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Caroline Feraday (born 25 May 1977) is an English television and radio broadcaster. Daughter of 'expert' forensic witness Alan Feraday, she married media lawyer Mark Lewis in June 2013. The couple separated a year later.
On 4 January 2013, it was reported that Caroline Feraday's show on BBC London 94.9 was cancelled overnight as part of cost-cutting measures. Although the presenter was in the running for a new show, she was told by text message that she had lost out instead of being informed in person by BBC bosses. A BBC spokesman said:
- "We appreciate Caroline and BBC London listeners may be disappointed. However changes to the schedule are a result of the BBC's savings programme agreed with the BBC Trust and have been planned for some time. The editor met with Caroline to discuss the changes."
Now living in Los Angeles, California, Caroline Feraday has hosted shows on 95.8 Capital FM, LBC 97.3, BBC Radio Five Live, BBC London 94.9 and BBC Radio 2. On television, she has presented for Sky News, BBC News, Sky One, GMTV, ITV, Channel 5, The Travel Channel and VH-1. She is the voice of many TV, cinema and radio adverts - from X-Box to Kelloggs - and has chaired a special version of 'Question Time' at the Conservative Party Conference.
Caroline Feraday joined London radio station Capital FM at the age of 18, after studying journalism and earlier stints at BBC Radio Kent and Invicta FM. She spent five years as the Capital's Flying Eye travel reporter on "Foxy's Drivetime" and "Tarrant at Breakfast", and presented "London Chart Show". In 2001 she moved to BBC Radio Five Live to present the travel reports - staying for two years. She then joined London radio station "LBC 97.3" at its relaunch under new owners Chrysalis Group, presenting the flagship "Drivetime Show". However after a series of changes, she moved to the Friday evening programme between 8-10pm until December 2006, when she left the station.
From July 2011, Caroline Feraday presented "Overnight on BBC London 94.9 with Caroline Feraday", live, every Friday from 2am till 6am. She was the main deputy presenter to Nikki Bedi and on rare occasions Ray Khan who both did the Overnight slot Monday to Thursday and Saturday to Sunday respectively since mid-August 2011. The BBC axed the show in January 2013 as part of a cost-cutting exercise.
Caroline Feraday made her first appearance on television as a presenter on VH1 in 1998. Since then she has appeared on Sky One, Sky Travel, GMTV, Living TV, ITV Play and the ITV News Channel. She has worked as a showbiz reporter on This Morning on ITV, and was the voice of Channel 4's morning show B4 (daily at 7.00am).
She also co-presented a comedy show entitled Consequently for Carlton Television, and has hosted Capital's "Party in the Park" event in front of 100,000 people, and introduced the Spice Girls at Wembley Stadium. She also covered the 2012 Olympics decision live from Trafalgar Square for London TV. From 2007-09, she presented morning news bulletins for BBC South East on BBC Breakfast. She now presents shows on Thomas Cook TV.
She occasionally appears on Five TV's The Wright Stuff as a panellist.
She has also appeared as a contestant on Anne Robinson's The Weakest Link.
Feraday presented The Mint on ITV Play and ITV. She is now a reporter on BBC South East.
Caroline Feraday was romantically involved with the comedian Frank Skinner and is mentioned frequently in his autobiography. She also dated "Strictly Come Dancing" professional Anton du Beke. In August 2012, she announced her engagement to media lawyer Mark Lewis, whom she married on 9 March 2013.
She enjoys films, music and running, and participated in her first marathon, the London Marathon, in 2005.
Dispute with Patrick Haseldine
On 4 February 2014, Caroline Feraday and her husband Mark Lewis launched an unprovoked attack on former diplomat Patrick Haseldine and the editor of The Ecologist Oliver Tickell on Twitter by referring to an article published in the then current issue of Private Eye magazine:
- "Old Chelsea Town Hall - Wedding Film"
- "Caroline Feraday's Official Website"
- "Scarcely a year after they married at Chelsea town hall following a whirlwind romance, glamorous TV presenter Caroline Feraday and lawyer Mark Lewis have parted ways"
- "Axed radio presenter Caroline Feraday hits out at the BBC for dropping her by TEXT"
- "The Huffington Post - Caroline Feraday"
- "Caroline Feraday - Corporate Events"
- "First BBC London 94.9 show"
- "Host of her own show on BBC London 94.9"
- "Sitting in for Nikki Bedi 1"
- "Sitting in for Nikki Bedi 2"
- "Sitting in for Ray Khan"
- "DJ Caroline Feraday's brief encounter" Daily Mail 7 August 2012
- "Have you nominated yourself for Twat of Year too?"