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Caroline Righton
Born 26/02/1958
Occupation Journalist, Presenter, Author
Ethnicity English
Notable credit(s) TV-am, London Plus, BBC Radio Cornwall
Caroline Righton

Election date
on or before 3 June 2010
Incumbent New Constituency

Born 1958 (age 51–52)
Bristol, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Occupation Presenter, Author

Caroline Righton (born 26 February 1958 in Bristol), is a British TV presenter, author and politician best known for appearing on the Breakfast Television station TV-am as a presenter for six months in 1987.

Righton is currently the Conservative Party Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the new St Austell and Newquay constituency.


Early career

As a teenager, Righton worked in several restaurants and hotels, however, she had always intended to become a journalist[1] She worked as a Junior reporter for The West Briton and The Cornish Guardian. Also during this time, Caroline was presenting regional TV programmes for BBC South West in Plymouth. This work enabled her to gain vital experience, and she became one of the founding presenters of BBC Radio Cornwall in 1984. After presenting the Duchy Today programme with Ted Grundy, Righton became a producer of Radio Cornwall.

Media career

Caroline transferred her skills as a radio presenter to television. She moved to Windsor, Berkshire and started presenting the BBC London regional early morning television show London Plus from 1985-87. In 1987, Caroline moved to the already successful ITV breakfast station, TV-am, becoming a national television presenter for the first time, she presented the early part of TV-am before handing over to the main Good Morning Britain show. The on-air promotions at the time said that she was recruited "to get the early rising men tuning in to TV-am's first hour".[2] She joined in April 1987 and left in October the same year. The 4–10 April 1987 edition of TV Times magazine said "Windsor, she finds, has much in common with Cornwall 'lots of holidaymakers.'"

Righton occasionally wrote columns for The Times and The Guardian[3] while she was presenting on TV-am.

After leaving TV-am she occasionally appeared as a stand-in presenter on other news and Breakfast TV programmes reading the short BBC Daytime bulletins and BBC Breakfast Time bulletins in 1988. Next was BSB, Sky News, ITN and the occasional filling-in on LWT News in 1990.[4] She occasionally presented on The Channel Four Daily, where she was presenter for the last edition of the failed show in 1992.[5] During her time presenting the national news, Caroline presented on-screen with Jeremy Paxman and was a main anchor during The Gulf War. In the Nineties, Caroline was the face of Channel Four's Daily Business News

Righton has produced television programmes for Sky, ITV and Channel 4. She then started her own producing business, before being bought out by a larger company and becoming the Managing Director of their broadcast division. During this time she worked closely with the companies corporate clients and had media coached senior personnel of many blue-chip companies.

In 1999, after 14 years away, Righton returned to the West Country after becoming a regional controller for ITV company Carlton under her former TV-am boss Clive Jones. It was from her base in Cornwall in 2003, that Righton started her career as an author, with her first work, The Life Audit, a self-help plan and guide that has become a best-seller in America, Asia and Australia. It has also been translated into Mandarin, French and Dutch.[6] The associated website to the book The Life Audit, [7] has members from 25 different countries. Whilst talking about the book, Caroline appeared on national television in the UK and on CBS's top rating Early Show in America[8]. Companies that Caroline has worked with in this capacity include BMW, Shell, Ernst and Young, Tesco, Anderson Consulting, Burger King, Glaxo Smith Kline, The Woolwich, The Law Society, Thames Water and Norwich Union.


In January 2006, Righton put herself forward to the Conservative Party as a prospective Member of Parliament.[9] Placed on the party's A-List of female and ethnic minority applicants, it was announced in 2008 that Righton would become the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for the newly-created seat of St Austell and Newquay.[10] As this is a new seat, there is no incumbent MP, however, the seat has been given a notional majority of 630 (1.6%) to the Liberal Democrats.[11]

Personal life

Caroline went to school at La Retraite High School in Clifton, Bristol. After leaving school, Caroline secured a place at the University of Warwick to study for a degree in English. During a gap year Caroline did a journalism course in Cardiff and after doing some work experience in Falmouth, Cornwall for The Packet Newspapers, Caroline was offered a full time job at the newspaper.

Caroline moved to Cornwall when she was 19,[12] moving to Windsor when she was 27 and back to the West Country when she was 41. Caroline married her husband, Mark, in 1979 and they have two sons together.

The family currently live in St Columb Major, Cornwall.

Caroline is a surfer and is a campaigner for The Surf Life Saving Association.

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