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11.03.03

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Jennie Bond to leave BBC after 14 years as Royal Correspondent


Jennie 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.


Since 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.


Jennie 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."


Adrian 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."


During 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 landmines.


Jennie 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 Princessís funeral in 1997.


Jennie 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.


Joining 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.


Jennie 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.


Jennie 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.


She is married and has one daughter.


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