Amanda Piper was raised in Margate and progressed through the local education system, before heading off to University with an interest in drama and a desire to be an actress. Whilst at University and in her early career she did a lot of free works experience, working on famous shows such as Channel 4’s ‘The Big Breakfast’ and on ‘Children’s BBC’, all behind the scenes. It was these experiences that prompted her to return to college to study journalism.
Amanda began her career with a low-key job working on local radio in Kent before a friend introduced her to West Country TV, who snapped her up. She began her career with them as a junior journalist, doing all the jobs nobody wanted to, before working her way up to the presenter. In 1993, Amanda joined ITV and started work with Meridian TV, covering the main issues on the South Coast and the South-East of England.
During this time, and right up to now, she has worked as a writer, researcher, producer, and reporter. She has often substituted as a weather presenter and joint host of ‘Meridian Tonight’. She also now works on ‘Daybreak’ ITV’s popular early morning news magazine show, presenting the local news for the Meridian area on bulletins throughout the morning.
Juliet Sear is a baking expert, cook, food stylist, TVpresenter and international best-selling author, who prides herself on writing easy to follow recipes and bakes for home cooks who love to entertain. Her down to earth style makes her a favourite with amateur bakers in the UK, Australia, the US and beyond.
She is the go-to expert for out of the ordinary food challenges and creative food projects (including experiential, edible art installations).
Juliet Sear often writes for BBC Good Food, Sainsbury’s magazine and regularly appears on ITVs This Morning and has her own ITV show, Beautiful Baking with Juliet Sear.
Over the past 15 years, Juliet Sear has made creations for thousands of people, including high profile celebrities like Kate Moss, Fearne Cotton, Holly Willoughby, McFly, Alexa Chung, Bryan Adams, Prince Harry, Sir Ian McKellen and many others.
Alexandra Marie Dolan is a journalist, weather presenter and science teacher who went undercover for the documentary Undercover Teacher, produced by Allen Jewhurst. For this, she was suspended from teaching for one year by the General Teaching Council with the claim that ‘breached student trust’. The decision has received criticism from both teachers and commentators.
Alex Dolan was born in Cuckfield, in the Mid Sussex district of West Sussex. She has an older brother. After growing up in Cambridge she attended The Leys School, an independent school in Cambridge and Cambridge Centre for Sixth-form Studies, and studied Marine Biology at Newcastle University. In 2019, Dolan moved from Norwich to Cromer.
More recently, Alex Dolan has been employed as a presenter on Sky’s Ocean TV programme Ocean Rescue. She returned to presenting the weather on BBC Look East on 5 January 2016 following maternity leave.
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.
Luxmy Gopal is an English journalist and famous TV personality. She has been a reporter and newspresenter of the program ‘The North Leeds’ for BBC. She likes to travel and is passionate about exploring new places and cultures. She has visited many countries including Italy, Cuba, South Africa, and Spain. She can speak German and English fluently and knows a little French as well.
Luxmy Gopal went to Africa in 2019 on a Safari trip through Kenya and Tanzania, fulfilling one of her childhood dreams. There, she saw the vast wildlife of Africa and witnessed the pride of lions. Sometimes, she is seen do-sitting her family’s German Shepherd dogs.
In the early days of her career, Luxmy Gopal used to work on Sundays for Evening Standard, and Camberley News and Mails from 2010 to 2011. She led interviews, reported from courts, and published articles during this period.
Luxmy Gopal also served as editor for Arts London News in May 2011. From August 2011 to December 2011, she worked with Exaro News as an investigative journalist. There, she worked on the stories on the conflict of interest of the British Parliament members. She started her journey with BBC in September 2011 as a broadcasting journalist and went on to grow further in her career with BBC. She has been a TV reporter and video journalist for BBC since 2016.
Rebecca Jago started her career at Vibe FM radio station, working her way up from researcher to become the co-presenter on the breakfast show. After appearing in a television documentary about Vibe FM, she was spotted by producers of ITVNews Anglia who hired her as their weather presenter, and she also appeared on Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff, where she would introduce phone-in contributors.
In November 2001, Rebecca Jago joined the CBBC children’s news programme Newsround, becoming one of the two main presenters. While she worked on the programme, she appeared on a celebrity version of The Weakest Link but was the first to be eliminated after incorrectly answering the 50/50 question, “What is the safest way to read a firework instruction manual – A torch or a match?”
Rebecca Jago joined Capital London on 28 February 2003 to be Chris Tarrant’s foil on Capital Breakfast. She stayed with the new host Johnny Vaughan after Tarrant left in 2004, but her involvement ended when her contract ended in December 2004. She then had stints as a reporter on GMTV’s Entertainment Today programme, and Sky Sports News, before returning to ITV Anglia in May 2005 as a feature reporter and presenter. Since 12 February 2009, Jago has been the co-presenter of ITV News Anglia, alongside Jonathan Wills.
Kimberley Leonard is the World News anchor on Sky News. Based in London, she has over 15 years of international experience, working as an anchor, reporter and producer for some of the world’s leading news channels.
A native Kenyan, Kimberley spent nearly a decade working in the Gulf before moving to the UK in 2015. During her time in Dubai, Kimberley worked as a reporter and anchor on the Business Desk, where she cultivated an interest in the hotel sector.
Kimberley has been on air for numerous breaking news events, including the removal of Robert Mugabe from power in Zimbabwe, the historic summit between Moon Jae-In and Kim Jong Un, the Grenfell Tower disaster and the Manchester bombing.
Ellie Crisellworked for The Mail on Sunday for a year, and then for a year in radio, before joining the ITV regional station, Tyne Tees Television, as a reporter and newsreader for North East Tonight.
Ellie Crisell began as a Newsround presenter in February 2003 shortly after previous chief anchor Becky Jago’s departure. Significant stories which Ellie Crisell reported included the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami in which she travelled to Indonesia to see the effects of the disaster. She also travelled to Athens in Greece to give daily reports on the 2004 Summer Olympics. In addition to serious reports, she also presented more light-hearted stories, including a report on the Harry Potter-inspired rise of magic in the UK that ended with her being sawn in half by a magician in an illusion called Clearly Impossible.
Ellie Crisell has not presented Newsround since returning from maternity leave, and her profile has been taken off the show’s website. On 12 September 2006, Ellie Crisell appeared on Newsnight, her first non-sports based appearance on BBCNews main output.
In November 2006, Ellie Crisell started relief presenting for BBC News. Following a second maternity leave in 2015, Ellie Crisell began presenting South East Today as a stand-in presenter from July onwards.