Kaye Adams

Kaye Adams (born 28 December 1962) is a Scottish television presenter and journalist, best known for being one of four anchors on ITV topical discussion show Loose Women from 1999 to 2006 and again from 2013 in which she left to become a regular panellist on Channel 5's daily morning show The Wright Stuff from 2007 until 2012.[1]

Kaye Adams
Born (1962-12-28) 28 December 1962 (age 57)
EmployerBBC, ITV

She hosts the morning show on BBC Radio Scotland weekdays from 9am to 12pm.

Early lifeEdit

Adams attended Grange Middle school in Grangemouth and Grangemouth High before moving to the fee-paying St George's School, Edinburgh[1] and the University of Edinburgh, from which she graduated with an MA Honours in Economics and Politics.[2]

Early careerEdit

Adams started her media career as a graduate trainee at Central Television, concentrating on political and news journalism - her first coup was a one-hour interview with Margaret Thatcher. For the next few years, Adams remained focused on hard news when in early 1988 moved to Scottish Television's nightly news programme, Scotland Today. She was one of the first journalists on the scene of the Lockerbie disaster in 1988. In 1992, a chance opportunity to host a discussion show for Scottish Television after its original anchor Sheena McDonald left, set her off on a different path. Scottish Women ran for six years under Adams chair (1993–99), and won a number of awards and marked the start of Adams' career as a talk show host.[2]



In March 2010, Adams joined BBC Radio Scotland to become the host of daily phone-in programme, Call Kaye.[2] The show ended in 2015, and was then replaced by the launch of The Kaye Adams Show, which runs every weekday from 9am to 12pm. Kaye is often covered for by a guest host, particularly on a Friday, due to her work on Loose Women.


Adams has been a columnist for the Daily Record.[3][4]


Since her original success with Scottish Women, Adams has presented ITV Weekend Live, three series of Central Weekend Live with Nicky Campbell and John Stapleton; Esther, latterly Kaye for BBC Two; and Pride and Prejudice for BBC Scotland. Adams co-presented the last ever This Morning before Richard and Judy left, while in 2002 she was This Morning's daily live anchor from Australia, reporting on the first series of I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!. She has also appeared on Lily Savage's Blankety Blank.[5]

Between 1999 and 2006, Adams anchored the ITV talk show, Loose Women where, combined with the rest of the female panel, she created a popular and engaging mix of topical issues and entertainment. On 5 November 2013, Adams returned to the panel in rotation with Carol Vorderman and Andrea McLean. In January 2014, former Loose Woman Ruth Langsford returned to co-anchor the programme with Adams, Vorderman and McLean in rotation. Vorderman left the show in July 2014.

Adams has also presented a daytime show called The People Versus.[6] as well as appearing as a panellist and latterly as chair of Have I Got News for You.

Between 2007 and 2010, Adams regularly guest hosted and was a panellist on the Channel 5 panel show The Wright Stuff.

In late 2008, Adams narrated a six-part documentary series The Merchant Navy on STV.

On 26 May 2009, Adams returned to STV, more than 20 years after her first appearance on the station, as a guest co-host on the lifestyle programme The Hour with Stephen Jardine. Adams presented four shows. In August of that year, Adams joined a long team of reporters on The One Show.

Having reported on the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 for STV, Adams narrated a special documentary, The Lockerbie Bomber: Sent Home to Die for the Scottish television channel which aired on 9 August 2010. The programme examined the Lockerbie bomber's conviction and the renewed controversy over the Scottish Government's decision to send him home to Libya on compassionate grounds a year earlier.

Since 2011, she has guest presented Channel 5's LIVE with... programme.

In 2013, Adams co-hosted the daytime chat show Sunday Scoop with Nadia Sawalha.[7]

Both Nadia Sawalha and Kaye Adams are represented by Nicola Ibison of Ibison Talent Group who acts as both their agent and management.[8] Adams and Nadia Sawalha released a cookery book in 2018 called Nadia & Kaye: Disaster Chef.

Personal lifeEdit


Adams has been involved in controversy over the anti-Conservative tone of a programme she made for the BBC's The One Show and a similar intervention on Twitter from her holiday home in Tuscany in August 2011 regarding Boris Johnson and private education.[9]


Adams is a Scottish origin co-patron of Kindred, a Scottish-based charity supporting families of young people with disabilities and mental health issues. [10]


Year Title Channel Role
1999–2006, 2013– Loose Women ITV Regular presenter (1999–2006, 2013–2015, 2019–)
Regular panellist & Guest presenter (2015–2018)
Guest panelist (2014–2015, 2019–)
2000–2001 This Morning Guest presenter (Filling in for Fern Britton)
2001–2002 The People Versus Presenter
2004 Have I Got News for You BBC One Guest presenter
2007–2012 The Wright Stuff Channel 5 Regular panellist
2008 Celebrity MasterChef BBC One Contestant
The Merchant Navy STV Narrator
2009 The Hour Guest presenter
2010 The Big Questions BBC One Guest presenter
2011 Live with... Channel 5 Guest presenter
2013 The Wright Stuff Guest presenter
Sunday Scoop ITV Co-presenter
2017 Good Morning Britain: Election 2017 Glasgow reporter, live from Glasgow Science Centre


  1. ^ a b "Kaye Adams". Gazetteer for Scotland. 2016. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "BBC: Call Kaye". Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Daily Record: Kaye Adams". Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  4. ^ http://www.scotsman.com/news/adams-unfit-to-be-bbc-presenter-after-tweets-telling-boris-to-p-off-1-1803619
  5. ^ Lily Savage's Blankety Blank. 11 March 2001. ITV.
  6. ^ List of Dictionary Corner residents
  7. ^ "ITV: Sunday Scoop: Presenters". Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Ibison Talent Group". Youtube.
  9. ^ "Adams 'unfit to be BBC presenter' after tweets telling Boris to 'p*** off'". The Scotsman. 14 August 2011.
  10. ^ "Kindred". Archived from the original on 10 June 2001. Retrieved 22 March 2015.

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