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Martine Dennis in 2011
29 January 1961 |
|Occupation||Newsreader, Journalist, news presenter|
|Notable credit(s)||The World Today|
Martine started her broadcasting career as a graduate trainee at LBC/IRN in London in 1983.There she did parliamentary reporting and made radio documentaries notably Zimbabwe - Five Years after Independence documentary.Also she covered the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Nassau, the Bahamas in 1985 interviewing Rajiv Gandhi, Mrs Thatcher and Edward Seaga.
In 1987 she became a presenter-producer for Focus on Africa, the BBC African Service, based at Bush House in London and in 1989 Martine became a presenter, reporter and producer at Sky News, London. She was an overnight news presenter until 1991 when she went to South Africa. In South Africa she freelanced for BBC World Service, covering South Africa's first democratic election.
In 1994 she became the presenter of Carte Blanche, South Africa's top weekly current affairs feature programme. In 1995, Martine returned to London to work on current affairs programmes, including Correspondent.
In 2014 Martine left the BBC to go to Al Jazeera after 20 years at the corporation.
When Martine Dennis came back from South Africa in 1995, she worked briefly as a correspondent for BBC1’s Here and Now weekly programme. Later she became a main presenter of BBC World News. She presented the first edition of The World Today with Tanya Beckett when it was launched in September 2001. She has been the main presenter of The World Today (BBC News at 0500 GMT) since then (as of 2011). She also fronts BBC World News on various time slots. During her long broadcasting career she has presented a wide range of stories.
Martine Dennis is a mother of two children and presently lives in Qatar.