4 November 1957
Hemel Hempstead, England
|Died||6 March 2019 (aged 61)|
|Occupation||Television presenter and journalist|
Young, Gifted and Broke
Magenta Devine or Magenta De Vine (born Kim Taylor; 4 November 1957 – 6 March 2019) was a British TV presenter, journalist and music promoter best known for presenting the youth programmes Rough Guide and Reportage on BBC2 in the 1990s. She later presented Young, Gifted and Broke for ITV.
Devine originally worked for Tony Brainsby, a publicist for Queen, Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake. While still living with boyfriend Tony James, she became the music promoter for James's new band Sigue Sigue Sputnik. She began her television career in 1986 as a presenter of BBC Wales's pop music show Juice. Following her breakup with James, producer Janet Street-Porter booked Devine to be a presenter on Channel 4's youth programme Network 7. She then moved after Street-Porter to BBC2 to present DEF II, of which Rough Guide was a feature before it became a separate programme.
Devine appeared on Richard & Judy in 2004, and on Extreme Celebrity Detox in 2005. Her voice-over work included advertisements for Peugeot, Motorola, Toyota and Sea France. In 2006, Devine fronted an Office of Fair Trading campaign that urged consumers in the travel market to book with a member of ABTA. In 2015, she narrated a BBC Four programme on the New Romantic movement.
Later life and death
Devine died on 6 March 2019, after a short illness for which she was undergoing treatment at a central London hospital. She was 61 years old.
- BBC Wales's pop music show Juice, presenter
- Channel 4's youth programme Network 7
- BBC2's DEF II
- BBC2's Rough Guides to the World
- Young, Gifted and Broke ITV documentary series
- Extreme Celebrity Detox (2005)
- BBC Four programme on the New Romantic movement as narrator
- Big Mouth, an aftershow of Big Brother, as guest panellist
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