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Konnie shows
the way forward
Many young people dream of a career Drama Guildhall Grades and becoming programme in the run up to the
in television, and this is a hard area to a member of the National Youth Music General Election of that year. At the
break into, especially at the moment. Theatre, where she appeared in pro- age of 16, Konnie also auditioned to be
However the success story of Konnie ductions in Sadlers Wells Theatre and a TV presenter for a cable and satellite
Huq, one of the British Bangladeshi the Edinburgh Festival. programme called TVFM (Television,
communities brightest young stars Although she spent a lot of time fol- Video, Film & Music) and she pre-
shows that it is possible. lowing her interest in drama, Konnie sented this show whilst completing
did not neglect her studies and ended her A Level studies at school. During
Konnie, who was born in 1975 in up with 9 GCSEs and 3 A Levels her fi rst year of University, Konnie pre-
Ealing, to mother Rowshan and father before going on to study Economics at sented a programme called Eat Your
Mohammed Abdul Huq, has two sisters Cambridge University. Words, which transmitted early on
Nutun and Rupa. From an early age, A landmark in her budding TV career Saturday mornings as part of GMTV.
Konnie enjoyed drama, completing her came in 1992, when Konnie inter- After fi nishing her degree at
viewed Neil Kinnock for the BBC’s Cambridge, Konnie began present-
N e w s r o u n d ing on Channel 5 on a programme
called Milkshake, whilst also working
at Q Magazine. However in December
1997 she got her big break, when she
became the 25th presenter of the
BBC’s long running children’s pro-
gramme Blue Peter. In her role as a
Blue Peter presenter she fi lmed in
many countries, including a fi lming
trip to Bangladesh and her parents’
village in Pabna as well as Dhaka.
Konnie presented Blue Peter for 10
years, becoming the shows longest
running female presenter. During this
time, she worked with many charities
for various Blue Peter appeals. She
then went on from this work to become
a ambassador for the Red Cross.
During her time on Blue Peter, Konnie
interviewed many famous and pro-
lifi c people including the then Prime
Minister Tony Blair.
Since leaving Blue Peter, Konnie has
done many other television proj-
ects which have included the London
Mayoral Debate with Ken Livingstone
and Boris Johnson, the Red Bull Air
Race for Channel 4, Zoo Days for
Channel 5 and Guinness World Records
Smashed on Sky 1, among others.
Konnie is now working on a number of
TV and presenting jobs, and will doubt-
less be a regular on our screens for
many years to come.
Spice Business Magazine 9 November | December 2009
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