Sue Lawley

Sue Lawley

Infobox journalist
name = Sue Lawley

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birth_place = Sedgley, Staffordshire
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occupation = Newsreader, Presenter
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gender = Female
status = Married
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credits = "Nationwide"
"BBC News at Ten"
"Desert Island Discs"
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Sue Lawley (born 14 July 1946) is an English broadcaster.

Born in Sedgley, Staffordshire, England and brought up in the Black Country, she was educated at Dudley Girls High School and graduated in languages from the University of Bristol and some time later started her career at the BBC in Plymouth. Whilst at university, due to peer pressure, she changed or moderated her "Dudley (Black Country) accent", to one more closely associated with RP or Standard English.cite web |url= |publisher= The Guardian |title= The Guardian profile: Sue Lawley |accessdate=2008-04-09]

She started her professional career as a trainee reporter on the "Western Mail" and "South Wales Echo" between 1967 and 1970, during which she shared a house in Cardiff with Michael Buerk. She then moved to BBC Plymouth as a subeditor and Freelance reporter from 1970 until 1972. In 1972, she became gained prominence as one of the reporters/presenters of the BBC TV's news magazine "Nationwide" which she appeared on until 1975, when she was offered the main anchor role on the relaunched, nightly news show "Tonight". Lawley left "Tonight" on maternity leave shortly after its launch and did not return to the show, instead she rejoined "Nationwide" as one of the two main anchors, alongside Frank Bough. Lawley remained with the show until it came to a close in 1983. After "Nationwide", Lawley became the anchor of the "Nine O'Clock News" bulletin on BBC1, and then moved to the newly launched "Six O'Clock News" in 1984. Lawley was praised after a broadcast on 23 May 1988, when the studio was invaded by lesbians protesting against Section 28; Lawley continued to read the news whilst co-presenter Nicholas Witchell restrained one of them. [ TV's top 10 tantrums] , BBC, 2001-08-31, "Sue Lawley harassed by militant lesbians while reading the news, BBC, 1984"]

In 1981, she made a guest appearance in the "Yes Minister" episode "The Quality of Life", playing herself. Throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s, Lawley was the regular stand-in for Terry Wogan on his eponymous BBC1 thrice weekly chat show "Wogan". From 1988 to 26 August 2006 Lawley was the presenter of "Desert Island Discs" on BBC Radio 4. [ [ Lawley quits Desert Island Discs] , BBC, 2006-04-12]

In 1989, the BBC launched Lawley in her own Saturday night talk show, which was panned by the critics and was cancelled after one season. The very first guest interviewed was the then HRH The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson. Shortly after this series was cancelled, Lawley left the BBC to work for ITV, but did little work for them, other than an occasional series of high profile interviews, which included British Prime Minister John Major. She was later part of ITV's General Election team in 1992. She returned to BBC1 in 1993 to host the show "Biteback".

Lawley introduces the BBC Radio 4 "Reith Lectures" and is also a board member of the English Tourism Council and the English National Opera

Her second marriage was in 1987, to Hugh Williams, a television executive. Her first husband was a lawyer.


External links

* [ BBC Biography] , BBC, November 2005

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