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BBC Breakfast: Rachel Burden nearly gives out wrong number
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Rachel Burden, 46, has developed a successful career in broadcasting at the BBC over the years. The presenter has fronted the BBC Radio 5 Live weekday breakfast show since 2011.
She is also part of the BBC Breakfast presenting team at the weekends.
Rachel has now reflected on who inspired her to work for the BBC following criticism from Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries.
The MP claimed that the BBC is staffed by people “whose mum and dad worked there” during the Tory Conference in Manchester this week.
Defending the BBC against accusations of nepotism made by the Tory politician, Rachel insisted that she herself is “the only person I know in the BBC who’s had a parent who worked there”.
The TV host went on to explain how her dad influenced her love for radio after he worked at the BBC.
She admitted in view of her 84,000 Twitter followers: “I am the only person I know in the BBC who’s had a parent who worked there.
“My dad definitely did give me a love for radio.”
Rachel went on to say that although her dad did work for the BBC, in light of Dorries’ claims, she is “not embarrassed” over the family link.
“He left before I got my first job at @BBCSuffolk – but I’m not embarrassed about the fact he worked here.
“I’m very proud to have followed him.”
Fans took to the comments section of Rachel’s post to share their thoughts on her family admission.
Vic Read commented: “Thanks to your Father not only for helping bringing you into the world but for also giving you the love of being with the beeb on the radio & tv. X.”
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Colin Robson agreed: “Off the top of my head Zoe Ball, Victoria Coren Mitchell, Jay Rayner, but isn’t it normal that some kids follow their parents into the same line of work?”
Ian Kendle replied: “I’m very glad you did follow your dad Rachel, radio (and television) would be a very poor place without you.”
Darren Maggs penned: “I wouldn’t give her the satisfaction of rising to her nonsense.”
Speaking at the Tory Conference in Manchester yesterday, Dorries claimed that the institution was being driven by nepotism.
She said: “The perspective from the BBC is that they will get a settlement and then we’ll talk about how they’re going to change.
“But my perspective is, tell me how you’re going to change and then you get a settlement.
“We’re having a discussion about how the BBC can become more representative of the people who pay the licence fee, and how it can be more accessible to people from all backgrounds, not just people whose mum and dad worked there,” she told a live edition of the Telegraph podcast, Chopper’s Politics.
In 2013, the Culture Secretary drew criticism for employing two of her daughters in her parliamentary office at a cost of up to £80,000.
It was revealed that the Conservative Party member had employed daughters Phillipa and Jennifer in secretarial roles in her office.
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