Vanessa Kirkpatrick – biography

Vanessa Kirkpatrick joined Granada Television in 1982 as a Researcher. For much of her time at Granada she worked on Granada Reports but also had stints on This Is Your Right, Jobwatch, Flying Start, Hold Tight, Connections, What the Papers Say, Hospital Watch, Union World and University Challenge. Vanessa also worked as a presenter and…

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Vanessa Kirkpatrick on joining Granada

I was a Politics graduate Leeds University. 1978. Professor Ralph Miliband was my tutor and also Head of Department. David and Ed came in a couple of times. To fund my MSc course at University of Bradford, I managed to get a Research Assistant post with the Lucas Aerospace Shop Stewards Combine Committee. Thousands of…

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Vanessa Kirkpatrick describes her induction weeks

The Induction weeks I was to start on Granada Reports and would be shadowing Judy Finnigan – ‘my mother’ for the two weeks induction. My unassigned ‘brothers’ were the three amigos: superstar editors, Oral, Dave and Kim who adopted me on the recommendation of a mutual friend. Everything was a haze, maybe because I was…

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Vanessa Kirkpatrick remembers working on Granada Reports

One of my first assignments on Granada Reports was covering a large demo about public sector low pay.  Some of my new Manchester friends were extreme left – and there they were on Bury New Rd. with their banners, some emblazoned with accusations of right wing media bias! One of them spotted me and shouted…

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Vanessa Kirkpatrick on racism, sex and ‘Blond Blue Eyed Girls’

The first week of my induction at Granada wasn’t especially welcoming. After one of my first news conferences, a senior journalist frenziedly wheeled their chair to my desk (Hamilton couldn’t have done it faster) and whispered in my ear ‘you do know don’t you that you’ve only been taken on because you’re black.’ – then…

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Vanessa Kirkpatrick talks about Marjorie Giles, her mentor

Working for the gorgeous, sexy, sensational, witty ,bright eyed, intelligent, terribly posh and motivational producer Marjorie Giles, This Is Your Right(TIYR).   Journalists and ‘serious researchers’ were very condescending to researchers who worked on TIYR. We had been cast into the wilderness of ‘programme making on pitiful budgets.’ But Marjorie didn’t care. She nurtured us,…

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