Rachael Bland

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Rachael Bland (née Hodges) is a Welsh journalist, currently[when?] presenting news on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC North West Tonight.

After training as a broadcast journalist, Bland presented news bulletins on BBC Wiltshire. She then moved to BBC Radio 5 Live, at first reading the news on Richard Bacon's show. Bland started to present sports on television, as well as acting as a relief and weekend presenter on the BBC News Channel.[1]

Since BBC Radio 5 Live moved to MediaCityUK, Salford Quays, in 2011, Bland has started to present on BBC North West Tonight as both a newsreader and as the main relief presenter.

Bland is a part-time triathlete, and competed in the 2010 Mazda London Triathlon raising funds for Breast Cancer Care.[2] Bland has completed the London marathon every year since 2010.[3] In September 2013 she married the BBC 5 Live producer Steve Bland. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016.[4]


  1. ^ Neil Midgley (6 November 2010). "BBC strike sees ragbag of presenters take to the airwaves". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Seven Reasons to Watch Rachael Hodges on BBC News". 7reasons.org. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  3. ^ Andy Dill (13 April 2012). "A Marathon task for Will and Rachael". BBC Radio 5 Live. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "BBC presenter battling breast cancer to launch Race for Life at Tatton Park". Knutsford Guardian. Retrieved 26 October 2017.