Steph McGovern

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Steph McGovern
Born Stephanie Rose McGovern
(1982-05-31) 31 May 1982 (age 34)
Middlesbrough, England
Occupation Television presenter and former journalist, however not confirmed

Stephanie Rose "Steph" McGovern (born 31 May 1982) is a British television personality for the BBC known most notably for her work on BBC Breakfast. She was the main business presenter for BBC Breakfast, however her departure is not yet confirmed. She sometimes co-hosts the entire show.

Early life[edit]

McGovern was born in and grew up in Middlesbrough. She went to Kader Primary School then the Macmillan City Technology College (now the Macmillan Academy).

1998-2000: Later school life[edit]

In 1998 at the start of her sixth form studies she won an Arkwright Engineering Scholarship for her potential to be a future leader in the engineering industry (see Arkwright Scholarships). From 1998–2000, in the sixth form, she studied Maths, Physics, Design Technology and Business Studies.[1] At the age of 19 she was awarded 'Young Engineer for Britain',[2] after saving Black & Decker £150,000 a year by improving production techniques used for the Leaf Hog product.[3]

2000-unknown: University studies[edit]

She attended University College London, where she studied Science Communication and Policy in the Department of Science and Technology Studies.


McGovern started at the BBC doing work experience on the Tomorrow's World programme, before securing part-time employment as a researcher in current affairs. She went on to be main producer for daily financial news on the Today programme on Radio 4, before becoming the lead producer of business news on the BBC's One, Six and Ten O'Clock news bulletins, working with the business editor, Robert Peston.

BBC Breakfast[edit]

On 27 August 2012 she made her debut presenting BBC Breakfast alongside Roger Johnson.

While one of the main relief presenters on BBC Breakfast,[4] she also presented the main show during the Christmas holiday in 2012.

She has undertaken a wide range of activities in her business reporting, such as bus driving and visiting shops to discuss rent payments on Christmas Eve 2012.

She was heard swearing off-camera in October 2012, which resulted in Susanna Reid giving an apology on air.[5]

Other television jobs[edit]

Starting in February 2016, she presented Pocket Money Pitch for CBBC. Series 1 consisted of 10 weekly episodes.[6] Since March 2016, she has co-presented Shop Well for Less? with Alex Jones for BBC One.

In June 2016, it was announced that McGovern will join the BBC Watchdog presenting team from the autumn. She will also co-present Can Britain Have a Pay Rise? for BBC Two alongside James O'Brien.

5 Live and subsequent departure[edit]

In 2010 McGovern began presenting for BBC Radio 5 Live, which moved to Salford in 2011. She has presented Wake Up to Money, and is one of the regular presenters on Sunday evening's On the Money. As of February 2017, however, she no longer presents any of the shows aforementioned.

Personal life[edit]

McGovern lives in Middlesbrough and Manchester. She is a schoolfriend of Kay Murray, another Teesside television presenter,[7] and is a supporter of Middlesbrough.[8]

Irish dancing[edit]

She is a former champion Irish dancer and still often attends international competitions, where she helps to coach dancers.[9]

Awards and honours[edit]

In circa 2001 she won the Young Engineer for Britain award. This is the only award she has won as of February 2017.


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Media offices
Preceded by
Simon Jack
Business Presenter: BBC Breakfast
2011 – 2016/2017, TBC
Succeeded by