Bond to leave BBC after 14 years as Royal Correspondent
Bond is leaving the BBC after a long and highly successful career.
Best known for her role as Royal Correspondent, Jennie has decided
to pursue a freelance career, to give her more time with her family
and greater freedom to explore new opportunities and projects. She'll
continue in her present job until the end of August.
becoming Royal Correspondent in 1989, Jennie has reported on one
of the most turbulent periods in the history of the Royal Family,
including the Golden Jubilee celebrations, royal marriages - and
divorces - and the deaths of Her Majesty The Queen Mother, Princess
Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales.
Bond said: "I've been mulling over this for the past year -
and have now decided that it's time to branch out into new fields.
I've had a wonderful time and feel I have got the best out of my
job, during one of the most tumultuous decades for the Royal Family.
I can't wait to turn my hand to some different projects and to spend
more time with my family."
Van Klaveren, Head of Newsgathering, said: "Jennie has redefined
the role of a television Royal Correspondent, covering so many momentous
events with a unique mixture of personal insight and a sense of
what really matters. Along with millions of viewers and listeners,
everyone at BBC News is saddened by her decision to move on but
fully understands her reasons. We wish her and her family the very
best for the future."
her career Jennie travelled extensively with the Royal Family. She
accompanied Diana Princess of Wales, most memorably on her campaigning
trip to Angola, when she focused world attention on the issue of
got to know the Princess well. Her toughest assignment came when
she had to cover the breaking news story of the fatal car accident
and the Princess’s funeral in 1997.
Bond was in Australia, in January 1994, when an attempt was made
to shoot Prince Charles. She was with the Queen on her first, historic
official visits to Russia in 1994 and to meet President Mandela
in South Africa a year later.
the BBC in 1977 as a sub-editor in radio news, she also worked as
a producer on Woman's Hour, Tuesday Call, International Assignment
and for TV documentaries. She was appointed a BBC Radio Reporter
in 1985, joining TV News three years later.
has combined her current role as a correspondent with presenting
the Today programme, Breakfast, the One O'Clock and Six O'Clock
News as well as regular weekend bulletins.
was born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire on August 19 1950. She went to
school in Letchworth at St Francis' College and later read French
and European literature at the University of Warwick. Her first
job in journalism was as a reporter for the Richmond Herald from
where she moved to the Uxbridge Evening Mail.
is married and has one daughter.