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Bill Turnbull : biography

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William Robert "Bill" Turnbull (born 25 January 1956) is a British journalist and presenter, currently employed by the BBC and best known for presenting BBC Breakfast. He is the main male presenter of Breakfast broadcast on BBC One and BBC News, presenting alongside Susanna Reid each Monday-Wednesday.

Other TV appearances

In 2005, he was a contestant in the third series of the BBC dancing competition 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 programme. 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. BBC – The One Show

In November 2006, Turnbull performed on screen with the BBC News presenters for Children in Need. Daily Telegraph, 8 November 2006

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

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? BBC Breakfast

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. BBC Press Office

Pointless BBC Breakfast Would I Lie To You? 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 flagship religious programme Songs of Praise and also appeared in an episode of Room 101.

Personal life

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). Bill and his wife previously lived in Buckinghamshire but had to relocate to Rainow, Cheshire in 2012 following BBC Breakfast moving to Salford.BBC Breakfast, BBC 1, 11 April 2012

Turnbull is a fan of Wycombe Wanderers football club, 19 February 2011 where he commentates on home games for online listeners. His hobbies include beekeeping, he also keeps chickens. 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 Bucks New University in recognition of his charity work within the Buckinghamshire community.

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

He is a fluent speaker of French.. YouTube (10 July 2012). Retrieved on 9 February 2013.

Career history

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

He joined the BBC as a reporter for the Today programme in 1986 and Breakfast 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.

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