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Maxine Mawhinney is a newsreader on BBC News, the BBC's 24 hour rolling news channel and BBC News at One on weekends.


Born in Bangor, County Down, she trained as a newspaper journalist in Northern Ireland, then joined BBC Television and Radio in Belfast, before moving to Ulster Television and then ITN in London.

She joined Sky News at its launch in 1989, as Ireland correspondent, remaining for two years before going to Tokyo as News Editor for Asia for Reuters Television.

After two years in Asia, she spent a year in Frankfurt, Germany, for Reuters Television before being appointed Washington Correspondent for GMTV at its launch in 1993.

In 1996 she returned to London joining the BBC's international news channel BBC World. She was the duty presenter in the early hours of 31 August 1997 when news broke of the car crash of Diana, Princess of Wales. Although she was soon replaced by the channel's senior presenter Nik Gowing, she continued to give updates on the story throughout the night. She can be seen in this role in the 2006 feature film The Queen.

In November 1997 she joined BBC News (then BBC News 24) as one of the launch presenters. Since then she has presented various timeslots on the channel, including a period in the afternoon slot alongside Matthew Amroliwala and Chris Eakin, before being shifted to Sunday afternoons in April 2006. She has since also taken on the Saturday and Monday morning slots and the Friday afternoon slot as well as also regularly covering other shifts on the channel. Mawhinney also appears on the BBC News at One weekend lunchtime bulletins as part of her weekend shifts. In the past she has also presented BBC Breakfast and the BBC One O'Clock News.

In March 2011, Mawhinney covered a majority of news time on the BBC News Channel for the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami over the weekend after it occurred on 11 March 2011.

She currently presents from 1000–1600 on Saturdays, 1300–1600 on Sundays and 1830-2100 on Monday on the BBC News Channel.

Mawhinney is married with two daughters. She was diagnosed with cancer in early 2014 after a holiday to Australia. She is undergoing radiotherapy and was back in the studio in March 2014. She said, via Twitter, "Prognosis very good and I'm very positive."

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Belfast Telegraph

Belfast Telegraph
Mon, 04 May 2015 04:02:33 -0700

From the worst of times to the best of times, it seems Northern Ireland journalist Maxine Mawhinney is the go-to reporter when it comes to the big breaking royal stories. Also in this Section. PSNI condemns TA base bombs find · Two partially-exploded ...


Sat, 02 May 2015 04:03:45 -0700

Perhaps it was the excitement of the birth of the princess what done it, but the BBC appear to have got their wires crossed. Maxine Mawhinney referred to Prince George, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's first child, as Saint George. He's got to be ...

Spectator.co.uk (blog)

Spectator.co.uk (blog)
Sat, 02 May 2015 04:49:45 -0700

This morning the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby girl. The girl, who is the Queen's fifth great-grandchild, is the fourth in line to the throne. As members of the public began to celebrate, the political leaders were quick to put out their ...

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast Telegraph
Thu, 15 Jan 2015 19:55:09 -0800

Health Minister Edwin Poots' bid to overturn rulings that his ban on gay men giving blood in Northern Ireland was irrational and "infected" by apparent bias has been hit by delay. Also in this Section. Paint bombers hit McGuinness home · Belfast-born ...

TV Newsroom

TV Newsroom
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:22:30 -0800

1. Manchester United v Sunderland; 2. West Bromwich Albion v Southampton; 3. West Ham United v Crystal Palace. 4. Newcastle United v Aston Villa; 5. Stoke City v Hull City; 6. Burnley v Swansea City. Gary Lineker will present highlights from all six ...

BBC News

BBC News
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:26:15 -0800

... good care of them, the zoo said. Cheetahs are threatened with extinction in the wild, and the zoo's curator of mammals, Pavel Brendl, described the species as "lazy lovers" who need special attention to be encouraged to breed. Maxine Mawhinney reports.

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast Telegraph
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 23:53:11 -0800

Belfast-born Maxine Mawhinney is delighted to announce a good news royal story. Ads by Google. As our hospitals continue to struggle to cope with spikes in patient numbers, the new figures were branded a "worrying trend" by the Patient Client Council.

TV Newsroom

TV Newsroom
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:45:00 -0700

It comes from the Stade de France, where the hosts are looking to avenge a 3-0 defeat when the sides last met in 2013. Prior to that contest, the French's recent record had been impressive against the Brazilians, as they had gone six matches unbeaten ...

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