Carole Walker (born 1960/1961) is a former political news correspondent with the BBC. She was also an occasional relief presenter on its news channel. She left the BBC at the end of March 2017.
At the BBC, Walker often fronted major events such as British general elections.
She worked for the BBC for more than 30 years. As a war correspondent she covered the fall of the Soviet Union, the Gulf War and the civil wars in Somalia and the Balkans. Since 1997, she concentrated on covering UK politics and in September 2012 presented the BBC Two daily political programme Daily Politics.
In April 2011, when she was 50, Walker openly criticised the then BBC Director General Mark Thompson for failing to curb the corporation's alleged "ageist" attitude towards women. In the BBC's in-house magazine, Ariel, Walker asserted that Thompson had broken his pledge to give her more presenting shifts.
Walker has two children.
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