Who is Julie Etchingham? ITV newsreader who hosted the Tory leadership debate 2019  – Live News 24
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Who is Julie Etchingham? ITV newsreader who hosted the Tory leadership debate 2019 – Live News 24

JULIE Etchingham is the newsreader who brings us the day’s headlines during ITV News at Ten  The journalist is also the channel’s go-to person for hosting its big political debate shows – tonight she’ll be quizzing Johnson and Corbyn in the first General Election debate of 2019 Who is Julie Etchingham and what’s her background?  Julie was born in August 1969 in Leicester to her teacher parents and was raised as a Roman Catholic  She went to local schools in the city before becoming the first girl at her school to land a place at Cambridge to study English  Following university Julie joined the BBC’s graduate programme and worked at BBC Midlands before moving to London, where she became a well-known face on kids show Newsround  After a long stint at the corporation, she moved to Sky News in 2002, and became one of the main news anchors on the channel  But when ITV announced they were to bring back News at Ten, she was poached by the channel to host the programme alongside Sir Trevor McDonald  While at ITV she has been named Royal Television Society Presenter of the Year in 2010 and also fronts the Tonight show  The experienced host featured on ITV’s Tonight Special, which looked at the headlines around the Manchester attack  In May 2015, Julie chaired a televised leaders’ debate during the general election campaign and in 2016 hosted an EU referendum debate between David Cameron and Nigel Farage  Julie has been married to TV producer Nick Gardner for 20 years and the pair have two sons together Was she the host for the Tory leadership debate?  Yes. The debate was held live on ITV at 8pm on Tuesday, July 9, 2019  Julie Etchingham moderated the debate on the questions between the two candidates  The head-to-head will be live in front of a studio audience.  Viewers have already submitted their questions, and those selected will appear in the audience where they can ask their question direct on the night to the candidates What did Julie do during the Leaders’ Debate?  On May 18, 2017, the ITV broadcast a Leaders’ Debate ahead of the general election  Julie chaired the event, keeping the party leaders in check and making sure the debate ran smoothly  She hosted similar events during election campaigns in 2015 and 2016 and was praised for not trying to “hog the limelight ” What other major news stories has Julie Etchingham reported on?  In her time in broadcasting, Julie has reported on some of the biggest news stories over the past 20 years  Notable headlines include interviewing the then Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari and anchoring the coverage of Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton in 2011 with Philip Schofield  Since 2010, she has also fronted the current affairs programme Tonight, which is broadcast once a week on a Thursday  Julie still presents News at Ten but is now a deputy anchor behind Tom Bradby. She shares her presenting duties with Rageh Omaar and often files special reports for the bulletin

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