Biography

Lynda Bryans was anchor presenter for Ulster TV’s main news programme UTV Live, and a reporter for ITV News, before leaving broadcasting and qualifying as a teacher. She began her career in the BBC Northern Ireland newsroom during the height of the hunger strikes in the early 1980’s. A career that has spanned three decades, she was the former host of Inside Ulster, she filed reports for Holiday and was a presenter on the first ever Animal Hospital. Lynda became a Northern Irish institution presenting Sunday Morning and Home Sweet Home.

Lynda anchored the local UTV Live flagship TV News for 14 years and hosted the live Radio show “Lunch with Lynda Bryans” on u105. She has covered local, national and international events for both the BBC and ITV networks, and has covered a wide range of breaking news; most notably travelling to New York in the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy.  

Lynda is now Course Director of the Level 5 HND Journalism programme at Belfast Metropolitan College. She is a qualified teacher and holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Further and Higher Education (PGCE) with an HND in Broadcast Journalism. Lynda is a member of the lecturing team across several Multiplatform Journalism courses, where her subject areas are Broadcast Journalism and Public Affairs.  She has written for media outlets including the Newsletter and Northern Woman magazine and provides voice overs, corporate video services and media training to executives.

Lynda is a mental health advocate and speaks publicly about her own experiences of depression.  She represents third sector organisations at board level, notably, AWARE, NI’s foremost mental health charity, and has presented the case for good mental health to the Stormont Health Committee.  She is current Chairman of Youth Lyric, one of the largest youth arts organisations on the island of Ireland and is passionate about inspiring confidence in young people. Lynda was presented with an Award of Distinction by Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education (2006) for her contribution to the life of the citizens of Belfast. 

1999-2018 Take I Take II Ltd – Lynda ran her own production company delivering presenter services and voiceovers for broadcast and corporate platforms.

TV/Radio/Print:
UTV Live – Anchor (Evening news, ITV Northern Ireland)
UTV Live Tonight – Anchor (Evening current affairs analysis programme)
U105 Lunch with Lynda Bryans – Presenter (3 hours live radio show)
Portrush Sea Rescue – Presenter/Reporter (series of 7 x 30 min for ITV)
Shine A Light – Producer/Presenter – Documentary on Children with Cancer, (30mins for UTV)
Home Sweet Home – Lifestyle, homes and interiors TV show for UTV (3 series)
Presenting/Reporting on various other factual programmes, eg: News and Current Affairs ‘specials’ for UTV
Weekend news anchor for ITV News Channel
Presenter/Reporter ITV anniversary specials – Bethlehem Year Zero (2000), Dateline: Jerusalem (2000),  The Battle of Britain at 60, (CTVC for ITV Network)
Presenter, ‘Sunday Morning’ 1999-2002 (Anglia TV for ITV Network)
Reporter for ‘The Holiday Programme’ (BBC) 1990s and 2000s
Presenter ‘Animal Hospital’ (BBC) including Christmas Day special (1994)
Presenter/Reporter ‘Here and Now’ (BBC News and Current Affairs, BBC-1) – 3 series
Before all that, Lynda was at BBC Northern Ireland – news anchor, radio presenter, reporter, various other roles, eg: local presenter ‘Children In Need’ etc…

Print: Travel reviews for ‘Northern Woman’
Weekly opinion column in ‘The Belfast Newsletter’ – the oldest surviving English language daily newspaper (2010-2014)