Winifred Robinson

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Winifred Robinson (born 7 December 1957[1]) is a BBC Radio presenter working on the You and Yours programme.

Early life[edit]

Robinson was born in Liverpool, the fourth of six daughters of a docker and a housewife. She attended Notre Dame Collegiate School (now Notre Dame Catholic College, Liverpool), a girls' RC grammar school in Everton Valley.

In 1979 she graduated from Liverpool University[2] with a degree in English.


Robinson began her career on the Ormskirk Advertiser newspaper, and later moved to local radio, and the local television news Northwest Tonight.[3] She has also presented File on 4. Robinson became a reporter on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme in 1995,[2] and briefly was a presenter, but was reportedly 'passed over' because of her Liverpool accent, an accusation the BBC has denied, and Sarah Montague was appointed.[4]

Robinson joined You and Yours, but continues to present documentaries on social issues, an area she previously tackled as a Today reporter. In 2007 Robinson revisited the Norris Green housing estate in Liverpool, where she spent most of her formative years, for a radio documentary, examine problems the area faced.[5] Robinson has also written for the Daily Mail and The Independent newspapers.

Personal life[edit]

Winifred Robinson is married to the writer and journalist Roger Wilkes;[6] they have one son, Tony, and live in Oxfordshire.


  1. ^ "Winifred Robinson". Debrett's People of Today. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b You and Yours, BBC presenter page
  3. ^ You and Yours webpage, BBC site
  4. ^ "Leader: Accentuate the positive", The Guardian, 19 February 2001
  5. ^ Return to the Norris Green estate:, BBC News, 8 September 2007
  6. ^ Winifred Robinson "The motherhood myth: The misery of being a mother", Daily Mail, 14 December 2007