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Julie Etchingham
Julie Etchingham, June 2007.jpg
Born Julie Etchingham
1969 (age 40–41)
Leicester, England
Occupation Newsreader
Spouse(s) Nick Gardner (1997-present)
Notable credit(s) ITV News at Ten

Julie Etchingham (born 1969 in Leicester, England) is an English television newsreader and journalist. She is currently co-presenter of ITV News at Ten.


Early life and career

She was born and grew up in Leicester where her parents were teachers, and got her first job in journalism with BBC Radio Leicester whilst still at school.[1][2]

While reading English at Newnham College, Cambridge, she co-presented BBC Radio Cambridgeshire's student programme On the Edge, produced by Ian Peacock. After receiving a BA (Honours) degree in English, she joined the BBC as a graduate trainee, and trained as a journalist. Working at BBC Midlands, she became a presenter on Midlands Today,[3] but soon moved on to present national programmes after moving to London. Her credits at the BBC include BBC's Breakfast News, Newsround (where she beat 1,000 other competitors to the job in 1994) and the corporation's long running Holiday programme.[4]

Etchingham joined Sky News in 2002, where she hosted a number of shows for the channel, including Sky News Today. She was also an occasional presenter on Five News after Sky took over as news provider for Five in January 2005.[5]

On 29 October 2007 during a speech by David Cameron, Etchingham's microphone was left open and an aside was accidentally broadcast during live coverage of the Conservative leader's address. Speaking on the issue of immigration, Mr Cameron said: "Let me outline the action that a Conservative government would take. As we have seen, some of the increase in population size results from natural change - birth rates, death rates. Here our policy should be obvious... " At this point, Etchingham was clearly heard to say: "Extermination."[6] Sky News said afterwards that her comment was "regrettable".[6]

On 31 October 2007 ITV confirmed that in January 2008, Etchingham would move to present the relaunched News at Ten with Sir Trevor McDonald.[7][8] The programme returned on 14 January.[9]

In June 2009, it was reported in the media that the president of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari, had stopped a plane from flying in Pakistan after he heard Etchingham was running late and she may miss her flight, which was very unusual for the president to do this.[10]

In October 2009, it was announced that Etchingham will present a relaunched Tonight programme from early 2010 - with the show airing once a week on Thursday nights.[11]

Personal life

She married the television producer Nick Gardner in Leicester in 1997, whom she met while she was working on Newsround and with whom she has two sons, both of whom were born in Hammersmith and Fulham, London: Leo Francis (born late 2002 / early 2003) and James Joseph (born 2006).[12] They live in London.


  1. ^ "Revealed: Television journalist Julie Etchingham's secret battle with sleep". 2007-11-21. Retrieved 2008-01-14.  
  2. ^ "Fraught rehearsals and last-minute terror: Julie Etchingham's inside story of the return of News At Ten". 2008-01-13. Retrieved 2008-01-14.  
  3. ^ "A profile of Julie Etchingham". Sky News. 11 February 2003. Retrieved 31 July 2009.  
  4. ^ "My Life In Media: Julie Etchingham". The Independent. 11 October 2004. Retrieved 29 April 2009.  
  5. ^ "Young launches revamped Five news". BBC News. 3 January 2005. Retrieved 29 April 2009.  
  6. ^ a b "Sky apologies over Tory 'extermination' quip". Daily Telegraph. 30 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-23.  
  7. ^ "News at Ten returns to ITV". 31 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-31.  
  8. ^ Tryhorn, Chris (31 October 2007). "ITV confirms News at Ten return". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 April 2008.  
  9. ^ Byrne, Ciar (14 January 2008). "The Trevor & Julie show: Inside the revamped News at Ten". The Independent. Retrieved 29 April 2009.  
  10. ^ "Why did Pakistan's president wait for ITV's Julie Etchingham?". The Guardian. 25 June 2009. Retrieved 25 June 2009.  
  11. ^ Robinson, James (22 October 2009). "ITV to drop Big Ben from News at Ten titles". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 November 2009.  
  12. ^ Marriages and Births England and Wales 1984-2006

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Preceded by
Female co-host of ITV News at Ten
14 January 2008 -
Succeeded by


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