Alexis Bowater

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Alexis Bowater (born c. 1969) is a former British television journalist and presenter.

Biography[edit]

The daughter of Sir Euan, 3rd Baronet Bowater and Lady Bowater,[1] Alexis was born and brought up in Chagford, Devon.[2] She graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne with a bachelor's degree in English and Geography. She graduated from Bristol University with an MSc in International Politics, Economics and Social Policy.

Career[edit]

Bowater became a reporter for the Express & Echo newspaper in Exeter. She joined Westcountry Television in 1995 as a newsroom researcher, before becoming a presenter/producer for Westcountry News opt-out bulletins during GMTV, alongside reporting duties.[3]

Bowater later became a presenter/producer for late night & weekend bulletins and a stand-in anchor for the main evening programme, Westcountry Live, before becoming a full-time main anchor in 2003. She has also contributed to a number of non-news regional programmes for Westcountry including output for the station's Britain on the Move and People's Millions campaigns.[4]

Bowater left the station in February 2009 when ITV Westcountry merged with ITV West, signalling the end of Westcountry Live.

Personal life[edit]

After leaving ITV, Bowater became a full-time mother to her two young children.[1]

While pregnant in 2006 and 2008, she was cyber-stalked by Alexander Reeve, 24, who sent her 26 messages in one five-month period. Reeve, from Looe, Cornwall, pleaded guilty at Plymouth Crown Court to five counts of communicating false information with intent and causing fear of violence. He also admitted twice communicating false information that a bomb was in the ITV studios at Language Science Park.[1][2] Reeve was sentenced to four years and one month in jail.

Bowater subsequently became the Chief Executive for the Network for Surviving Stalking.[5] In April 2010 the NSS in collaboration with the Suzy Lamplugh Trust and Protection Against Stalking launched the world's first National Stalking Helpline.[6]

Bowater stepped down as CEO of NSS after successfully campaigning to have stalking included in The Istanbul Convention to combat Violence Against Women and Girls. The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence entered force on 1 August 2014. The new stalking laws to protect victims in the UK came into force on 25 November 2012.

Alexis Bowater now runs Bowater Communications, a PR and Communications company specialising in strategy, media training, press relations, videos and consultancy.

She also set up Community Interest Company Beach Schools South West, an award-winning organisation which takes children out of the classroom and onto the beach for curriculum-linked outdoor learning.

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