Kirsty Young is the presenter of the long-running BBC Radio Four programme Desert Island Discs. She won the role in October 2006 and has interviewed a varied selection of guests including Yoko Ono and Ricky Gervais.
In January 2008 Kirsty became the host of one of BBC1's flagship programmes - Crimewatch
She is well known for being one of the country’s top newscasters. Kirsty was the launch presenter for Five's groundbreaking Five News in 1997 fronting the show every weekday evening. During her time at Five she received the prestigious Sir James Carreras Award for Outstanding New Talent of 1997 at the 46th Variety Club Showbusiness Awards and Newscaster of the Year at the TRIC (Television & Radio Industries Club) Awards.
At ITN she presented ITV’s News at Ten, ITV Evening News and Lunchtime News. She was the sole-anchor for the live coverage of 9/11 for five hours for ITV. She also hosted a range of primetime programmes for the network including Rat Trap, The People Versus and What will They Think of Next?
She returned to Five on January 14, 2002 as the station’s main news anchor and presented her last bulletin on the 29th August 2007 ten years after first appearing on Five.
In recent years she has been a regular guest host of BBC2's popular panel show Have I Got News For You.
Kirsty Young's journalistic career began in 1989 as a newsreader for BBC Radio Scotland where she also presented its Drivetime show. In 1992 she moved to Scottish Television where she was the presenter of Scotland Today at Lunchtime and Scotland Today - the channel's midday and evening news programmes.
From 1994-95 she was the host of Kirsty, a bi-weekly live discussion programme on the week's hot topics, on STV. For STV she also presented Late Edition, a live, late-night entertainment and music show.
Kirsty was born in Glasgow, Scotland and brought up in Stirling.. She is married and has two daughters Freya and Iona.