Kay Burley

Kay Burley is one of the foremost broadcast journalists in the UK, presenting Afternoon Live with Kay Burley, a three-hour weekday news programme on Sky News which features rolling news and human interest stories.

Kay was at the forefront of Sky News' coverage of the general election and interviewed many of the top campaigning politicians. When the general election was called on 6 April Kay spent the day on St Stephen’s Green outside the Palace of Westminster interviewing politicians and providing in-depth coverage of the story of the moment.

Broadcaster Kay Burley was born in Wigan and joined the Lancashire Evening Post and Chronicle as a trainee reporter aged 17.

Kay completed her NCTJ-training as a direct entrant from the United Newspapers training scheme at Preston Polytechnic, gaining the NCTJ proficiency test and impressively a shorthand speed of 110 wpm.

Kay went on to work in local radio and Tyne Tees Television before joining TV-am in 1985 as a reporter and occasional newsreader.

She joined Sky in November 1988 and launched the Sky One Entertainment Channel with her own documentary ‘The Satellite Revolution’ before moving to the fledgling Sky News.

One of the original Sky News line-up, Kay was live on air when the second aircraft hit the World Trade Centre in New York in 2001, creating news coverage for which Sky News received a Bafta.

Other breaking news stories Kay has covered include the fall of the Berlin Wall, the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan, the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, and the death of Her Majesty the Queen Mother.

In addition to breaking news, Kay has interviewed a wide range of names from the worlds of politics, sport and entertainment and is widely respected by fellow journalists for not shying away from asking celebrities hard hitting questions in interview.

Kay Burley said: “Sky News has a proud tradition of breaking news and the exacting standard demanded by the NCTJ was excellent preparation for the fast-pace of television news broadcasting.

“The practical, on-the-street nature of NCTJ training honed my interview skills, a crucial first step on the road to my broadcasting career. The high level of detail demanded by the public affairs examinations is knowledge I draw upon in my work to this very day."

July 2010