Presenter Profiles

Adrian Brown

Adrian Brown

Adrian was already a TV-am reporter and newsreader when he was asked to take over from Nick Owen as main "Good Morning Britain" presenter in August 1986.  He presented the programme with Anne Diamond for a few months but returned to foreign reporting in 1987.

Alvin Stardust

Alvin Stardust Pop star Alvin Stardust was recruited by TV-am in 1987 to present the Sunday morning children's feature "Fables, Parables and Miracles". It was a mixture of stories and songs with a religious theme. He later went on to host a half hour breakfast show for children called "It's Stardust". Again this was a mixture of stories and songs. Sadly Alvin died in October 2014, aged 72. He'd been suffering from prostate cancer.

Angela Rippon

Angela Rippon

One of TV-am's "Famous Five" presenters, joined the company at the very start and was involved in planning the station's launch in 1983.  Presenter of "Good Morning Britain" and "Daybreak".  Left TV-am in April 1983.  Angela has many TV projects and can be seen regularly on the BBC's "One Show".

Anna Ford

Anna Ford

One of the "Famous Five" presenters, Anna hosted the very first "Good Morning Britain" with David Frost.    Already well established as a newscaster on ITN's "News at Ten", Anna was a prime catch for the new company.  She was heavily involved in the pre-launch, helping to publicise the arrival of breakfast television in the UK at public events and to advertisers.  Although things didn't go to plan, Anna's contribution to the launch of TV-am was huge.  She later was to join BBC News and left in 2006 to join the board of Sainsbury's.

Anne Diamond

Anne Diamond

Anne Diamond joined TV-am as main presenter in June 1983 from the BBC aged 28. Her on-screen partnership with Nick Owen brought the station unimaginable success. After Nick's departure in 1986, Anne teamed up with a variety of co-presenters including Adrian Brown, Mike Morris, Richard Keys, Geoff Meade and David Foster. In 1988 she got her own Sunday morning show "Summer Sunday", and in 1989 this became known as "Anne Diamond on Sunday". Anne finally left TV-am in 1990. She can now be heard every morning presenting her own show on BBC Radio Berkshire 10am-1pm, and is a regular contributor to "The Wright Stuff".

Anneka Rice

Anneka Rice

Anneka Rice was a guest presenter on "Good Morning Britain" between 1985 and 1987, filling in for Anne Diamond.  She would co-present the programme with Nick Owen, Henry Kelly, Mike Morris and Richard Keys.  Anneka was a well known presenter of childrens programmes and the popular Channel Four programme "Treasure Hunt".

Arabella Warner

Arabella Warner

Childrens TV researcher turned presenter, Arabella was a regular on "The Wide Awake Club".  She also often appeared as continuity announcer on Sunday mornings linking all of TV-am's programmes.

Brian Milton

Brian Milton

Brian was with TV-am from the very start and went on to produce the programme and front the "Money Matters" slot.  In 1987/8 he flew a microlight aircraft from London to Australia. His adventures, included being wrecked on a Greek island but gluing the aircraft back together again, and rescuing the aircraft after a fuel blockage put him in the Persian Gulf thirty-two miles from Abu Dhabi on Christmas Day in the middle of the Iran/Iraq War. He had 9 out-landings in all. Brian was first man to fly a flexwing microlight around the world in 1998. Two men set off, Brian returned alone 120 days later. His co-pilot, Keith Reynolds, didn’t lose his life, just the plot, abandoning the flight in Siberia. Brian won the Royal Aero Club’s premier Britannia Trophy, and the RAC’s Segrave Trophy (awarded in 2008 to Lewis Hamilton). He signed a Hollywood contract in 2010 selling an option onthe film rights to this adventure.  In 2001 Brian failed to cross the Atlantic by microlight trying Alcock and Brown’s direct route. He has written books, and had some TV programmes made about these adventures (www.brian-milton.com).  He now writes books and is looking for another adventure.

Caroline Righton

Caroline Righton

Caroline Righton was recruited to get the early rising men tuning in to TV-am's first hour, so said the advert at the time!   She joined in April 1987 and left in October the same year.  Caroline managed to appear on almost every breakfast show around at the time including "Breakfast Time" and "Channel Four Daily".    Caroline is now a successful writer and author of The Life Audit.  See her website.   www.thelifeaudit.com

Charles Golding

Charles Golding

Charles Golding was a regular contributor to "Good Morning Britain" covering many subjects including movies, videos, computers and items of interest for younger viewers.  He was often seen on "The Wide Awake Club" and hosted his own news quiz on Sunday mornings called "What's News?".   Charles has edited various publications and also runs a successful media training business.  See his website:  www.bowtie.co.uk

Commander David Philpott

Commander David Philpott

Former naval commander David Philpott was signed up to be TV-am's first weather forecaster and presenter.  He appeared on the very first programme and remained with TV-am until 1987 making regular weekend appearances on "The Sunday Programme", "Good Morning Britain" and "Wide Awake Club".  David was also a regular weather presenter on TSW (Television South West)  in Plymouth.

Derek Jameson

Derek Jameson

Former Fleet Street editor, Derek Jameson was hired to review the morning newspapers and "sound off" about things in the news.

Dr Hilary Jones

Dr Hilary Jones

TV-am's resident doctor, host of daily "Doc Spot" feature on Good Morning Britain.  Very popular with the ladies, Dr Hilary also presented "After Nine" during Kathy Tayler's maternity leave.  He joined GMTV in 1993 and is still on ITV breakfast TV as medical editor on "Daybreak".

Elaine Lipworth

Elaine Lipworth

Elaine Lipworth was a reporter, newsreader and presenter on TV-am between 1983 and 1989.   Elaine was often seen presenting the weekend bulletins and reporting on all kinds of news stories during the week.  She also fronted the "Reunions" feature on Good Morning Britain.  Elaine now lives in Los Angeles and writes features for various newspapers and magazines, often about films and showbusiness.

Eve Pollard

Eve Pollard

Eve Pollard writes: I worked as a frequent freelance contributor when Greg Dyke was running The Six O'Clock Show at LWT. When he took over at TV-AM in 1983 he persuaded me to leave The Sunday People, where I was Assistant Editor to join TV-AM as Features Editor. Unfortunately Greg hadn't realized there already was a Features Editor, Kevin Sim. So for some weeks I worked with Michael and Mary Parkinson and David Frost on the two weekend shows. I then took over as Features Editor and did weekly presenting spots until I left to work in New York in 1985.

Gary Champion

Gary Champion

Gary was one of TV-am's regular sports reporters and presenters.  Gary would often host the Saturday edition of "Good Morning Britain" between 6.55am and 7.30am.

Geoff Clark

Geoff Clark

Geoff Clark was the face of "Saturday Sport" but also presented TV-am's first hour on a regular basis.  When TV-am went off air, Geoff joined Meridian's South East news operation and later swapped channels to front BBC "South East Today".

Georgey Spanswick

Georgey Spanswick

Georgey Spanswick worked behind the scenes at TV-am before getting her big break on air.  In 1988 she was asked to present the weather on "Good Morning Britain" and quickly became estabished as a regular face on the station, particularly at weekends.  Georgey became a presenter on "The Wide Awake Club" and also had her own shows "Cue George" and "George's Den" at weekends and on Bank Holidays.  It's probably fair to say she had the longest hair on television.  Later Georgey moved to Yorkshire Television to work on "Calendar" and other regional programmes and is now a presenter on BBC Radio Leeds, Sheffield and York.

Gordon Honeycombe

Gordon Honeycombe

Gordon Honeycombe joined TV-am in January 1984 as TV-am's main news presenter.  Already a familiar face to ITV viewers from his many years with ITN, Gordon brought much needed authority and credibility to the half hourly news bulletins.  He stayed with the company until 1989.  Gordon wrote TV-am's Official Celebration of the Royal Wedding in 1986, a book about the marriage of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.  He is a successful author and actor.

Gyles Brandreth

Gyles Brandreth

Gyles Brandreth was a TV-am regular for most of its ten years on air.  He started off in 1983 presenting the weekly video review slot, as VHS machines became a popular and more affordable domestic appliance.  He reported and presented on many subjects for "Good Morning Britain" and took over from Jeni Barnett in 1987 as host of the weekly "Postbag".  Gyles became well known for his bright jazzy jumpers, and brought out a number of knitting pattern books featuring TV-am presenters.

Henry Kelly

Henry Kelly

Fast talking, quick witted Henry Kelly joined TV-am in June 1983 as host of the Saturday edition of "Good Morning Britain" with Toni Arthur.  Hired by Greg Dyke, Henry quickly established himself as one of TV-am's most popular presenters.  He was a regular stand in presenter on the weekday programme and could also be seen presenting "Summer Sunday" over the years.  His last appearance was in 1987.  He can now be heard on BBC Radio Berkshire.

James Baker

James Baker

James, son of former BBC newsreader Richard Baker, started at TV-am working in the post room.  A stint as a programme researcher followed and he began work in the childrens department.  He first became known to younger viewers presenting the quiz "Crack It" on the Saturday morning show "Splat".  This success led to him becoming one of the three main presenters on the new "Wide Awake Club" in 1984.

Jayne Irving

Jayne Irving

Jayne joined TV-am before the station even went on the air, working as a reporter based in Bristol.  Her talents were quickly spotted and she was soon presenting news bulletins on "Good Morning Britain".  Early in 1984 Jayne got the chance to cover for Anne Diamond and then established herself as a regular on the TV-am sofa, usually alongside Nick Owen and John Stapleton.  In 1986 Jayne became the regular host of the new "After Nine" slot and appeared every weekday.  When the ACTT dispute began in Novemebr 1987, Jayne would often be the only face to appear on screen, acting as a continuity announcer linking into various recorded programmes.  Jayne was a driving force behind the station's successful life-saving Cervical Cancer Campaign.  She left TV-am in 1989 to join the BBC.

Jeni Barnett

Jeni Barnett

Jeni Barnett was with TV-am from the start presenting the highlight slot "Pick of the Week" on Saturdays and Sundays.  Actress Jeni was one of TV-am's most popular contributors and was the viewers' voice, reading out letters in her famous "Postbag" slot.  She left TV-am in 1987.

Jimmy Greaves

Jimmy Greaves

Former footballer 'Greavsie' was brought in to TV-am in 1983 by Greg Dyke as TV reviewer.  He was with the station to the very end and appeared on the last programme.  In 1986, Jimmy was guest presenter on "After Nine" when a week of programmes was devoted to the fabulous 1950s

Kathryn Holloway

Kathryn Holloway

Kathryn joined TV-am in 1988 as Newcastle based reporter from Tyne Tees Television.  As well as helping set up TV-am's regional studio for the North East, Kathryn soon became a regular presenter on "The Morning Programme" and "Good Morning Britain".   She was one of the first reporters sent to the scene of the Lockerbie Air Disaster.  Kathryn stayed with TV-am until the very end, later joing Living TV and Sky.

Kathy Rochford

Kathy Rochford

A well established presenter and reporter in the Midlands, Kathy Rochford was the obvious choice to join TV-am as Birmingham based reporter in 1988.  Kathy presented many editions of "The Morning Programme" and "Good Morning Britain" and was on the sofa alongside Mike Morris for two massive stories - two air disasters withing days of each other, Lockerbie and Kegworth.  Kathy left TV-am to help launch the BBC's "East Midlands Today" programme from Nottingham.

Kathy Tayler

Kathy Tayler

A physiology graduate, Kathy represented Britain in the Modern Pentathlon and became World Cup Champion in 1979.  Her TV career began as co-presenter of the BBC children's show Stopwatch.  As a sports journalist she presented several sports and sports quiz programmes while writing regular features for magazines and newspapers including the Daily Mirror and Mail on Sunday.  She became a reporter/presenter for the BBC's Holiday programme between 1987 and 1990.  Kathy joined TV-am in February 1989 and later that year took over as host of After Nine.  Kathy can now be seen on shopping channel QVC.

Kay Burley

Kay Burley

Now the face of Sky News, Kay Burley joined TV-am in 1985 from Tyne Tees Television as a reporter and occasional newsreader.  In 1987 she got the chance to present TV-am's first hour, filling in for Caroline Righton, and covered some of Anne Diamond's maternity leave.

Lisa Aziz

Lisa Aziz

Lisa was born in Devon.  She began her career in journalism at Radio City in Liverpool in 1983.  She moved to BBC TV in Bristol in 1984 to work on the news programme Points West.  In 1985 she moved to HTV West as a news presenter on HTV News.  In 1987 she also presented The West this Week.  Lisa joined TV-am in 1988 as an on screen reporter.  She then became co-presenter of TV-am Reports, a Sunday news magazine.  Lisa was appointed main newsreader in February 1989 after Gordon Honeycombe left TV-am.   Later she went on to work for Sky News and ITV West.

Lizzie Webb

Lizzie Webb

"Mad"  Lizzie Webb was brought to TV-am in May 1983 by editor in chief Greg Dyke as direct competition to the BBC's Green Goddess, Diana Moran.  Her background was teaching in tough London schools, and work at the famous Pineapple Dance Studios.  Lizzie quickly became a popular member of the TV-am family and appeared twice every morning with her shakeouts and exercise routines.  Her popularity meant she stayed with the station right until the very end in December 1992.  Over the years she was joined by many celebrities and pop industry experts soon realised her exercise slots were a great place to get their records heard.  Lizzie famously introduced "Take That" to the breakfast audience and soon their single "It only takes a minute" was racing up the charts.  Footage of the workout featuring Robbie Williams and the rest of "Take That" is still played on TV programmes around the world.  Lizzie is still involved in exercise, keep fit and mentoring and is behind the hugely successful "Body Rocks" and "Creativity in Sport".  Her website is www.creativityinsport.com .

Lorraine Kelly

Lorraine Kelly

Lorraine was born in Glasgow in 1959 and took her Scottish Highers before joining Scottish & Universal Newspapers in Glasgow, where she became Women's Page editor.  After a brief period with BBC Scotland, she joined TV-am in 1984 as Scotland Reporter.  In July 1989 Lorraine presented TV-am Reports with Geoff Meade, a Sunday news magazine.  She became the main Good Morning Britain co-presenter with Mike Morris in January 1990 after spending four months as guest presenter on the programme.  After leaving TV-am, Lorraine joined GMTV and still appears on breakfast TV.  In September 2012 she became the main presenter of ITV1's "Daybreak", aswell as continuing to host her own lifestyle show "Lorraine".

Lynda Berry

Lynda Berry

Lynda Berry was one of TV-am's first news presenters and began as a regular host of "Daybreak" in 1983.  She joined TV-am from TVS where she'd been a reporter and before that worked at ATV.  When Angela Rippon and Anna Ford left in April 1983, Lynda was paired with Nick Owen as a temporary presenter on "Good Morning Britain".  She covered the Prince and Princess of Wales' tour of Australia.  Lynda left TV-am in 1984.

Martin Frizell

Martin Frizell

An accomplished reporter and production journalist, Martin Frizell was one of TV-am's main reporters.  He later became a regular presenter on "First Report", "Newsweek" and "Good Morning Britain".  He was with TV-am almost until the end and went on to become editor of GMTV.  He is married to TV presenter Fiona Phillips.

Maya Even

Maya Even

Maya graduated from Magill University in Canada before obtaining a doctorate in Political Science from St Anthony's College in Oxford in 1987.  Her research work was on the impact of TV on British General Elections since 1955.  Maya joined TV-am's political unit in December 1986, later becoming a reporter.  She went on to present the 6.00am to 7.00am slot First Report, later renamed Good Morning Britain. 

Michaela Strachan

Michaela Strachan

Pop mad Michaela joined TV-am in 1986 as a presenter on the Sunday edition of The Wide Awake Club alongside Timmy Mallett and Tommy Boyd.  She also fronted "Michaela" and "Hey, Hey it's Saturday", as well as "WAC '90".  Away from TV-am she was also regularly seen on other childrens programmes and the ITV night time show "The Hitman and Her".  Michaela also had success as a pop singer.

Mike Morris

Mike Morris

Mike was born in Harrow, Middlesex in June 1947.  Educated at St Paul's School, London, he gained a BA in American and English Literature at Manchester University before starting his career in journalism with the Surrey Comet in 1969.  He then joined AAP Reuters, a Sydney-based news agency, as bulletins editor.  In 1974 he moved to United Newspapers as a sports reporter, then sports editor.   Mike joined Thames TV as a sub-editor and reporter in 1979, before joining TV-am in 1983 at its launch as a sports reporter/presenter and then presenter of the Saturday edition of Good Morning Britain.  He became anchorman of GMB in 1987.  After TV-am, Mike went on to become regular presenter of Yorkshire TV's news magazine programme "Calendar".  Sadly Mike died in October 2012.

Moya Doherty

Moya Doherty

Moya was a reporter and presenter at TV-am in the mid eighties, often appearing as a continuity announcer at weekends and presenter of "After Nine" on weekdays.  She has made a great success of stage producing and is responsible for the world famous "Riverdance" performances, along with former TV-am weekend editor John McColgan.  The show has made them multi millionaires.

Nick Owen

Nick Owen

Nick Owen was at TV-am right from the very start.  He read the sport on the first edition of Good Morning Britain and appeared regularly in the first few weeks, sharing the slot with Mike Morris.  Nick took over from David Frost as main weekday male presenter in April 1983, sharing the famous sofa with Angela Rippon and then Anna Ford.  When Angela and Anna left the company Nick co-presented "Good Morning Britain" with Lynda Berry.  He was then joined by Anne Diamond in June 1983 and the hugely successful "Anne and Nick" partnership began.  Nick secured an exclusive interview with Princess Michael of Kent in 1985 after it was revealled she had family connections with the SS.  He also made the headlines in 1985 when Pamela Stephenson famously pulled down his trousers live on air in an effort to make him 'more popular' with TV viewers.  His last programme was in August 1986 when he left to join ITV Sport.  Nick's time at TV-am is told in his autobiography "In the time of Nick".  Viewers in the Midlands see Nick every night at 6.30pm presenting the BBC regional news programme "Midlands Today".

Patrick Anthony

Patrick Anthony

Patrick took up the cookery slot when Rusty Lee went to join Henry Kelly & Co on Game for a Laugh.  It was producer Kathy Gyngell's mum who suggested  him as a viewer of his at Anglia Television where he presented his weekly cookery item 'Patrick's Pantry' for almost 20 years. He later went on to Sky TV and than had an 8 year stint on Ready Steady Cook before returning to Anglia for 4 series of The Food Guide. At BBC Radio Norfolk he presented The Patrick Anthony  Programme for 5 years and today he runs a charitable trust - St Stephen's in Hampstead.

Paul Reizin

Paul Reizin

Paul was one of TV-am's regular reporters covering news stories all over the country, but developed a niche for the wild and wacky...stories with an amusing, unusual or totally bizarre twist!  He presented many 'strands' including the popular "Reizin Shine" and "Pick of the Week".

Richard Keys

Richard Keys

He's now the face of Sky Sports, but Richard was TV-am's face of sport for many years.  He began making regular appearances on "Good Morning Britain" in 1984 sharing the sports desk with Mike Morris but was to become one of TV-am's main presenters in 1986, often co-presenting the main programme with Anne Diamond.  In 1988 he got his own show, the hour long news programme "The Morning Programme" and continued to co-present GMB.  He left TV-am in 1990 to join Sky.

Robert Kee

Robert Kee

One of TV-am's original "Famous Five" presenters, Robert Kee was 63 when he hosted our very first programme.  "Daybreak" appeared between 6am and 7am from 1st February 1983 and was a format of rolling news, weather, sport, farming and finance.  Robert Kee had a background in serious journalism having made a name for himself on programmes such as the BBC's "Panorama" and ITN's "First Report".  His biggest role at TV-am involved covering the General Election in June 1983 and he made appearances on the station as late as spring 1987.  He died in 2012.

Rustie Lee

Rustie Lee

Rustie Lee was TV-am's regular cook, often seen on Saturday mornings with Henry Kelly and Toni Arthur.  Later she made regular appearances on the weekday programme.  She is famous for her infectious laugh and Caribbean cookery and is also a great singer, actress and presenter.  Her latest book "A Taste of the Caribbean" has been turned into a DVD and iPad App. 

Sir David Frost

Sir David Frost

David Frost, now Sir David, was one of the founders of TV-am.  Along with Peter Jay he helped gather the team together that was to win ITV's first breakfast franchise.   He famously said the first words on the first show "Hello, good morning and welcome to TV-am", and found himself in the awkward position of having to stand aside when viewing figures fell in the first few weeks.  Unlike other members of The Famous Five, David remained with the company to the very end as presenter and company director.  His "Frost on Sunday" programmes made the news as well as reported it.  The successful formula was transferred to BBC One in 1993.  Sir David Frost died in August 2013 after suffering a heart attack on board a cruise ship.

Sir Michael Parkinson

Sir Michael Parkinson

Sir Michael Parkinson was one of the original "Famous Five" TV-am presenters and was one of the founding members of the company.  He presented some weekdays editions of the programme in March 1983 but was mainly seen at weekends, often with his wife Mary.   He left the company in 1984 but made a few appearances as a guest over the years.  He described his time with TV-am as one of the most stressful times in his life.

Timmy Mallett

Timmy Mallett

Probably TV-am's craziest presenter, Timmy was with TV-am from the start to the end hosting pop music items, Saturday shows and eventually the famous "Wacaday" programme.  He made the word "Bleugh" famous and introduced younger viewers to wild and wacky characters over the years

Tommy Boyd

Tommy Boyd

Tommy Boyd joined TV-am in 1985 as a presenter on "The Wide Awake Club".  As well as hosting other items for children, including "Fizzical", Tommy was also head of weekend programmes for some time.

Toni Arthur

Toni Arthur

Toni Arthur was a co-presenter on the Saturday edition of "Good Morning Britain" 1983-1984.   Already a well known national TV presenter from programmes such as "Play School", "Play Away" and "Seeing and Doing", Toni first made her name as a folk singer in the 1960s.  Toni shared the TV-am sofa with Henry Kelly, Chris Tarrant, John Noakes and Mike Morris with some help in the kitchen from Rustie Lee.  She now lives in Norfolk and continues to be a successful director, writer and actress.

Trish Williamson

Trish Williamson

Trish Williamson worked behind the scenes in the showbusiness department before becoming TV-am's weather girl in 1987, taking over from Wincey Willis.  She made regular appearances during the ACTT dispute in 1987 and 1988 working as a continuity announcer linking programmes before leaving TV-am to join ITN's weather team.  She later worked as a presenter at TSW in Plymouth and was a successful producer and director for the BBC.  Sadly Trish died in a car accident in 2007 aged 52.

Ulrika Jonsson

Ulrika Jonsson

Ulrika was born in Sweden and educated in England.  She joined TV-am as a secretary working for Managing Director Bruce Gyngell in 1987 before leaving to be a weather presenter for a Scandanavian satellite TV station.  She rejoined TV-am in 1989 as weather presenter and also became the regular presenter of Backchat and Good Morning Moments.

Wincey Willis

Wincey Willis

Wincey joined TV-am in May 1983 as main weekday weather presenter.  She'd been spotted doing the regional weather forecasts on Tyne Tees Television.  She quickly became very popular with viewers and was part of the 'new look' line-up that helped turn around the fortunes of "Good Morning Britain" in the early days.  As well as the weather, Wincey also presented other features such as Caring Christmas, Wincey's Pets and Wincey's Wall.  She left the station in 1987.  Wincey can now often be heard on BBC Local Radio in Coventry and lectures in media and wildlife conservation.

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