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Bill Turnbull
Born William Robert Jolyon Turnbull
(1956-01-25) 25 January 1956 (age 60)[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 main male presenter of BBC Breakfast, and also regularly hosts the religious series 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 number 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.

It was announced on 2 September 2015 that he will leave Breakfast in early 2016 after fifteen years.[3]

It has been announced that in 2016 Turnbull will host a new day time TV quiz show on the BBC Called Think Tank and will be presenting the show as main host.[4]

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.[5]

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."[6]

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.[7]

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, with his then Breakfast co-presenter Sian Williams.

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.[8]

Turnbull is a fan of Wycombe Wanderers football club[9] 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.[10]

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


External links[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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The Guardian

The Guardian
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:37:07 -0800

“It is an honour to be given this opportunity and to follow in the footsteps of someone like Bill Turnbull. The man has significant shoes to fill, so I hope I can do as good a job as he did waking up the nation.” BBC Breakfast editor Adam Bullimore ...


Sun, 07 Feb 2016 23:30:00 -0800

Bill Turnbull has just joined an elite group of men to make it as cover stars on Saga Magazine: Al Pacino, Michael Palin, Jamie Oliver. The BBC Breakfast presenter is looking quite chuffed at this, but adds: “My face was next to another story, which ...


Wed, 27 Jan 2016 07:00:00 -0800

Most of us are able to tell the difference between Kit Harington and his Game Of Thrones alter-ego Jon Snow. But that didn't stop BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull from slipping up when the actor was a guest on the show earlier this week. Kit ...

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News
Fri, 22 Jan 2016 00:41:17 -0800

Bill Turnbull announced last September he was leaving BBC Breakfast after 15 years - to look after his bees. The presenter will read his last autocue on the famous red sofa next month so the big question now is, who will replace him? BBC Sport ...

Huffington Post UK

Huffington Post UK
Tue, 26 Jan 2016 06:26:15 -0800

'BBC Breakfast' presenter Bill Turnbull apparently outed himself as a 'Game Of Thrones' devotee during Tuesday's show, after making a slip-up live on air. On Tuesday, he and co-host Louise Minchin had Kit Harington on the sofa to talk about his latest ...

Kidderminster Shuttle

Kidderminster Shuttle
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 06:37:30 -0800

Sports presenter Dan Walker will replace Bill Turnbull as the co-presenter of BBC Breakfast. Dan, who currently hosts Afternoon Edition on BBC Radio 5 Live and Football Focus on BBC One, said he was “thrilled” to join the BBC's daily morning news ...


Wed, 10 Feb 2016 01:13:47 -0800

Susanna Reid leads congratulations to Bill Turnbull's BBC... After a bit of a tough start, Ben eventually got the interview underway, nervously chattering on and asking Jimmy about climbing Mount Everest twice, while tackling the ropes. As Ben shrieked ...


Fri, 11 Dec 2015 13:19:51 -0800

Departing TV host Bill Turnbull is to stage a rapid comeback with a new daily game show for BBC1. The popular Breakfast presenter announced his decision to quit the earlybird programme in September, but has now been lined up for a general knowledge ...

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