The incredible life of Sky News host Kay Burley

The incredible life of Sky News host Kay Burley

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Kay Burley

Kay Burley just became Sky News' hottest property.

With the imminent departure of high-profile colleagues, Eamonn Holmes and Jeremy Thompson, Kay has been handed a plum new slot.

She will anchor Sky News from 3 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. from the channel's new studio in central London next month. She is replacing the retiring Thompson, who currently hosts from 5 p.m.

The later time should deliver more viewers than Burley's current 2 p.m. slot — given there's more people at home sat in front of the TV — and will put her into competition with Huw Edwards, who presents the 5 p.m. hour on BBC News.

It is the latest milestone in a 28-year career at Sky News, where she holds a contract that runs until 2018.

Burley is known for her direct, animated style. She also has a lightness of touch, which marks her out from many of her peers.

It means Burley can go from giving the boss of Alton Towers a painful grilling over The Smiler rollercoaster disaster last year, to talking about animal psychology with a dog resting in her lap.

The award-winning anchor is also a generous interviewee, opening up about her private life and approach to money in many newspaper profiles over the years. Thanks to this, we know about her plastic surgery, holidaying habits, property portfolio, and her Cartier watch indulgences.

Here is the story of her life.

Burley was born in Wigan in 1960 and had a humble, but happy upbringing. She told Lancashire Life that her childhood was "full of love," adding: "My parents were amazing. They never had any money but they were warm."

Lancashire Life.

Kay Burley began her journalism career at the Lancashire Evening Post and Chronicle, aged 17. Her first TV job was on "Granada Reports" in 1981 as a researcher for husband and wife presenter duo Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan. She also worked for Tyne Tees Television, as this picture proves.

In 1985, Burley applied for a job as an overnight writer at "TV-am." She met the chief executive at the time on the stairs and he offered her a job as a reporter. Burley also worked as an occasional newsreader.

Burley presenting the news on "TV-am:"

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