Jackie Bird is a freelance TV, Radio presenter, and event host. She is one of Scotland’s most popular and recognised television personalities.
Jackie is best known as the former anchor of BBC Scotland’s news programme Reporting Scotland and host of Hogmanay Live in Scotland.
Jackie is in demand as a live presenter and host for conferences, fashion shows, awards, charity events and debates.
Jackie is also a Newspaper columnist and has written and produced the comedy series The Lewis Lectures and Having it All for BBC Radio Scotland.
On 13 June 2012, Jackie was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters (D Litt) in a graduation ceremony at the University of Glasgow
In October 2014 she celebrated 25 years of working on Reporting Scotland. She is the longest-running newsreader on the programme.
Jackie Bird is one of the best-known faces and voices in Scotland and has reported from landmark events that have shaped a quarter of a century of Scottish life.
She has covered major events including the Dunblane killings; the devolution debate and opening of the Scottish Parliament; and the Lockerbie bombing inquiry. She was even present at the Scotland football team’s last foray into a World Cup – and hasn’t given up hope of another.
Jackie has anchored Reporting Scotland from locations as diverse as Helmand, Hollywood, Washington, Wimbledon, Sri Lanka, Seville and a leaking barge on the River Seine.
Jackie works extensively on radio, writing and presenting current affairs output. She has also written and produced a sit-com series, sketch shows, music programmes and an acclaimed series on the history of the Scottish Suffragette movement.
When not broadcasting Jackie is a confessed ‘obsessed athlete and is a qualified aerobics teacher and swim coach, a Triathlete competitor and keen half marathon runner, a skilled dinghy sailor and water-skier.
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