digplanet beta 1: Athena
Share digplanet:


Applied sciences






















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."

External links[edit]


Original courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maxine_Mawhinney — Please support Wikipedia.
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia. A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.

30 news items

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. Ads by Google. Maxine was presenting on the BBC the night in 1997 when the horror ...


Sat, 02 May 2015 04:13:22 -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 ...

Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Thu, 14 May 2015 05:32:29 -0700

And in 2012 BBC News presenter Maxine Mawhinney said a 'man c***' was over instead of man hunt. In 2010 BBC Radio 4 host James Naughtie slipped up in a similar way when he tried to introduce then Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt live on the Today ...

BBC News

BBC News
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:26:38 -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.

The Guardian

The Guardian
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:39:38 -0800

Whether it's Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman presenting the most-watched show on television at the moment, Strictly Come Dancing, Carole Walker and Maxine Mawhinney bringing you the news, Clare Balding and Gabby Logan presenting sport or Mary ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:01:22 -0800

Miriam O' Reilly The Lords committee heard evidence from journalists including Miriam O' Reilly, who worked at the BBC for 25 years. Photograph: Rex Features. Tara Conlan. Thursday 15 January 2015 19.01 EST Last modified on Friday 16 January 2015 ...


Wed, 04 Feb 2015 08:07:30 -0800

BBC News broadcaster and journalist, Maxine Mawhinney demonstrated her presenting skills in a talk to Level 3 Photography students at Huntingdonshire Regional College last Wednesday. Maxine inspired her audience with the story of her own career path ...

Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Sat, 08 Nov 2014 05:03:33 -0800

A BBC spokesman said: 'We actually have many excellent experienced female journalists across BBC News: Lyse Doucet, Orla Guerin, Sarah Montague, Martha Kearney, Carole Walker and Maxine Mawhinney among others. 'Maxine is one of the best ...

Oops, we seem to be having trouble contacting Twitter

Support Wikipedia

A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia. Please add your support for Wikipedia!

Searchlight Group

Digplanet also receives support from Searchlight Group. Visit Searchlight