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Donna Bernard (born January 1964) is a British journalist and TV presenter best known for her work at the BBC and GMTV.[1][2]

Donna Bernard
Donna Bernard at a media event, 2015
Donna Bernard at a media event, 2015
BornJanuary 1964
NationalityBritish
OccupationJournalist
Years active1990s - Present

Early lifeEdit

Donna Bernard was born in Basildon, Essex, England. Her parents were migrants from Jamaica. She was educated at Woodlands School for Girls and the University of North London, where she studied German and philosophy.[3]

Television careerEdit

After starting in TV as a producer for Worldwide Television News, she was selected by the British media personality, Janet Street-Porter, to co-present the launch of the UK’s first national cable channel, L!VE TV,[4][5][6] and later appeared with Michael Buerk in the BBC series 999[7] and 999 Lifesavers,[8] BBC2's Trust Me I’m A Doctor,[9] the late-night media-affairs show On Air, which she co-presented with David Aaronovitch,[10] and the BBC1 daytime show What Now?, co-presented with the British Conservative politician, Edwina Currie.[11]

She was later New York Correspondent[12] and Show Business Correspondent for the GMTV, and she worked on ITV’s Lorraine show, covering fitness and beauty. In 2000 she was interviewed by OK! magazine about her role as a celebrity ambassador for the charity Save the Children UK.[13]

Donna Bernard, who is based in the English West Country, has been Chief Reporter for Midwest Radio in Dorset,[14] and co-presented the ITV West consumer show Biteback with Steve Scott, who is now ITN's sports editor.

Currently a freelance presenter and reporter for London-based ITN Productions, she was recently co-anchor for World Briefing on Arise News in London. She also presents items for a production company working on training videos for the UK government and has worked in corporate communications for local business.[15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ John Rogers, "GMTV presenters Donna Bernard and Andrea McLean pose as waitresses to promote the summer series GMTV Cafe shown in summer, 2001", Getty Images.
  2. ^ "GMTV creates niche ad slots", Campaign, 25 April 2000.
  3. ^ "Prima Donna", The Voice Interview, Clare Gorham, The Voice, 25 August 2003.
  4. ^ "Live TV Launch", mediatel.co.uk/newsline/1995/06/12/live-tv-launch/, by MediaTel staff, Newsline, 12 June 1995.
  5. ^ "Meet the Live wires!", Jo Hensley, Sunday Mirror Magazine, 11 June 1995.
  6. ^ "L!ve TV launch showreel", https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrAw-MS0NT4, uploaded by David Steer on 3 June 2008.
  7. ^ "Donna gets in on the action", The Mirror, 29 September 1997.
  8. ^ "TV features baby rescue drama", Telegraph & Argus, 5 September 1998.
  9. ^ http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/3b271d20016a48178598d5d53bf5557e, BBC Genome Project website, 3 March 1998.
  10. ^ http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/schedules/bbctwo/england/1998-01-21, BBC Genome Project website, 21 January 1998.
  11. ^ http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/schedules/bbcone/london/1998-08-03, BBC Genome Project website, 3 August 1998.
  12. ^ "Duo move posts in mini GMTV shake-up", Broadcast, 23 April 1999.
  13. ^ "The OK! Exclusive In-Depth Interview", 5 January 2001.
  14. ^ "Donna switches to radio", Western Gazette, 7 August 2008.
  15. ^ "Former GMTV presenter Donna Bernard joins Skibz as Marketing Co-ordinator Archived 2 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine", Skibz press release, 30 August 2011.