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Kirsty Young


1969 -

Television and radio presenter. Born and brought up in Stirling, where she attended Stirling High School, Young began her career on BBC Radio Scotland as a newsreader in 1989. In 1992, she moved to Scottish Television (STV) as presenter of Scotland Today, their regional news programme. It was for STV that she made her name with her own chat-show, Kirsty, but it had limited success (1994).

She came to national attention as a presenter of the new Channel 5 TV news (1997), which adopted a novel informal format. This resulted in Young winning the prestigious Sir James Carreras Award for Outstanding New Talent (1997). She won the Newscaster of the Year award (1998). In the same year, she became a presenter on Talk Radio and, in 2006, she took over the long-running show Desert Islands Discs on Radio 4.

Young now maintains homes in London and Somerset.


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