Polly Sharpe

Polly began her broadcasting career in 1998, after studying politics at Durham University. She started as a journalist on a commercial radio station in her home city of Lincoln, Lincs FM, spending five years working as a reporter, newsreader and producer.

She then moved to Hull to work for the BBC as it launched a brand new region – East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. Starting as a trainee TV journalist, she gradually worked her way up to become Assistant Editor of the BBC Look North news programme.

Most recently, Polly was Output Editor at BBC Breakfast news, covering many big national and international stories. During this time, she led the gallery TV team, the production team and presenting team when the programme was on-air. She also produced and led several outside broadcasts, including in the run-up to the 2015 General Election.

She’s also worked as a BBC local radio news editor and ran a regional planning ‘hub’ in the North West to improve original journalism across TV, radio, online and digital.

Polly is passionate about improving access to the industry for people from all backgrounds. She combines her lecturing with freelance work.

Email: P.R.Sharpe@ljmu.ac.uk

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