Carol Kirkwood: BBC Breakfast weather presenter details stresses of the job ‘It’s a lot’

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The job of a weather presenter isn’t easy, and BBC Breakfast’s Carol Kirkwood, 58, pointed out that having a good memory is an important quality to have for the role. After all, a meteorologist reporting on location can’t see what’s going on the telly screen!

I get into the weather and I have to talk over moving graphics that I can’t see, so I need to have a mental image of what’s going on. It’s a lot.

Carol Kirkwood

But with so much to remember, the fan-favourite BBC star revealed that the job can sometimes be “a lot” to take on.

Speaking to, she relished the fact she is someone who manages to remember the details.

“Not a lot of people know this, but I’m very good at… remembering things,” she said.

“When I’m on location I don’t have any prompts – no monitors, no autocue, nothing.

“I’ve got to remember where I am, who I’m speaking to and what I need to ask.”

She added: “Then, I get into the weather and I have to talk over moving graphics that I can’t see, so I need to have a mental image of what’s going on. It’s a lot.”

Carol occasionally reports from location settings, but being outside also has its downfalls.

Reporting live with a little bit of small talk at the start to introduce her surroundings, a small slip of the tongue can lead to disaster, and recently poor Carol fell victim.

Reporting live from Greenwich Park, she was lapping up the morning sunlight as London began to wake up.

“Greenwich Park is one of the oldest and closed of the royal parks and look at it!” she said, greeting viewers.


But being out in the open rather than in a studio proved costly as the BBC favourite went on to mince her words in a rather risqué fashion.

“We’ve seen lots of doggers…” she stuttered, realising her mistake.

Quickly correcting herself: “Not doggers of course!”

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Ever the professional, Carol continued: “Dog walkers and joggers around here through the course of this morning,” before beginning this week’s weather news.

But alas, the mistake had been made and sure enough social media had field day with the hilarious blunder that left viewers and the studio in hysterics.

Usually, Carol’s based in at BBC’s London offices, while the flagship breakfast program is filmed up north at their Salford studios in Manchester.

But while in conversation with her pal and former colleague Bill Turnbull on his Classic FM podcast, she revealed it isn’t all glitz and glamour like one would imagine a TV studio to be.

“I’m in there [the studio] more or less by myself!” she told him, as she detailed her typical work morning.

“And the weather studio we have in London is like a broom cupboard and it’s self operated,” she said.

Bill was stunned but at least Carol can get out and about sometimes!

BBC Breakfast airs weekdays at 6am on BBC One.

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