Read journalist lands presenting role on BBC show Watchdog

Louise Hulland

Louise Hulland

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AN AWARD winning journalist from Read has landed herself a top presenting spot on the popular BBC show Watchdog.

Louise Hulland is a roving reporter on BBC1’s Watchdog Daily which is being screened everyday at 11am until the first week in December. Reporting from all over the North-West on a range of trading standards issues, Louise said her latest job has been a real learning curve for her.

She said: “We are dealing with all kinds of issues, from whether or not the taxis you are riding around in are safe to the diet pill industry and how safe it is and I have learned so many things.’’

Louise (33) produced her first newspaper at the tender age of eight when she was a pupil at Read Primary School and her efforts were rewarded with a trip to the Burnley Express to see how a real newspaper is produced.

Louise then went on to work for the Clitheroe Advertiser newspaper before moving into radio. Eight years ago Louise scooped a Gold Sony Radio Academy Award for her Radio One documentary Missing the Message. Focusing on the rise of HIV in young people in Britain, a subject close to her heart, Louise devised and produced the programme. It received critical acclaim and Louise was named in The Independent as an “up and coming radio star.’’

A graduate of the University of Durham where she studied Theology and Criminology, Louise has worked for Sky News and ITN where she has interviewed some of the world’s biggest stars including Tom Cruise, Kylie Minogue, Michael Douglas and Britney Spears. She covered countless London premieres, the BAFTAs and the trial of Michael Jackson.

She has worked for Radio One where she was a researcher for Chris Moyles, Jo Whiley, Sara Cox and Jamie Theakston. At Radio Two Louise, who attended Clitheroe Royal Grammar School, worked as a guest booker for Steve Wright and produced Sir Terry Wogan’s Children in Need Money Can’t Buy auctions. As a host Louise has presented for BBC London 94.9, BBC Radio Bristol, BBC Radio Devon and appears as a guest on LBC 97.3.

Louise made her debut on Watchdog in October alongside presenters Anne Robinson, Matt Allwright and Chris Hollins.