and Town and Around. She was given the job to read the 6pm news and weekend bulletins on Sunday evenings, due to pressure from rivals ITN, who had had a female newscaster, Barbara Mandell, since its launch in 1955.
She began on 19 June 1960, but BBC Audience research concluded that viewers thought a woman reading the late news was "not acceptable" and she was removed from the role in March 1961. She remained the only woman to have read the national news on BBC TV until 1975, when Angela Rippon began a much longer spell as a newsreader.
After stepping down from reading the news, Winton remained a TV and radio news reporter and interviewer. She was also a regular panelist on the radio panel game, Treble Chance. She was formerly married to actor Charles Stapley who had appeared as Ted Hope in Crossroads.
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In Italy and Spain they have women newsreaders who are beautiful and sexy too. We're afraid of that here.
- Bruce, Fiona (2 July 2004). "Women on the news". News Update. London: BBC Online. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
…Fiona Bruce still regards it as the best job going, and celebrates the formidable women who have gone before her.
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- Nan Winton biodata[dead link]