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Jane Amanda Hill (born 10 June 1969 in Eastbourne, Sussex) is an English newsreader working for the BBC. She is one of the main presenters on the BBC News Channel, the corporation's 24-hour rolling news service, and is a relief anchor for the BBC News at One, as well as regularly presenting the BBC Weekend News. She also occasionally presents The World Tonight on BBC Radio 4 and is currently presenting BBC News at Five on Fridays on the BBC News Channel which includes The Film Review.

Jane Hill
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Jane Hill in 2011
Jane Amanda Hill

(1969-06-10) 10 June 1969 (age 50)
Eastbourne, Sussex, England
ResidenceNorth London
Alma materQueen Mary and Westfield College, University of London
OccupationJournalist, Presenter, Newsreader
Years active1986–present
Notable credit(s)
BBC News
The Film Review
Dateline London
Partner(s)Sara Shepherd

Early lifeEdit

Hill was born to David and Margaret Hill on 10 June 1969, on the same day and in the same hospital as former BBC Weather presenter Helen Young, in Crawley, Sussex.[1][2] She was raised in London. She was privately educated at Micklefield School in East Sussex.[3] She went on to study politics at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, and graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.[3]

She worked part-time for local BBC Radio in paid and voluntary positions from 1986 to 1991.[3] Her first job was at a local radio station as a junior music correspondent, but she knew little about the local indie bands.[2] After graduating, she worked as an assistant and researcher to Senate Democrats, at the Democratic National Headquarters in Washington.[1] She joined the BBC full-time at the end of 1991.


After completing the BBC journalism training programme,[2] Hill joined BBC Radio 5 Live at the station's launch, remaining there as a producer for 18 months. She moved into television following completion of the BBC Regional News Trainee Scheme. She went on to join BBC Radio Berkshire and South Today as a presenter, before moving later to national news.

When BBC News launched its new 24-hour channel in November 1997, Hill joined, and was originally an overnight presenter, also appearing on the channel's international counterpart BBC World News during the simulcast between the two channels. During her time with BBC News, she has presented coverage of a wide range of stories and events, including a week of special programmes from Washington DC in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001.[2] She also went on to present live coverage on BBC News and BBC World News of the first anniversary commemorations at Ground Zero in New York City.

She presented numerous special programmes on BBC One and BBC Two during the war in Iraq, and in December 2003, on the day US forces captured Saddam Hussein, she broadcast for nearly eight hours continuously on both terrestrial channels, BBC News, and BBC World News.[2]

Hill led the local reporting in Portugal in 2007, for the BBC's coverage of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Flying to Portugal the day the news broke, she spent much of May there, and conducted the BBC’s first interview with Kate and Gerry McCann.[4] She returned to the Algarve for all the major developments in the story, and made a half-hour documentary about the case at the end of that year.[5]

From April 2006 until August 2014, she presented alongside Matthew Amroliwala between 11:00 and 14:00 until they moved to between 14:00 and 17:00 in March 2013. Previously, she presented with Chris Eakin from 19:00 to 22:00 on Monday to Thursday evenings. Hill also presents news bulletins on BBC One, and in the past has made occasional appearances presenting BBC Breakfast. She is an occasional relief presenter for the BBC Weekend News on BBC One.

On Monday 16 August 2010, she began a week sitting in for Jeremy Vine on BBC Radio 2's music and news programme.

Hill returned as relief presenter for BBC News at Six and also joined the team of relief presenters for BBC News at Ten from August 2014.

She appeared as herself in the 2014 science fiction action film Edge of Tomorrow, which stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt.

In 2016, Hill appeared at the end of the episodes of No Such Thing as the News for a series of brief comic sketches.

On 15 September 2017, Hill hosted the inaugural Diversity In Media Awards (DIMAS) in London.

Personal lifeEdit

Hill lives in north London with her partner Sara Shepherd, a camera operator.[6] They have entered into a civil partnership.[7]

Hill is a member of the British-American Project, an organisation which exists to promote Anglo-American relations.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Hill, Jane, (born 10 June 1969), presenter, BBC TV News, since 1997 - WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO". doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.001.0001/ww-9780199540884-e-258675. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ a b c d e "Jane Hill". Retrieved 1 January 2010.
  3. ^ a b c "HILL, Jane". Who's Who 2014. A & C Black. December 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Video of BBC's first interview with Kate and Gerry McCann". BBC News. 25 May 2007. Retrieved 1 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Jane Hill". Retrieved 1 January 2010.[dead link]
  6. ^ Eden, Tim Walker Edited by Richard (2 February 2018). "BBC newsreader Jane Hill is disgusted by men urinating near her house" – via
  7. ^ "Jane Hill to marry girlfriend Sara Shepherd in civil partnership ceremony". Mail Online. 16 November 2011. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
  8. ^ "Welcome to the British-American Project - BAP". 16 March 2015. Archived from the original on 16 March 2015.

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