Ginny Buckley[1] (born 1 April 1970 in Rochdale)[2][3] is a British journalist, radio and television presenter.

Early life

Buckley was born and brought up in Rochdale, England,[4] before moving to Australia at the age of 18.

She started her career early, appearing regularly from the age of 12 for BBC local radio in Manchester, where she presented a children's radio programme. At the age of 12 she appeared on the BBC children's programme Multi-Coloured Swap Shop,[5] where she interviewed Noel Edmonds, David Bellamy and the pop group Sad Café.[citation needed][6]

Buckley also worked as an actress appearing in numerous plays for BBC Radio and studied Performance Arts and Media Studies at Oldham's Grange Arts Centre.[citation needed]

Broadcasting career

At the age of 18, Buckley moved to Australia; she lived in Sydney and worked for several years in commercial radio.[5] She worked as a junior in the newsroom at 2UW and later at Triple M, first in the news room and then as a producer for the show Club Veg.

She went on to beat 600 other applicants to present a new children's television programme for the Nine Network in Australia and went on to present a children's news programme C'mon Kids, along with Hey, Hey, It's Saturday, in which she worked with Jason Donovan.

In 1991, after returning to England, Ginny was a co-presenter with Ross King on the BBC TV Children's game show "The Wetter The Better" recorded at the Sandcastle Leisure Centre in Blackpool. She worked for Granada Television in Manchester, where she was a reporter on the regional news programme Granada Tonight.[7] She also presented ITV's Bodycheck[7] and Taste for Travel.

In 2001, Buckley joined the BBC One travel programme Holiday first as a reporter and later as the main anchor, following on from Craig Doyle.[8] She left in 2005 when she was replaced by Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen.[1] She also presented the BBC One spin-off programme Holiday 10 Best.

Buckley returned to her news background in 2005 when she joined Sky News[1][7] (2005–07), anchoring their afternoon output. In a memorable blooper during her time at Sky, she mistakenly introduced playwright Harold Pinter as "Howard Pintus", saying that he was joining her in the studio, then correcting herself to announce that he had died. He had in fact won the Nobel Prize in Literature.[9]

Buckley has also presented a BBC Two documentary on the environmental impact of travel, entitled Should I Really Give Up Flying[10] and regularly presents the flagship ITV1 Current Affairs programme Tonight.[11][12]

In June 2010, she co-hosted Crimewatch Roadshow on BBC One alongside Rav Wilding.[4]

As of August 2014, she was the presenter of the internet car review site, Carbuyer and appears in weekly car review videos for Carbuyer's YouTube channel alongside journalist and presenter Mat Watson and then James Batchelor [13]

In 2014 she joined the reporting team for the consumer programme Watchdog on BBC One[14] and in 2015 became one of the presenters on the BBC's Escape to the Country.[15]

Acting

Buckley made her television acting debut in 2008, playing a newsreader on The Bill.

Writing

Buckley went on to write regularly about cars and transport for many national newspapers and magazines and became the first female motoring editor of a national newspaper when she took on the role at the News of the World.[7][16]

In January 2015 Buckley was announced as the new Motoring Editor for Good Housekeeping magazine in the UK.[17]

Personal life

Buckley lives in Lower Shiplake[18] and is a mother of one.[4] She is a supporter of Manchester United, and is a trustee of the club's charity, the Manchester United Foundation.[19]

References

  1. ^ a b c Wylie, Ian (15 June 2005). "Sky's the limit for Holiday girl". Manchester Evening News. M.E.N. Media.
  2. ^ "Ginny Buckley". Celebwings.com. Retrieved 28 July 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Buckley, Rochdale Hall of Fame » Rochdale TownTalk". Rochdale.towntalk.co.uk. Retrieved 28 July 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b c Rav Wilding to be joined by Ginny Buckley for Crimewatch Roadshow on BBC One Daytime BBC Press Office, 30 April 2010
  5. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 June 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ a b c d Sky News strengthens presenting team Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine Sky Press Office, 10 June 2005
  8. ^ Barrett, Patrick (10 May 2004). "NoW's Buckley to host Holiday Programme". MediaGuardian. London: Guardian News and Media.
  9. ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1500602/Pinter-left-speechless-after-winning-Nobel-Prize-at-75.html
  10. ^ "Up and away?". BBC News. 21 December 2006.
  11. ^ https://www.hellomagazine.com/film/20210120105009/escape-to-the-country-ginny-buckley-all-you-need-to-know/
  12. ^ We love factual - Holiday Horrors Unpackaged: Tonight, ITV1, 8pm Mirror, 16 January 2009
  13. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbuyer
  14. ^ "Ginny Buckley - Watchdog report". Vimeo.com. Retrieved 27 December 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ "Escape to the Country - what time is it on TV? Episode 4 Series 16 cast list and preview". Radiotimes.com. Retrieved 27 December 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ Ginny Buckley Bags A Nissan 350Z Roadster Car Pages, 20 October 2004
  17. ^ "Sexist showrooms put women off car buying". The Times. Retrieved 27 December 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. ^ "Climate bill can help save planet, says TV presenter". www.henleystandard.co.uk. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  19. ^ "Manchester United Foundation - Engage. Inspire. Unite". Mufoundation.org. Retrieved 27 December 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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