Lucy Meacock in 2018 having just abseiled down Radio City Tower, Liverpool.

Lucy Meacock is an English journalist and presenter employed by ITV Granada. She has been one of the main female news presenters of ITV regional news programme, Granada Reports since 1988 and celebrated 30 years presenting the programme in November 2018 at age 59.

Early life and educationEdit

Meacock moved to Chester when she was 6. [1] She was educated at the independent school, Ursuline Convent, in Chester. She then moved to Australia, where she attended the independent Morongo Girls College in Geelong, Victoria. After returning to the UK, she attended the independent Upper Chine School in Shanklin on the Isle of Wight.[2]

Broadcasting careerEdit

Meacock started her career at the Chester Chronicle.[1] She went on to work with BBC Radio Newcastle, ITV News Tyne Tees on ITV Tyne Tees and London Plus on BBC South East - in the 1980s.[3] She then worked for ITV News Anglia on ITV Anglia.[2]

Meacock has been the lead female presenter for Granada Reports on ITV Granada since 1988 where she has won 2 Baftas. One for coverage of the Hillsborough disaster. On 31 March 2006 Meacock interviewed the United States Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice on Granada Reports.[4] Meacock currently presents Granada Reports from Monday to Thursday and presents two lunchtime (Wednesday/Thursday) and two late (Monday/Tuesday) bulletins per week

She has also chaired the ITV Granada late night discussion programme, The Late Debate as well as co-presenting Granada Upfront, a live regional debate programme with Tony Wilson.[2]

In 2001 Meacock won two Royal Television Society awards for the Manchester Bomb Programme and the Organ Retention Scandal Debate.[2]

In 2007 she joined ITN covering various ITV News programmes until August 2009, she returned in July 2011 until 2015.

In November 2009 Meacock was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Central Lancashire.[5]

Additionally she hosts various business awards & conferences. She also mentors new broadcasters, actors & public speakers. Her charity work has involved climbing Snowdon, cycling from Manchester to Chester and from Chester to Liverpool.It’s also involved sleeping out for the homeless and abseiling down Liverpool’s Radio City Tower.

In popular cultureEdit

St Helens based comedy folk band the Lancashire Hotpots included a song about Lucy on their fifth album Achtung Gravy.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Granada reports presenters Lucy Meacock and Tony Morris". Country Life. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d "Manchester Celebrities: Television, Film, Media & Broadcasting". Manchester Film & Television Celebrities. Archived from the original on 9 December 2004. Retrieved 7 October 2007.
  3. ^ "TV Presenters: British and Irish TV talent, ITV1 - Granada presenters". The TV Room Plus. Retrieved 7 October 2007.
  4. ^ "Interview With U.K. Foreign Secretary Jack Straw by Granada TV's Lucy Meacock (Secretary Condoleezza Rice)". United States Department of State. 31 March 2006. Retrieved 7 October 2007.
  5. ^ http://www.lep.co.uk/news/University39s-caps-it-all-as.5885867.jp
  6. ^ http://www.last.fm/music/The+Lancashire+Hotpots/Achtung+Gravy

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