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And finally... Anna Ford's last bulletin
Anna Ford
Anna Ford: Has presented the One O'clock news since 1999
She's been the face of BBC news bulletins for 30 years.

But today, Anna Ford will read her last bulletin on the One O'clock news before handing the reins to Sophie Raworth.

Anna has been the main newsreader on the lunchtime bulletin since 1999.

  • Anna Ford was our guest on Breakfast today, watch again from the link to the right of this page

    Anna studied at Manchester University, where she attained a BA honours degree in Economics, and was President of the Students Union from 1966 to 1967.

    She's one of the longest serving newsreaders and has worked at BBC since 1976 - presenting the One O'Clock News since its 1999 relaunch.

    She started on the Granada news desk in 1974. Began at BBC by working on the documentary series Man Alive in 1976 and the following year she joined the science programme Tomorrow's World.

    Anna Ford and Sophie Raworth
    BBC publicity picture of Anna Ford with Sophie Raworth

    By 1978 she was working at ITN, and was the first female anchor of News At Ten, and in 1981 she helped launch TV-am. 1983.

    Anna was one of the "famous five" presenters - along with David Frost, Michael Parkinson, Robert Kee and Angela Rippon - who launched TV-am.

    She came back to the BBC in 1986 and went on to join the Six O'clock News team in 1989.

    The 62 year old newsreader said "I'm feeling rather elated. I made the decision over a year ago that I would say to the BBC that I didn't want another contract... and I've firmly shut that door".

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