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Bill Turnbull
Born William Robert Jolyon Turnbull
(1956-01-25) 25 January 1956 (age 58)[citation needed]
Guildford, Surrey, England
Ethnicity British
Occupation Journalist and news presenter
Notable credit(s) BBC Breakfast
Spouse(s) Sarah McCombie (m. 1988)
Children Henry (b.1988)
Will (b.1989)
Flora (b.1991)

William Robert Jolyon "Bill" Turnbull (born 25 January 1956) is a British journalist and presenter, currently employed by the BBC.

He is the stand in presenter of BBC Breakfast, appearing alongside Louise Minchin every Monday to Wednesday. He is also a regular presenter of the BBC's Songs of Praise.

Early life[edit]

Eton College

Turnbull was born in Surrey, South East England, to an English father of Scottish ancestry and an English mother. He was educated at Eton College in Berkshire, followed by the University of Edinburgh, where he edited the student newspaper.

Career history[edit]

Turnbull's career began at Scottish local station Radio Clyde in 1978, and later, he freelanced for a number of years in the USA.

Turnbull joined the BBC as a reporter for the Today programme in 1986 and Breakfast Time as a reporter in 1988, before becoming a correspondent for BBC News in 1990. He covered a wide range of domestic and international stories, reporting from over thirty countries including a four-year stint as Washington Correspondent, based in the USA. His producer for a while was Sian Williams. In this role, he reported on a whole swathe of major American stories, including the O.J. Simpson murder trial and the Monica Lewinsky scandal that rocked Bill Clinton's presidency.

In 1997, Turnbull moved back to the UK and became one of the main presenters on BBC News 24, appearing alongside Valerie Sanderson. He also presented regular programmes on Radio 5 Live, including a stint as a presenter on Weekend Breakfast.

He joined the BBC Breakfast team in 2001 as a weekend presenter, presenting with Sian Williams initially and then later Sarah Montague, Mishal Husain and Susanna Reid. He also regularly appeared as a relief presenter on the weekday programme with Sophie Raworth, Natasha Kaplinsky, Kate Silverton and Louise Minchin. In 2008, he became the main weekday presenter of Breakfast rejoining Williams and replacing Dermot Murnaghan.Turnbull was also an occasional relief presenter of News at Six and News at One.

As well as anchoring programmes in the studio, Turnbull regularly presents on location. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he was sent to New Orleans to report for BBC News, presenting both Breakfast and the News at Six live from Biloxi and Gulfport, Mississippi. In the aftermath of the 7 July 2005 London bombings, Turnbull anchored Breakfast's coverage live from King's Cross railway station. Bill fronted the programme's coverage of the 2008 US Presidential election live from Washington and New York. He was in Washington, D.C. once again for the 2012 us presidential election.

In April and May 2010 Turnbull travelled around the UK presenting and reporting for Breakfast on the General Election campaign trail.[1][2] In June 2010 he presented Breakfast live from Whitehaven in the aftermath of the Cumbria shootings. Bill now presents the BBC Breakfast show from Salford, with Louise Minchin.

Other TV appearances[edit]

In 2005, he was a contestant in the third series of Strictly Come Dancing, paired with Karen Hardy. In spite of a serious ankle injury in the second week (which then flared up at various points in the series), he stayed in the competition seven weeks, finishing sixth out of twelve contestants.

In August 2006, he agreed to take part in a polyphasic sleep experiment presented on BBC One's The One Show. In this experiment, he slept for a total of three hours per day, in six thirty-minute bursts, for ten consecutive days. The effect of this sleep pattern on his health was plain to see as he presented Breakfast almost every weekday during the duration of the exercise and became increasingly sleep deprived.[3]

In November 2006, Turnbull performed with the BBC News presenters for Children in Need in a performance which Jan Moir, writing for The Telegraph described as "charisma-free" and adding that although Turnbull dressed up like James Bond, he looked like a "dodgy sommelier."[4]

Turnbull also appeared in an episode of the game show School's Out broadcast on BBC One on 11 August 2007.

In September 2007, Bill appeared on the celebrity version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? with his BBC Breakfast co-presenter Sian Williams to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

On 28 October 2007, he made a guest appearance on the children's television show SMart. In January 2008, he appeared on Celebrity Mastermind. His specialist subject was Beekeeping.

In 2009, he took part in the BBC series Around the World in 80 Days with Breakfast colleague Louise Minchin for Children in Need, travelling from Mongolia, through Russia and South Korea, before crossing the Pacific on a container ship and landing in California.[5]

In 2011, he also made an appearance on the BBC One game show Pointless Celebrities with Sian Williams, which they won. He also appeared alongside Lee Mack and Louie Spence on Would I Lie To You? and made a guest appearance as himself in "The Wedding of River Song", the sixth series finale of Doctor Who.

In 2012, he appeared in Professor Green's music video for "Remedy".

In 2013, he joined the presenting team of the BBC's Songs of Praise and also appeared in an episode of Room 101.

Personal life[edit]

Turnbull married Sarah McCombie in March 1988 in the London Borough of Hackney. The couple have two sons, Henry and Will (born October 1988 and October 1989), and a daughter Flora (born August 1991). Turnbull and his wife previously lived in Buckinghamshire but had to relocate to Rainow, Cheshire in 2012 following BBC Breakfast moving to Salford.[6]

Turnbull is a fan of Wycombe Wanderers football club[7] where he commentates on home games for online listeners. His hobbies include beekeeping, chickens and dancing. In addition, Turnbull enjoys long distance running, having competed in the London Marathon on a number of occasions, and the Great North Run on 5 October 2008. On 8 September 2009, Turnbull was made an honorary doctor at Buckinghamshire New University in recognition of his charity work within the Buckinghamshire community.[8]

In May 2010, he published The Bad Beekeepers Club, a humorous book about the ups and downs of beekeeping.


  1. ^ General Election 2010 – television, radio, online, mobile and interactive. Bbc.co.uk (6 April 2010). Retrieved on 9 February 2013.
  2. ^ ANDREW GREAVES: 'Expect Brown to come out fighting today' The Bolton News, 12 April 2010
  3. ^ Bill Turnbull's diary over polyphasic sleep period BBC – The One Show
  4. ^ Why can't newsreaders just read the news? Daily Telegraph, 8 November 2006
  5. ^ Around The World Feature BBC Press Office
  6. ^ BBC Breakfast, BBC 1, 11 April 2012
  7. ^ Bill Turnbull biography, 19 February 2011
  8. ^ http://bucks.ac.uk/content/newsroom/2009/bbcbreakfast. Retrieved 2 June 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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Video clips[edit]

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Preceded by
Darren Jordon
Weekend Presenter of BBC Breakfast
Succeeded by
Charlie Stayt
Preceded by
Dermot Murnaghan
Weekday Presenter of BBC Breakfast

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Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 03:37:41 -0700

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Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:26:21 -0700

But the Breakfast star's innuendo-laden exchange with presenter Bill Turnbull was anything but frosty today. Temperatures rose when Bill, 58, told Carol, who had on a tight-fitting red dress showing a flash of cleavage: “There's a lot of interest in ...
Huffington Post UK
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 05:17:02 -0700

Bill Turnbull was seen turning on the ol' Turnbull charm during Tuesday morning's 'BBC Breakfast', with the conversation between the presenter and weather forecaster Carol Kirkwood taking a surprisingly saucy turn. SEE MORE: Bill Turnbull: 'Susanna ...

Rochdale Online

Rochdale Online
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 16:03:14 -0700

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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 01:26:15 -0700

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CitiBlog (blog)

CitiBlog (blog)
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 02:32:09 -0700

Held at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in March 2014, the evening was compered by Bill Turnbull, BBC broadcaster. Next year's MKBAA will be on Thursday 12 March 2015 will be hosted by Kate Adie, BBC broadcaster and former war correspondent.

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Tue, 07 Oct 2014 10:54:50 -0700

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