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BBC Spotlight's Louise Walter takes to the airwaves
Louise Walter
Join Louise from 9-12 am on Saturday 20 March 2010 on BBC Radio Devon

Saturday will be BBC Spotlight's Louise Walter's first proper radio show - and she's hoping it's not her last!

As a video journalist she films and edits her own reports for BBC Spotlight and she is really excited about her first show on BBC Radio Devon.

"It's been many weeks in the planning, I really hope it's an interesting mix for our listeners," said Louise.

"I've got a lot of Devon's new talent coming in - but I also really want to get you at home involved.

"Get your thumbs ready - I'll be asking you to text and email in."

Contact Louise during the show
phone: 0845 3011034
text: 07786 202999
email: chequer@bbc.co.uk

"It's great to have Louise on air and I'm really excited about the great show she's putting together," said Mark Grinnell, BBC Radio Devon's editor.

"Louise is one of a number of great famous new presenters on BBC Radio Devon."

Tune in to BBC Radio Devon on Saturday 20 March from 9-12am

Jamie Rowland

Jamie Rowland
Jamie Rowland

Young musician and composer Jamie Rowland has devised three pieces of music inspired by places in Devon especially for Louise's programme.

Jamie, 19, from Plymouth, wrote tracks for his home city, Exeter and Brixham.

Felix Soper

Felix Soper
Felix Soper

Felix has scooped an award for his latest animated adventure - at the age of just 10.

He beat people nearly twice his age to win the New Emerging Talent Award at the Animated Exeter Festival with his stop-motion short - Mr Nada Comes To Plymouth.

Saul Cathcart

Saul Cathcart
Saul Cathcart

Saul Cathcart is just 31 - yet his wild sea and landscape paintings are already being studied by art students in Devon.

He paints on a grand scale - on large canvases, board and paper and using a mixture of acrylic, pastel, ink and pencil.

Louise, 29, has wanted to be a journalist since she was four-years-old.

"I saw Michael Buerk's report on the famine in Ethiopia, and even though I was so young, I was really moved by it," said Louise.

"I think what I learned was that by showing people the problems that exist, you can do something about it."

She joined BBC Newsround Press Packers the week it started, and got to work on sniffing out stories - winning a Blue Peter badge along on the way, something she still lists on her CV!

Louise Walter filming on the beach
Louise films and edits her own reports for BBC Spotlight

After gaining a post-graduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism at Falmouth College of Arts, Louise landed a work experience placement at the BBC in Plymouth, which led to her first paid job in journalism working as a researcher for Inside Out and the Politics Show.

She then pestered her bosses to learn camera and editing skills, and then became the video journalist for Cornwall.

Now based in Plymouth, Louise covers news stories from all over the BBC Spotlight patch, from the Isles of Scilly to Taunton and Weymouth.

She was also lucky enough to travel to Beijing to work as an editor for the Paralympics in 2008.

When she's not working Louise enjoys running - she's currently training for the Plymouth Half Marathon - walking, diving, cooking, knitting, listening to music, dancing, fishing, attempting to surf and generally enjoying herself.

From the north west originally, Louise loves living in Devon, and Plymouth especially.

"We're totally spoiled here," she said.

"What a treat to have the choice every weekend between spending time by the sea or walking on the moors."

Michael Chequer and friends
Co-presented by Louise Walter
Saturday 20 March 2010

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