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Alex Gerlis was born in Grimsby, Lincolnshire. He graduated from Hull University with a degree in Law and Politics and after a variety of jobs in political research and journalism joined the BBC in 1984 on a three month contract and ending up staying for over twenty seven years. His BBC career began as a researcher on Panorama and he then worked as a Producer on a number of programmes, including The Money Programme. In 1990 he became an Assistant Editor on Breakfast News, covering major stories such as the first Gulf War and the fall of Margaret Thatcher.
Following a spell as Deputy Home News Editor for BBC News he moved into the Television Newsroom as an editor on the One o’clock, the Six o’clock News and the BBC Weekend News. In 2002 he was appointed Assistant Managing Editor, BBC Television News. A year later he was promoted to run the BBC’s journalism training operation and in 2005 became Head of Training in the new BBC College of Journalism, responsible for journalism training throughout the BBC.
While at the BBC Alex was a member of the Broadcast Journalism Training Council and chair of the European Union Training Committee. He left the BBC in 2011 to concentrate on writing and other activities, including media consultancy. Alex lives in west London and is married with two daughters and one grandson. Aside from the usual interests which he seems to share with anyone else who bothers to list their interests – reading, restaurants and travel – he enjoys swimming and watching football.
He has supported Grimsby Town since watching them beat Bristol Rovers 3-2 in February 1968, a result which he did not realise at the time would be the high point of his supporting the Mariners.
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