Kay Burley's Biography

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Kay Burley was born on 17 December 1960.

Her father was a lecturer and her mother a chef at Wigan technical college.

Kay Burley was one of the original Sky News team, and continued to work at the channel, hosting Sky News Lunchtime Live.

Since May 2006, Kay Burley also hosted the 5.30pm bulletins on Five over the summer as a stand-in for Kirsty Young, who was on maternity leave.

Kay Burley joined the Evening Post and Chronicle in Wigan at just 17. She worked in various broadcast media before joining breakfast channel, TV-am, in 1985, as a newsreader and presenter.

From there she moved to Sky.

According to Kay Burley's profile on Sky: "Kay was voted What Satellite TV’s Most Desirable Woman on TV for three consecutive years."

In addition to her newsreading duties, Kay Burley has conducted various high profile interviews including with Rebecca Loos, Gordon Brown and Shilpa Shetty.

The Sun reported in 2006 how Kay Burley has worked every Christmas day since she joined Sky News:

"She will present the Sunrise program from 6am to 10am in what she describes as a 16-year-tradition."

Kay Burley, who was partnered by Fred Palascak, left in the fifth week of Dancing On Ice in 2007 having previously survived a number of skate-offs.

In 2011, she wrote a novel, First Ladies, which she followed up with another called Betrayal.

In December 2020, Kay Burley was taken off air by Sky while an investigation into breaches of Covid guidelines was carried out

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