Apart from news and current affairs, she also fronted, together with Mike Smith, a travel and transport leisure series called Transit which went out live on BBC 2. This was followed by a 20 part series called The Small Business Programme for BBC Midlands.
She was then head hunted to join the multi award winning Sky News where she spent the next 15 years as one of their anchor newsreaders, conducting daily interviews with world leaders, specialist commentators and showbiz personalities. At Sky, she and one of her co-presenters, Laurie Mayer, fronted Skys high profile extensive coverage of the infamous O.J.Simpson murder trial. She also presented Sky Ones book programme. On subjects as diverse as mine clearance and female slave trafficking, Vivien filmed 2 documentaries for Sky News in Cambodia and China.
For the last decade, Vivien has been a regular travel writer for the Mail on Sunday, reviewing many different types of long haul holidays around the world including the United States, India, Canada, China, Thailand, South Africa, South America and Australia. Vivien has worked for many years with the United Nations and is one of only a few British women broadcasters to be asked to chair UN Conferences which often include very large audiences, live satellite links and interviews via interpreters. The first of these was for the World Health Organisation in Geneva in the 1990s. At the UNs 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing, where there were more than 5,000 delegates, Vivien hosted sessions where the speakers included Hillary Clinton, Benazir Bhutto and Jane Fonda. More recently, before the unrest began in Egypt, she facilitated an audience with the world�s press in Cairos main sports stadium for Gamal Mubarak, son of the former President, Hosni Mubarak who is now, like his father, in prison!
WHAT VIVIEN CAN DO FOR YOU
In the words of Coutts Bank, Off stage she is flexible, listens hard to the brief and absorbs all the information and feedback. On stage she has a lovely tone and manner, the ability to set speakers at ease, yet put them under pressure and creates a real bond with the audience. I�ll be looking for an excuse to use her again as soon as possible!
Vivien can bring a truly professional touch to your meeting or conference however small or large it is. The experience that a skilled television presenter can bring to your event should not be under estimated. Vivien is always conscious of the clock ticking, and can bring guest speakers in on time as well as ensuring smooth links into and out of every contribution. Despite the often serious subjects that Vivien has to deal with, she retains a great sense of humour and natural wit.
Vivien has written many amusing and informative articles for publications such as The Evening Standard and is a regular celebrity travel reporter for The Mail on Sunday.
Thank you for ensuring that our event was such a success. Your willingness to learn about our industry and your sheer professionalism were highly impressive. The whole thing was chaired flawlessly and you made sure that presentations ran beautifully.
ASTRA ZENECA, EUROPEAN CONFERENCE