Marverine Cole Damian Prestidge

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Marverine is an award winning journalist and broadcaster. She has appeared on many of the UK’s most watched and listened to broadcasters, including Sky News, 5 News, BBC 5 Live and BBC Radio 4, and has joined the presening team at Good Morning Britain. 


Marverine Cole is a multi-award-winning journalist and broadcaster from Birmingham. Her media and journalism career spans more than thirty years, as a reporter, producer and news anchor for many of the UK’s most watched and listened to broadcasters, including Sky News, 5 News, BBC 5 Live and BBC Radio 4. She also joined the presenting team at Good Morning Britain.

As a TV Newsreader, she’s presented bulletins for the BBC and ITV in the Midlands, and 5 News, live rolling news programmes for Sky News, and a corporate news show for ITN Productions.

As a radio presenter, Marverine has presented speech and phone-in programmes for BBC Radio WM, Up All Night on BBC 5 Live, co-presented Saturday Live with Reverend Richard Coles on BBC Radio 4, and presented afternoon shows on Classic FM. She has also presented several podcasts for BBC Storyworks, Vintage Books and BBC Good Food.

When it comes to radio documentaries, Marverine conceived Luck Be A Lady Tonight about female gambling addicts for BBC Radio 4, Ladies with Lyrics – The Rise of the Female MC for BBC 1Xtra, and executive produced Where are All the Black Girls in Grime for BBC Radio 4. However, she is best known for Black Girls Don’t Cry, a BBC Radio 4 documentary that she produced and presented, and which earned her the accolade of Journalist of the Year at the Mind Media Awards.

Marverine is the resident Beer Columnist for BBC Good Food magazine and online, where she exercises her credentials as an accredited beer sommelier. As one Britain’s leading female beer experts, she’s often seen hosting live beer tastings on ITV shows like Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh, and This Morning. She has also appeared on flagship Channel 4 shows Countdown and Steph’s Packed Lunch.

Marverine has presented lifestyle, food, technology, beauty, and fashion shows for Britain’s most successful and profitable shopping channel QVC. She was the channel's first Black female main presenter in over twenty years.


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