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Louise Minchin

Louise Minchin
Minchin in 2012
Born Louise Mary Grayson[1]
(1968-09-08) 8 September 1968
British Hong Kong[2]
Ethnicity English
Education University of St. Andrew's
Occupation Journalist
Notable credit(s) BBC Breakfast
BBC News Channel
BBC News at One
Missing Live
The One Show
Real Rescues
Spouse(s) David Minchin (m. 1998)
Children 2
Official website

Louise Mary Minchin (née Grayson) (born 8 September 1968)[3] is a British journalist and news presenter who currently works freelance within the BBC.

Since 2006, Louise has been a regular anchor on the BBC One programme Breakfast, currently co-hosting the show on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays with Bill Turnbull.

From 2009 until 2012, Minchin co-hosted Real Rescues alongside Nick Knowles and Chris Hollins.

She has guest hosted The One Show a number of times since 2010.


  • Early life 1
  • Broadcasting career 2
  • Other television work 3
  • Charity interests 4
  • Awards 5
  • Personal life 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life

Minchin was born Louise Mary Grayson in 1968 in Hong Kong (then a British colony) to a father who was a Major in the Irish Guards of the British Army, Minchin was educated at St Mary's School, Ascot and has a degree in Spanish from the University of St Andrews.[4]

Broadcasting career

Minchin has worked for the Latin American section of the BBC World Service during a year in Argentina, the Today programme, Five and various local radio stations. In 2006 she toured the country in a converted bus meeting England fans as part of the World Cup coverage for BBC News.

She started work for Radio 5 Live in 1998, where she presented many of the main programmes including Drive and Breakfast. Between September 2003 and April 2012, she was a regular BBC News channel presenter, initially working alongside Jon Sopel from 7pm-10pm. Minchin then presented the 2pm-5pm period with Sopel. She shared this shift with Emily Maitlis. She was also one of the main relief presenters for the BBC News at One until April 2012.

In 2006-07, Minchin was a relief presenter on BBC Breakfast while Kate Silverton covered for main anchor Sian Williams. After Williams returned, she continued to co-host the programme and, from July 2010 until April 2012, she was the regular weekend presenter of the show.[5] On 12 December 2011 the press announced that Minchin would become a main presenter of BBC Breakfast when the programme moves to Salford, along with current main presenters Bill Turnbull, Susanna Reid and Charlie Stayt. The first edition of Breakfast from Salford was presented on Tuesday 10 April 2012.[6]

From 21 April 2008 Minchin presented a weekday programme called Missing Live along with Rav Wilding. The programme was shown at 9:15am after BBC Breakfast on BBC One and ran for 4 weeks. The show returned for a second four-week run from 16 March 2009, and again in March 2010, highlighting both new cases and those previously featured with updates.

Minchin and Colin Jackson presented the Sunday morning show Sunday Life on BBC One in 2008.

From 2 November 2009, Minchin presented four weeks of live broadcasts of 'Real Rescues' along with Nick Knowles.

Minchin also presented In the Know, a BBC sports magazine programme on Saturday mornings on BBC One during the 2004 Athens Olympics alongside co-presenter John Inverdale.

In April 2010 Minchin co-presented The One Show for a week alongside Chris Hollins while regular hosts Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley were unavailable.[7] She covered again when the show returned in July 2010 for two weeks alongside Matt Baker and one episode with Matt Allwright.

Minchin and Gethin Jones presented documentary series Crime and Punishment, which began on BBC One on 12 March 2012.

Minchin replaced Aasmah Mir as co-presenter of 5 Live's Drive programme with Peter Allen in November 2012. She co-presents Monday and Tuesday, with Anna Foster co-hosting Wednesday to Friday.

Other television work

Minchin played herself reading the news in two BBC series, spy drama Spooks and the Torchwood mini-series Children of Earth.

Charity interests

Minchin is a supporter of SOS Children's Villages, an international orphan charity providing homes and mothers for orphaned and abandoned children. She currently supports the charity's annual World Orphan Week campaign which takes place each February.

Minchin helped support Sense-National Deafblind and Rubella Association when she interviewed celebrity photographer Dave Hogan for Deafblind Awareness Week 2009. She is also hosting the Sense Annual Awards later on this year. Minchin has also taken part in "Around the World in 80 days" for Children in Need.[8] Minchin is a great supporter of the charity Missing People, which provides support for missing children, vulnerable adults and families left in limbo.


In March 2014 she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree by the University of Chester.[9]

Personal life

Louise married David Minchin on 6 June 1998. The couple have two daughters, Scarlett and Mia, and live near Chester.[10]


  1. ^ From marriage record
  2. ^ Louise Minchin BBC Newswatch
  3. ^ Louise MInchin BBC Breakfast presenters
  4. ^ "BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin on leaving London behind for a new life in Chester". 11 November 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  5. ^ sofa spotBBC BreakfastNewsreader Louise Minchin lands Nicola Methven, Daily Mirror, 9/12/2011
  6. ^
  7. ^ Chris Hollins to stand in for Adrian Chiles on The One Show The Mirror, 9 April 2010
  8. ^ BBC One Programmes - Around the World in 80 Days, Episode 4
  9. ^
  10. ^ Byrne, Paul (11 April 2013). "BBC presenter Louise Minchin says life in North is miles better than the South". Retrieved 10 May 2014. 

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Preceded by
Darren Jordon
Deputy Presenter of BBC News at One
2006 – 2009
Succeeded by
Kate Silverton
Preceded by
Susanna Reid
Deputy Female Presenter of BBC Breakfast
2012 – 2014
Succeeded by
Naga Munchetty
Preceded by
Susanna Reid
Main Female Presenter of BBC Breakfast
2014 – present
Succeeded by
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