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Corrie Corfield
Corrie was born in Oxford in 1961 and studied English and Drama at Goldsmiths College, London University.

She joined the BBC in 1983 as a studio manager and spent four years working with the foreign language sections of the BBC World Service.

Corrie joined BBC Radio 4 as an announcer in 1988 and started newsreading the following year.

In 1991 she moved to South Africa and witnessed at first hand the transition to democracy.

She spent time with a local independent radio station in Johannesburg.

Continuity is chatty, but newsreading is more formal; you have to be clear and authoritative
Corrie Corfield
She claims: "My first day on air coincided with the Referendum of 1992.

"Someone handed me a sheet of paper declaring the results in 27 Afrikaaner and Zulu towns. I've never missed the Pronunciation Unit at the BBC so much."

Corrie then worked as a producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and returned to London in 1995.

Away from work, Corrie is a keen gardener, loves holidays in Greece, and has recently taken up skiing.

 Click here to listen to Corrie Corfield talk about her career

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