Fran Morrison

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Fran Morrison was a presenter and reporter with BBC Reporting Scotland in the late 1970s.

When the BBC's Newsnight when launched in 1980, the programme's editor George Carey chose Morrison to read the news headlines. Carey had first met Morrison soon after she graduated from St Andrew's University and was working for the BBC as a sub-editor in London in the early 1970s. It was reported that the BBC's then head of current affairs admitted that Morrison's looks were a "major factor" in her selection. She left the programme in 1981 and the 11pm headlines were thereafter read by the main presenter.[1]

Morrison then went on to the BBC's South East At Six (1983); and became a reporter on 60 Minutes (1983—1984).

She left broadcasting to work for Shell Information Services (SIS), a now-defunct wing of the global oil company Shell.

From 1999 she was head of corporate communications for British American Tobacco.


  1. 'Newsnight Fran moves into the big league', Glasgow Herald, 24 January 1980, 3.