Rachael Bland (née Hodges) currently presents the news on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC North West Tonight.
After training as a broadcast journalist, Bland presented news bulletins on BBC Wiltshire. She then moved to BBC Radio 5 Live, at first reading the news on Richard Bacon’s show. Bland started to present sports on television, as well as a relief and weekend presenter on the BBC News Channel.
Since BBC Radio 5 Live moved to MediaCityUK, Salford Quays in Manchester in 2011, Bland has started to present on BBC North West Tonight as both a newsreader and as the main relief presenter.
Bland is a part-time triathlete, and competed in the 2010 Mazda London Triathlon raising funds for Breast Cancer Care. Bland has completed the London marathon every year since 2010.
In September 2013 Rachael married BBC 5 Live producer Steve Bland.