Julie Etchingham

BBC News Correspondent

Julie Etchingham presents the flagship ‘News at Ten and ‘Tonight‘ for ITV. In 2015, she made history as the first woman to moderate a General Election debate – and the only debate with all 7 Party Leaders. She also co-anchored the channel’s Election Night coverage – and had a leading role as anchor in the coverage of the 2017 Election. She interviewed in depth all five main party leaders for the Tonight programme.

Previously she also anchored ITV‘s acclaimed coverage of the Royal Weddings of both Prince William to Catherine Middleton and Prince Harry to Meghan Markle. She has been a key anchor for their US election programmes. She has interviewed the past five Prime Ministers – as well as major figures such as Hillary Clinton, Condoleeza Rice, Aung San Suu Kyi, Christine Lagarde, Cherie Blair and Angelina Jolie.  She interviewed Prince William and Prince Harry in Lesotho in 2010, and in 2013 she presented live from Rome as the news of the election of Pope Francis was announced. In April 2014, she secured the first British television interview with Pope Francis, as she moderated a conference on Human Trafficking at the Vatican. She has a special interest in the issue of Modern Slavery and has reported widely on the subject – in Nigeria, Italy and the UK. Julie is a patron of several charities, including Anti-Slavery International. She has moderated several conferences at the Vatican for the Santa Marta Group, which supports survivors worldwide of modern slavery.

Her work on the ‘Tonight‘ programme – Britain’s most watched current affairs programme – has covered everything from domestic violence to transgender children, to the Brexit crisis.  She presented two special programmes from Paris and Brussels in the wake of major terrorist attacks – and more recently did the same after the Manchester Terror Attack and the Grenfell Tower disaster.

She has reported for the current affairs strand ‘Exposure’ looking at domestic slavery and, in 2019, a hard-hitting programme on teenage mental health and its treatment at The Priory. She recently fronted a documentary on the Jill Dando murder and on the bi-centenary of Queen Victoria’s birth – fronted a programme alongside Sir Trevor MacDonald.

Julie previously worked for Sky News and the BBC. During her time at Sky News, she presented live from Thailand in the aftermath of the Boxing Day Tsunami, was on air as the news of the 7/7 attacks unfolded, and travelled to the Falkland Islands to make a series of films on the 25th anniversary of the conflict.

She joined the BBC in 1992 as a news trainee where she subsequently worked as a reporter and presenter. She has written for the Sunday Times, New Statesman, The Guardian and The Telegraph and the Sunday Telegraph.

She was the first woman to co-anchor a UK election night programme – and was the first woman to be given an RTS award for News Presentation, which she won again in 2016. She was named the London Press Club‘s ‘Broadcast Journalist of the Year‘ 2015. She is also President of the ‘Women of the Year Awards‘ in the UK.

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  • BBC News
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  • TV & Radio
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