The Forum’s Speaker Finder John Spinner was a school teacher in Grimsby during his working life. At the meeting on the 3rd of October he introduced one of his former pupils, Keeley Donovan, the BBC Look North television presenter. Keeley began her television career at the age of 14 at a local channel in Grimsby and her presentation gave the Forum a light-hearted insight into her career so far. She began her BBC career as a local reporter operating around Hull before being transferred to Leeds.
The BBC had begun a policy of presenting weather forecasts using reporters rather than meteorologists and Keeley was appointed in this role. Since then she has expanded her career into general reporting and has appeared in national programmes such as Breaking Britain and Countryfile Diary.
She illustrated her talk with short video clips taken from some of her appearances. Currently Keeley is presenting Inside Out, a current affairs programme dealing with local issues, and she revealed to the Forum some of its coming items.
A lively question and answer session followed which unfortunately had to be cut short so Keeley could keep a filming appointment in Sheffield.
Forum Chairman Mike Earle thanked Keeley for an entertaining talk. Her speaker’s fee will be donated to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.