Deputy Editor

Kelly Crawford

Kelly is BBC News Leader with more than 20 years extensive experience in television, radio and digital journalism. She has worked on some of the biggest BBC One brands, including the flagship bulletins at Six and Ten and BBC Breakfast.


Describe what you were like at school in three words?

Happy, conscientious, determined

What’s the best thing about Manchester?

Definitely not the weather! I’m a southerner born and bred, so for me the loveliest thing

is the friendliness of everyone in the north. It’s not a cliché – it’s completely true –

everything takes twice as long because everyone wants to chat, but I love that.

What has been your biggest disappointment?

Recently I didn’t get a job I really wanted – it was the next step on the ladder for me. But since then , I’ve taken myself out of my comfort zone and am working on a new project for the next 3 months which is a lot of fun and totally different – it’s the pick me up I needed!

How do you relax?

I love my Friday Bootcamp sessions with my girlfriends – we’ve been going to bootcamp together for about 7 years now. It’s more to do with the giant breakfast we all have afterwards, when we put the world to rights. It’s my weekly therapy!

The soundtrack to your life. Which song?

Can’t take my eyes off you, by Andy Williams – it was our first dance at our wedding and still takes me straight back to that day.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?

Not too far – I’d go back to the sixties. I’d love to have been a teenager during flower power and the swinging sixties when times were changing so quickly.

What’s your most over-used phrase?


What advice would you give to your 15 year-old self?

You’re good enough – be proud of yourself – no one’s watching that closely.




Deputy Editor