Joanne Malin

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(64 votes, average: 3.81 out of 5)


Joanne Malin was born in 1967 to parents Kenneth and Dorothy and has 2 siblings. Joanne Malin is married but has no children. Originally from the Moseley area of Birmingham, Joanne Malin trained to be a dancer at the Italia Conti Academy in London and worked in local theatre productions. Her first professional show was Jack and the Beanstalk with Russ Abbot at the Birmingham Hippodrome, performing as Little Miss Muffet in the chorus. She then did a provincial tour with the show 42nd Street, before taking her next role as Frenchie in a six-month sell-out tour of Grease.

After more panto in Birmingham, she took a nine-month contract dancing on the QE2. At the age of 25, she then switched career and retrained by taking a National Council for the Training of Broadcasting Journalists course at Portsmouth, where she graduated with a distinction and won a prize for Best Documentary. Joanne started out working in the news departments of local radio stations before being hired by Reuters to work on breakfast news bulletins for Virgin Radio.

From here, Joanne Malin switched from radio to television, despite having no previous experience, and joined the infamous cable channel, L!VE TV in London as a newsreader and a stand-in presenter. During her time at the station, she presented coverage of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. In 1998, Malin joined Central Television (where she had already made a few guest appearances in her previous career as a dancer) and became anchorwoman for the West Midlands edition of Central News (later Central Tonight). She has also made appearances in regional programmes broadcast across the whole Central region.

In August 2006, Joanne Malin made the headlines after accidentally swearing during an outside broadcast on Central Tonight. She was in Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire with the Central Tonight tour bus, in overcast weather conditions, when she ad-libbed “…it would be lovely here in the sun, but it’s pissing it down”. Joanne Malin apologised shortly after this on-air mistake.

On 10 October 2008, she announced her decision to leave ITV Central, shortly after the announcement of 60 job losses at the station and a major restructuring of Central News. Joanne Malin presented her final programme for the station on 31 October 2008. A week beforehand, Joanne Malin announced live during an interview on BBC WM that she would be joining the BBC on a two-year contract. She has presented a mid-morning show on BBC WM since February 2009, with a view to contributing to Midlands Today and the West Midlands edition of Inside Out. In early 2012 she moved to the lunchtime slot on BBC WM.

On 11 August 2012 it was announced Joanne Malin would leave the station in September 2012, but she continued to present across the BBC Midlands Today output.

Latterly, she has been a regular weekday presenter on the breakfast, lunchtime and flagship 6.30 programmes along with co-presenters Nick Owen, Mary Rhodes and Sarah Falkland.

She has also returned to the stage on three occasions, in 2007, 2008 and 2013, to appear in pantomimes at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre.

Alice Baxter

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(74 votes, average: 4.12 out of 5)


Alice Baxter was thrilled to join the BBC in the summer of 2012. She currently presents a mixture of news and business programmes across BBC World, the BBC News Channel, BBC One and BBC Two.

Alice Baxter can regularly be seen presenting World Business Report, grilling CEOs, CFOs and politicians from all around the world. Interview highlights have included WPP’s Sir Martin Sorrell, Lloyds of London’s Richard Ward and South Africa’s Minister of Trade & Industry Rob Davies, live from the BRICs summit.

In the news chair, and reporting from the BBC’s World Newsroom, Alice has covered a number of breaking news stories in 2013, including the escalation of tensions in Syria, Egypt and Turkey.

Alice Baxter has also, on occasion, ventured onto the airwaves to present the business segment on the Simon Mayo show on BBC Radio 2.

Prior to joining the BBC, Alice Baxter worked as a presenter at Sky News and in Moscow as a senior international correspondent and presenter for RT where she anchored major news and business stories for over six years, as well as presenting and co-producing an award-winning Russia travel series.

As a correspondent she travelled across the globe, reporting on a range of political, financial and social-interest stories, including a number of extended features from Greenland, the former Yugoslavia, South Ossetia, Austria and South Korea.

A history and drama undergraduate, Alice Baxter holds an MPhil in modern history from Cambridge University and a diploma in broadcast journalism from Cardiff University.

Away from work Alice Baxter tries to make the most of London’s vibrant arts and restaurant scene. A keen traveller and fitness fanatic she also loves to ski and run and cycles pretty much everywhere.

Ria Chatterjee

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(416 votes, average: 4.89 out of 5)


Ria Chatterjee was born on 22 October 1982 in Wales, she is a famous journalist well-known for her work at ITV News London and ITV News. She formerly worked as a journalist for the BBC and Sky News.

Ria Chatterjee was born and raised in Wales but later moved to England with her parents due to some family circumstances. She is now works at ITV news and has been working for them since 2011.

Yes, the TV journalist is married to her fellow journalist named Rags Martel. She is currently living with her husband and his daughter Roxin Martel, born to his former girlfriend.

Ria has been married for quite a long time now. We can see her by Rag’s side when he was suffering from thyroid cancer in 2014. It seems both of them are genuinely in love with each other and are spending a happy marriage.

Ria Chatterjee is born of Welsh nationality however she belongs to the Asian ethnicity. Her parents are Asian. However, there is no information on who her parents are or what their names are. However, Ria has a sister named Rini Chatterjee who is a doctor by profession. Rini has once shared a picture of Ria on her Twitter.

Ria Chatterjee does not have a Wikipedia profile at present. However, her achievements are not any less than a celebrity. She has won many awards for her exceptional work as a journalist.

She owns many honors & awards like Regional Journalist of the Year, Journalist of the year by ITV news, Best Newcomer award from ITV and she was also nominated in the media category for Asian Women of Achievement Awards and News Reporter of the Year. Besides being a journalist, Ria also writes her opinion on The Independent, covering social and political issues.

Ria Chatterjee has successfully set herself as one of the best journalists in the male-dominated media industry. Her achievements and contributions are inspirations to many women.

Liz Bates

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Liz Bates is currently Westminster correspondent for the Yorkshire Post, part of JPI Media. She has previously worked for Politics Home and as a communications officer for Labour MP John Healey.

Originally from Rotherham, Liz Bates said she hopes her background will enable her “to reach out beyond the Westminster bubble and deliver political coverage that is authentic and relevant”.

Liz Bates scooped her rival lobby journalists – the cohort of reporters based in Parliament – earlier this year with a video of Labour MP Chris Williamson telling a Momentum meeting that Labour had been “too apologetic” about the anti-Semitism claims tearing through its ranks.

The story, which ran as an exclusive in the Post, led to his suspension by Jeremy Corbyn’s party.

Liz Bates said she “can’t wait to get started” at Channel 4 News, which she said “continually sets the bar high”, adding: “I’m looking forward to working with the best in the business.”

Channel 4 News editor Ben de Pear added: “Liz is a first rate journalist who has produced a series of notable exclusives but also impressive in how she relentlessly pursued and secured Boris Johnson recently for an interview.

“She has a completely new and fresh take on politics and its place in British society which really impressed us. She will be a wonderful addition to the newsroom.”

Crick, 60, announced his sudden departure from Channel 4 News in April after eight years as political correspondent at the broadcaster. He now works freelance, saying he had not “hung up his boots” as a reporter.

Channel 4 News has also confirmed that Paul McNamara will continue on the politics beat after a successful stint reporting from Westminster.