The future looks bright for one Staffordshire University journalism student who is making her television debut as a weather presenter with the BBC.
Genelle Aldred, aged 25, is to graduate from Staffordshire this summer after studying on the university’s MA Broadcast Journalism course.
As part of the BBC’s investment in its regional weather service Ms Aldred has been recruited to join the West Midlands team, fronted by main weather presenter Shefali Oza.
Ms Aldred said: “This is such a fantastic opportunity and I’m really looking forward to presenting the region’s weather.
“My colleagues at BBC Midlands Today have been so supportive and I was given a real advantage by my course at Staffordshire University. It was very demanding but helped prepare me for the newsroom.”
Ms Aldred, from Erdington, was selected for the new post after working for the regional news programme on a work experience placement, where she originally contributed to the programme’s online news service.
She has since undergone meteorological training in preparation for her new role, which will support the morning and weekend weather service.
Sarah Rowlands, head of journalism at Staffordshire University, said: “We are delighted with Genelle’s success – but we weren’t surprised that the BBC wanted to snap her up straight away.Genelle is a such a lovely, bubbly person. Ever since she enrolled on the course Genelle has been a superb TV presenter."