blog pic 5 (Bill Turnbull)The British Sign Awards will have a new host in 2016. The gala awards event will take place at East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham on Thursday, November 3rd and the Master of Ceremonies will be broadcaster and journalist Bill Turnbull, who stepped down this year after 15 years on the BBC Breakfast sofa.

“Bill Turnbull has been a fixture on our early morning television screens since 2001 and we are delighted he has agreed to host the awards,” said David Catanach, Director of the BSGA.

Bill’s career started in 1978 on Radio Clyde in Scotland and he then freelanced for a number of years in the USA before joining the BBC in 1986 as a reporter for the Today programme. He became a correspondent for BBC News in 1990, reporting from over 30 countries, including the USA where he covered a number of major stories including the O.J.Simpson murder trial and the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

In 1997 he became one of the main presenters on BBC News 24 and joined the Breakfast show in 2001 as a weekend presenter. In 2008 he took over as the main weekday presenter of Breakfast.
As well as presenting programmes in the studio, Bill regularly worked on location and reported from New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, anchored the coverage of the 2005 London bombing live from Kings Cross, and fronted coverage of US Presidential Elections in 2008 and 2012.

Bill was also a contestant in the third series of Strictly Come Dancing. Despite a serious ankle injury suffered in the second week and the scathing critiques from Craig Revel Horwood, Bill stayed in the competition for seven weeks, finishing sixth out of the 12 contestants.

In his spare time Bill supports Wycombe Wanderers FC and keeps bees and chickens. He also enjoys long distance running and has participated in the London Marathon on several occasions.

Full details of the awards and the event can eb found at www.britishsignawards.org