Bill Turnbull is the lead male presenter on BBC Breakfast. Previously, he was a stalwart presence on the BBC’s News 24 and Radio Five Live. He’s also presented the One and Six O’Clock News.
A graduate of Edinburgh University and the Centre for Journalism Studies in Cardiff, Bill began his career as a reporter on the streets of Glasgow with Radio Clyde. He later freelanced for five years in New York before joining the BBC, which has been his professional home ever since.
As a BBC correspondent, Bill has reported from more than 30 countries, including a four year stint in Washington. He’s covered everything in the reporter’s notebook – from presidential elections to revolutions, Cuba to Chernobyl, hurricanes to Hollywood – however, his favourite story is the feature he made about werewolves in Haiti…and living to tell the tale.
In an equally harrowing experience, Bill was a contestant on “Strictly Come Dancing”. His unique “torn-ligament” tango and good natured sparring with the judges were highlights of this top-rated programme. Other challenges included a sleep deprivation experiment for the One show, and sitting in the famous black leather chair on Celebrity Mastermind. He also won £150,000 for charity appearing on Celebrity Who Wants to Be A Millionaire with his on-air partner, Sian Williams.
In his spare time, Bill enjoys the company (and honey) of several hives of bees and the delights of lower league football with Wycombe Wanderers FC. A veteran of five London Marathons, he now does half the distance in the Great North Run.
"The night was a great success - our sincere thanks to Bill Turnbull for his after dinner speech." The Lighting Industry Awards Dinner - July 2011