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Presenter Profile: Ali Vowles
Ali Vowles

Weekend West means an early start for Ali, but she says she loves her Saturday job of bringing the day's news to the West.

She's familiar to viewers of BBC Points West as a presenter and reporter for Bath, where she lives.

Ali's career with the BBC began in Bath where she worked in a community unit.

The airwaves beckoned and Ali joined BBC Radio Bristol as an early morning presenter and as Roger Bennett's sidekick on Morning West.

Then came a move down south and into television as a BBC Regional News presenter and reporter on the BBC's Spotlight programme (in Devon and Cornwall).

Now Ali's back in the West Country and back on BBC Radio Bristol every Saturday morning from six 'til nine.

But she hasn't always worked in the media... one of her first jobs was as a trainee bus driver in Bath.

She travelled up to the Midlands to take a degree in Media Studies in Coventry, which led to a job not in broadcasting but selling designer swimwear in London's Harvey Nichols.

Her top sale was a £2,000 cossie which couldn't be submerged in water!

She had a brief spell at Television Centre in London working directly under the DG (filing his letters!) before the move back West where she finally became a journalist.

Other pursuits take her to the theatre and cinema.

"I love the West Country," says Ali. "I think it's one of the most beautiful parts of Great Britain and I take a real pride in my roots."

Mum Ali's (she has a son, Callum) interests outside the BBC take her back to her farming roots - she's a big fan of gardening and has run competitions on Points West and BBC Radio Bristol to find the region's best garden.


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