Janet Street-Porter

Television presenter, journalist and former editor of The Independent on Sunday

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Janet Street-Porter’s career spans almost five decades, encompassing print, radio and broadcast media, starting in the late 1960‘s as a fashion writer and weekly columnist on the Daily Mail and then the Evening Standard. She moved to radio, co-hosting a morning show on LBC, London’s first commercial station, in 1973.

In 1975 she moved to television, presenting an award-winning series for young people, The London Weekend Show. She hosted late night talk shows Around Midnight and Saturday Night People and prime chat series like The Six O’Clock Show for ITV.

In 1981 Janet became a producer, creating a series for Danny Baker, 20th Century Box. Next, she co-created the ground-breaking series Network 7 for  Channel 4, winning a BAFTA for originality in 1988.

In 1987 she was appointed Head of Youth and Entertainment Features for the BBC. Here she commissioned numerous series  and wrote new formats like the Rough Guides. She remained at the BBC until 1994 and during this time was responsible for 35 series from This Is Your Life through to Fantasy Football League.

In 1999 Janet moved back into print media and became Editor of the Independent on Sunday.

Over recent years Janet has appeared on numerous TV shows for all the major broadcasters including four series of The F Word with Gordon Ramsay, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here (2004), Deadline (she was the editor of this celebrity staffed newspaper), Call Me A Cabbie, So You Think You Can Nurse and So You Think You Can Teach. She has appeared frequently on Question Time and Have I Got News For You.

She was a finalist on Celebrity Masterchef in 2013 and presented a 20 part series on the food specialties of Britain A Taste of Britain with Brian Turner on BBC One in 2014.

A former President of the Ramblers, she’s  made a number of television programmes on Britain’s great walks, including Coast to Coast and As The Crow Flies,  walking in a straight line from Edinburgh to London.

Janet appears as a panelist on ITV1’s Loose Women, writes regularly for the Daily Mail and has a weekly column for the Independent on Saturday.
She has written seven books including two volumes of memoirs, two self-help guides and two books on walking.


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