Shelagh Fogarty

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Shelagh Fogarty
Born (1966-01-13) 13 January 1966 (age 48)
Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Occupation Radio and television presenter; journalist

Shelagh Fogarty (born 13 January 1966 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England) is a radio and television presenter and journalist. She formerly hosted the BBC Radio 5 Live breakfast show with Nicky Campbell.

Early life[edit]

Fogarty is the youngest of seven children. Her Irish parents moved to England in the late 1950s. She went to the Mary Help of Christians R.C. High School, a girls' Catholic grammar school, on Stonebridge Lane in Croxteth. She studied French, Spanish and Portuguese at Durham University, graduating in 1988, and spending a year out in Barcelona. Learning her trade, she worked as a BBC trainee at Radio Humberside, Radio Guernsey, Radio Bristol, Radio Sheffield and Radio Merseyside.

Media career[edit]

Fogarty joined Radio 4 in 1994, and went freelance in 1999.

She then moved on to Radio 5 Live where she co-presented Weekend Breakfast before moving to co-host the Breakfast programme with Nicky Campbell. In April 2011, Fogarty took over from Gabby Logan on the lunchtime show.[1] The show covers news, sport and interviews. Each day there is a special feature. On Mondays the feature is the sports team. Health is covered on Tuesdays. The programme is broadcast from Westminster on Wednesdays when Fogarty is joined by John Pienaar, a guest journalist and three members of parliament to cover Prime Minister's Questions. Thursday's consumer desk includes Martin Lewis. Five Life on Fridays looks at work and lifestyle.

In January 2008, she had a gun pointed at her and her film crew while filming a report for ITV's Tonight with Trevor McDonald, in Croxteth where she was brought up.[2] She had been asked to return to the area to see how safe she felt walking around after dark.

In January 2010 Fogarty joined the presenting team of The Daily Politics, co-hosting the show on Thursdays with Andrew Neil.[3]

In March 2010, she swam a mile in The Serpentine in Hyde Park for Sport Relief 2010.[4]

Awards[edit]

Fogarty won the Sony Silver Award[5] in 2007 for the 5 Live Breakfast programme as Best News and Current Affairs Programme with Nicky Campbell.

Controversy[edit]

Fogarty crossed picket lines during the 2005 BBC strike.[6] At 7am on the day of the strike, Fogarty went on air live, without co-presenter Nicky Campbell and without giving herself a name-check. Sports reporter Alistair Bruce-Ball responded: "Thanks, Shelagh", as she handed over to him. During a December 2009 breakfast show, she chastised rock band Rage Against the Machine for their use of profanity.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Shelagh Fogarty to leave BBC 5 live's breakfast show BBC News, 14 December 2010
  2. ^ "Gun aimed at BBC radio presenter". BBC News. 28 January 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2008. 
  3. ^ "Changing faces at the Daily Politics". BBC News. 17 December 2009. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "5 live's Shelagh Fogarty swims for Sport Relief". BBC. 19 March 2010. Retrieved 28 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "2007 Breakfast Show Award Winners". Sony. Retrieved 28 January 2008. 
  6. ^ "A day for jazz and the news from Indonesia". London: The Guardian. 18 February 2008. Retrieved 8 October 2010. 

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