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Julia Charlotte George (née Botfield; born 1972), also known as Jules Botfield, is a reporter for the BBC Breakfast television news programme. She married in August 2006, and lives in Royal Tunbridge Wells.[1]

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Julia George on the set of the BBC Politics Show.
Julia Charlotte Botfield

EducationSevenoaks School
University of Cambridge
University College Falmouth
OccupationNewsreader; TV presenter
Notable credit(s)
BBC Breakfast reporter


Early lifeEdit

Julia was born in Horsham, West Sussex, and grew up in Tonbridge, Kent.


Julia attended Brighton and Hove High School between 1984-1986 George was educated at Sevenoaks School, a co-educational independent school in Sevenoaks, Kent, followed by the University of Cambridge, where she read English. She then did a diploma in Broadcast Journalism at University College Falmouth.[2]

BBC careerEdit

George started her journalism career at BBC Southern Counties Radio,[3] before moving to BBC Radio Kent. Then as "Jules Botfield", she became the drive time presenter Greater London Radio.

George moved to television by joining the Morning Show at Newsroom South East, and moved to the regional BBC London news programme on its launch on 1 October 2001 (when it began). She moved to BBC Breakfast programme in May 2002, also reporting for the BBC News. In 2004 George reported from Grenada after hurricane Ivan struck the island.[4] She also provided live reports from the Oscars in 2005 for Breakfast television.[5] Prior to May 2006 George also stood in for Moira Stuart as the newsreader on BBC Breakfast, and occasionally also appeared as one of the main programme presenters.

George went on maternity leave from Summer 2007. After giving birth to a daughter, she returned to duties on the BBC News channel from April 2008, when she also started occasionally standing in for Vanessa Feltz on her BBC London 94.9 morning show.

In January 2009 she moved back full-time into radio, co-presenting the breakfast show on BBC Radio Kent with John Warnett

She has covered for Kaddy Lee-Preston presenting Inside Out for the South East.[6]

Since May/June 2010 she has been the presenter of the south east part of the BBC Politics Show. Since this career development Julia's interview technique has progressed to an indignant second tier version of Jeremy Paxman as is the current fashion within the BBC. Whereby, instead of engaging in constructive communication; the interviewer chooses to interrupt, lambast, and lampoon the interviewee seemingly with the intention or desired effect of wallowing in their own pride and self importance.

Julia was co-presenter of the John and Jules show on BBC Radio Kent working alongside John Warnett prior to getting her own show Kent Midmorning covering the times slots 09:00 till 12:00.


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