Louise Hulland (born in Burnley, Lancashire) is an English presenter and journalist currently working for BBC Watchdog, Inside Out and presenting on BBC Local Radio. In 2014 Louise presented a series about crime in London for London Live where she investigated rape in bogus minicabs and girls exploited by gangs. She was educated at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School and St. Chad's College, University of Durham where she graduated with a 2:1 in theology, and also studied criminology. Hulland is also passionate about raising awareness of HIV in young people in the UK, and the issue of sexual assaults on public transport.
Louise can be seen reporting for Watchdog (BBC One), Inside Out (BBC One) and is a regular presenter on BBC Radio Oxford, BBC Essex, BBC London 94.9, BBC Radio Manchester, BBC Radio Lancashire and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.
Louise is a regular face on BBC One's Watchdog, where she has fronted the show's coverage on controversial chemical MI, as well as investigating credit reference agencies and packaged bank accounts. She also reports for BBC One's Inside Out (on the rise of female bouncers and minicab touts). In 2014, Louise fronted a series of documentaries for London Live. She directed, produced and presented Girl on Girl (on girls in gangs) and produced and presented Wrong Way Home (on unlicensed mincabs). Louise has also reported for Watchdog Daily on BBC One, ITV London News for ITV1, and Live with Gabby on Channel 5. She also regularly hosts FYI bulletins for ITV2.
An award winning journalist, Louise has more than ten years experience in news and current affairs. As a reporter and news producer for the BBC and ITN, Louise has worked on some of the biggest stories of the last decade - in the UK and around the world. Whether it's for TV, radio or online, Louise's experience and versatility means she is as at home reading news bulletins on TV as she is producing 24-hour rolling news.
Louise was named an Up and Coming Radio star by The Independent when her first documentary (which she made aged 24) won her a Gold Sony Radio Academy Award. Missing the Message, about the rise of HIV in UK youngsters, was broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and won rave reviews from The Telegraph, The Observer (Sue Arnold described it as "one of the most hard-hitting programmes I have ever heard") and Heat magazine. Louise has also produced a BBC Radio 4 documentary called Ladies on the Door about a granny bouncer, and has also produced two highly acclaimed documentaries for ITV2 on the death of Amy Winehouse - A Tribute and Her Life and Legacy. For London Live, as well as producing and directing her own documentaries, Louise also Exec Produced Beggar Off and directed Jail Birds. In 2015 she produced The Krays: The Prison Years for the Discovery Channel about Ronnie Kray and Reggie Kray.
Radio is Louise's first love. She can be regularly heard presenting on BBC Local Radio round the UK, in particular on BBC Radio Manchester and BBC Radio Lancashire on The Late Show and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, BBC Essex and BBC Radio Oxford, and as a guest on BBC Radio London and LBC 97.3. Louise started her career as a radio news reporter and co-presenter on Weekend Breakfast for BBC Radio Lancashire before moving to BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat. Louise then went on to be a showbiz reporter for the commercial radio networks. Since then, Louise has presented for BBC Radio 2's Arts Show and BBC Radio Devon and BBC Radio Bristol. As a producer, Louise has worked for BBC Radio 1 on Chris Moyles, Jo Whiley, Sara Cox and The Sunday Surgery. For BBC Radio 2 Louise has produced Steve Wright and Sir Terry Wogan.
Arts and Entertainment
As a radio and television reporter, Louise has covered countless award ceremonies (BAFTAs and Oscars) and red carpet premieres. Louise has interviewed the likes of Tom Cruise, Kylie Minogue, Michael Douglas, Simon Cowell, Julie Andrews and Britney Spears. In her time on the showbiz desk Louise covered the trial and subsequent death of Michael Jackson, and the deaths of both Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston.
Hulland narrated Kate and Wills: A Royal Love Story for ITV2 on the engagement of Kate Middleton and Prince William, and has been a continuity announcer for BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, Channel One, Virgin One and Trouble TV.
She is also passionate about raising awareness of HIV in young Britons, and was on the board of charity Health Initiatives, run by her close friend Clint Walters until his death in 2010.
In October 2012, Hulland became an Angel for Global Angels, set up by Molly Bedingfield (mother of Natasha Bedingfield and Daniel Bedingfield), which helps to combat poverty and trafficking of children.
Louise also supports The Mariposa Trust and Sepsis UK
Hulland is a winner of the Gold Sony Radio Academy Award, for her documentary Missing the Message.