2017 Guest Speaker - Bill Turnbull
We were delighted to host Bill Turnbull at our 167th Annual General Meeting, held on Wednesday 29 March 2017 at Trinity Park, Ipswich.
Bill took to the stage straight after the AGM and entertained us with anecdotes from his career and personal life.
About Bill Turnbull
Bill Turnbull’s career in journalism began at Scottish local station Radio Clyde, before moving to the USA to work as a freelancer. Bill joined the BBC as a reporter for Breakfast in 1988, before becoming a correspondent for BBC News.
As a correspondent 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. In this role he reported on a whole swathe of major American stories, including the OJ Simpson murder trial and the Monica Lewinsky scandal. In 1997, Bill moved back to the UK to become one of the main presenters on BBC News 24.
He also presented regular programmes on Radio Five Live, including a stint as a presenter on Weekend Breakfast. Turnbull joined the BBC Breakfast team in 2001 as one of the programme's main presenters – a position he held for 15 years. As well as anchoring programmes in the studio, Bill regularly presents on location. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he was sent to New Orleans to report for BBC News, presenting both BBC Breakfast and the BBC Six O'Clock News live from Biloxi and Gulfport, Mississippi. In the aftermath of the July 7th bombings in Central London, Bill anchored Breakfast's coverage live from King's Cross station.
In 2005, Bill was a contestant in the BBC’s dancing competition Strictly Come Dancing, paired with Karen Hardy. The pair performed entertaining routines, and made it to the later stages of the competition. Bill currently hosts the BBC One quiz show ‘Think Tank’ and a weekend mid-morning show on Classic FM.
Bill is married with three children and lives in Suffolk. In his spare time he looks after his chickens, and rather more hazardously, four hives of bees.