Hannah’s love of radio began in her teenage years. She gained a degree in radio, film and TV at Canterbury Christ Church University. Her first broadcasting job was with BBC Radio in Herts, Beds and Bucks. She moved into television as a network announcer on BBC One and BBC Two (1997 – 2000). She was the launch announcer on BBC Choice. In 2000, she appeared on BBC One’s daytime show Talking TV and showed presenter Vanessa Feltz behind-the-scenes of network control – and Vanessa even did two short daytime BBC One links.
Since going freelance, Hannah has been a busy voiceover artist, voicing many commercials and narrating TV documentaries and factual series. In 2002, she became the voice of BBC Four for four years and since 2006 has been heard globally as the sole announcer on the TV channel BBC World News, with an audience of 85 million. Hannah presented for Cruise1st TV and also worked for TV Travel Shop, Thompson TV and Living TV (2001 – 2012).
She was a regular presenter/reporter for BBC One’s Heaven and Earth Show (2005 – 2007). She presented four series for ITV: Taste of the South; Cathedral Cities; The Flying Winemakers; By Royal Appointment (2005 – 2008). She also presented the award-winning radio series Travellers’ Tales for Premier Christian Communications (2014 – 2015).
Since 2010, Hannah has been a producer for BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought. She won the Jerusalem award in 2015 in their radio strand category and was named runner-up in 2016. She was runner-up in the new Interview of the Year category in the Sandford St Martin Awards 2016.
Paul R. Jackson corresponded with Hannah in September 2017 and asked which BBC Radio station she started her career with: “I was at BBC Three Counties Radio (under my first married name, Hannah Wooding) for over four years (before I went to BBC TV), where I was first employed to run the Action desk, then as a presenter on breakfast, then drivetime. The announcer job was advertised in The Guardian. Richard Straker had already left by the time I joined and I don’t think there was officially a senior announcer at that point, though dear Peter Brook was very much the elder statesman! I am still the BBC World News announcer and I do still produce Pause for Thought, the pre-recorded slots that still TX overnight, despite the schedule no longer being live. I work for TBI Media who produce these slots for BBC Radio 2. Travellers’ Tales was a programme on Premier Radio, and it won three broadcasting awards during my tenure as presenter.”
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