Victoria Derbyshire Biography & Net Worth
|Popular Name:||Victoria Derbyshire|
|Real Name:||Victoria Antoinette Derbyshire|
|Birth Date:||2 October 1968|
|Birth Place:||Ramsbottom, Lancashire, England|
Mark Sandell (m. 2018)
|Profession:||Journalist, Broadcaster, Newsreader|
|Net Worth:||$4 Million|
Victoria Derbyshire is a famous multi-award-winning British journalist, broadcaster and newsreader. Her eponymous debate and current affairs program aired on the BBC News and BBC Two Channel from 2015 until 2020. She has also hosted BBC Panorama and Newsnight. Derbyshire was one of the eight women that appeared in the BAFTA-nominated, International Emmy and Royal Television Society award-winning ITV entertainment documentary “The Real Full Monty: Ladies Night” to raise awareness of breast cancer. She formerly presented current affairs, interview program and the morning news on BBC Radio 5 Live from 10 am to 12 noon each weekday. Furthermore, she was a 5 Live anchor for 16 years, departing in the end of 2014. Derbyshire left at the same time as associate 5 Live broadcasters Shelagh Fogarty and Richard Bacon. A serial award winner, she has collected multiple awards in the course of her ambitious career. She bagged gold Sony awards in 1999, 2002, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014, collected a BAFTA award in 2017, and picked up two Royal Television Society awards in 2018.
Victoria Derbyshire’s Biography
Victoria Antoinette Derbyshire was born on 2 October 1968 in Ramsbottom, Lancashire, England to Pauline and Anthony Derbyshire. She has revealed that her father physically abused her, her younger brother and sister, and their mother. Derbyshire’s mother eventually walked out of the abusive marriage, leaving with the three children. Victoria was 16 when they left their father and she never saw him again.
She studied at the independent Bury Grammar School for Girls before joining the University of Liverpool for a degree in English language and literature. While at the university, Derbyshire wrote for the student newspaper and also worked with Toxteth Community Radio for some hours every Sunday where she gained work experience. Afterward, she moved to Preston Polytechnic (now known as the University of Central Lancashire) for a postgraduate diploma course in radio and television journalism.
Victoria Derbyshire’s Career
While studying at the University of Liverpool, Derbyshire wrote for the student newspaper and also worked with Toxteth Community Radio for some hours every Sunday, and this helped her gain work experience. As soon as she had completed her education, she joined BBC Coventry & Warwickshire as a radio reporter and later found a spot at BBC GMR Radio. In 1998, she switched allegiance to BBC Radio 5 Live, initially deputizing for presenter Jane Garvey on the breakfast show, and eventually became the regular co-presenter alongside Julian Worricker when Garvey left relinquished her spot. The program, ‘Breakfast Show’, won a Gold Sony Award in 1998 and another in 2002. When Julian Worricker left the show in January 2003, Derbyshire was joined by Nicky Campbell. In August the following year, she took over the morning news show after being on maternity leave.
Derbyshire has covered some major global stories since joining BBC Radio 5 Live, including 9/11, general elections, the Paris Concorde crash, World Cups and Olympic Games. On television, she has carried out several key duties as well and has covered the Manchester Arena bombing as well as the Grenfell Tower fire.
Victoria Derbyshire has worked on many TV news and political programs so far in her life. She has hosted or co-hosted ‘Watchdog’, ‘Panorama’, ‘Victoria Derbyshire Interviews’, and ‘ This Week, an interview series on the BBC News Channel. She hosted a sports chat program called ‘SportsTalk’ on Channel 4 on Saturday mornings.
In October 2011, the journalist made her debut on the show ‘Have I Got News for You’. In 2013, under the editorship of Ian Katz, Derbyshire started hosting Newsnight while continuing to anchor her daily 5 Live program. Her final Radio 5 Live program was broadcast on 5 September 2014. The ‘Victoria Derbyshire current affairs’ program was an original idea of hers and she proposed it to James Harding, then chief of BBC News, who launched it three days later. It began airing on the BBC News Channel and BBC Two on 7 April 2015.
Her eponymous show on the BBC News Channel was called off in January 2020 due to financial cutbacks in BBC News’ budget. She has claimed that she was not aware of the decision before the report appeared in The Times. The last program was aired in March 2020. Since then, she has presented BBC News 9 am to 11 am on BBC One/BBC Two, BBC World News and BBC News Channel.
Awards & Achievements
A veteran in the field of journalism, awards and accolades aren’t strange to Victoria Derbyshire who has won many of them throughout the course of her successful career. This woman was one of the eight women that appeared in the BAFTA-nominated, International Emmy and Royal Television Society award-winning ITV entertainment documentary “The Real Full Monty: Ladies Night” to raise awareness of breast cancer. She bagged gold Sony awards in 1999, 2002, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014, collected a BAFTA award in 2017, and picked up two Royal Television Society awards in 2018. In 2009, she collected a Nick Clarke Award received an Association for International Broadcasting Award in 2013. In 2014, she won a Radio Academy Award and won another Association for International Broadcasting Award that same year.
Derbyshire was chosen as PinkNews Broadcaster of the Year in 2015 and 2016. In 2017, she won a BAFTA Television Award and collected two Royal Television Society Awards the following year. She has been nominated for awards that she did not end up winning, such as the Royal Television Society award, the BAFTA awards, and several others.
Personal Life & Family
Victoria Derbyshire and Mark Sandell tied the knot in 2018, and have gone on to have two children.
Her younger brother, Nick Derbyshire, played county cricket for Lancashire and Essex between 1994 and 1996.
During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, she told the Radio Times that she would break the rule of 6 to be with her family of seven for Christmas. She justified her public statement by commenting that, “everybody else would be doing it”. However, she later issued a public apology for her insensitive comments.
She took to Twitter in August 2015 to announce that she has been discovered to have breast cancer and would be having a mastectomy. To the amazement of the people, she continued to host her program as often as she could during treatment. She even recorded video diaries about her treatment, from mastectomy to chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Her videos when uploaded to social media sites went viral amassed millions of views in a short time.
In 2018, alongside seven other women who had gone through breast cancer treatment, Derbyshire took part in an ITV documentary “The Real Full Monty: Ladies’ Night” in which the women encouraged women to regularly check their bodies for signs of cancer. The program ended up winning a Royal Television Society Award, an International Emmy Award, and a BAFTA Award nomination.
Victoria Derbyshire Net Worth
Victoria Derbyshire is a popular name in the United Kingdom. As already mentioned severally in this bio, she is a multiple award-winning broadcaster and reporter who has been working with the BBC for several years now. For nearly two decades, this brilliant lady has been a news presenter in the UK and has amassed considerable experience on the job.
Following the BBC’s release of a report of its highest earners in July 2019, it was discovered that Victoria Derbyshire collected a salary of nearly £219,999 for the year 2018/2019. This made her the fourteenth highest-earning female journalist at the BBC.
As it stands, her net worth is almost $4 million according to authentic online reports. She has had a stellar career, no doubts, and even though she has had her own share of ups and downs just like everyone else, she has managed to keep her shoulders up and has reached a level where she is looked at as one of the most experienced and richest journalists at BBC.