Anna Ford studied at the University of Manchester and then worked as a teacher, including a period as a tutor for IRA prisoners in the Maze prison in Belfast.

She joined Granada TV as a researcher in 1974, before becoming a reporter and presenter on Granada Reports.

She left Granada in 1977 and subsequently worked for the BBC and ITN.

She was part of the TV-am presenting team, before re-joining the BBC and retiring from broadcasting in 2006.

In 2001 she was installed as the Chancellor of the University of Manchester.