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Edith Bowman

Siobhanne Beattie


Looking flawlessly chic in a gypsy-inspired white dress, I watched in complete awe, as Edith Bowman presented The Killers with “Best Internationl Band” at The 2005 NME Awards, fighting off stiff competition from Scissor Sisters, Kings Of Leon, and U2.  However, contrary to popular belief, my awe wasn’t a reaction to the band deservedly clinching the infamous V sign statuette, or at how enchanting Brandon Flowers was but my gaping mouth, and eyes glued to the screen were meant only for Edith.

Edith Bowman has, probably without really trying, become one of my biggest inspirations.

Being a budding music journalist, who harbours enormous daydreams of interviewing the likes of Bono, Lady GaGa or, indeed, Brandon Flowers backstage at Glastonbury or T In The Park, Edith Bowman is a beacon of hope and encouragement to a young Glasgow girl like me.

Born Edith Eleanor Bowman on 15th January 1974, in Anstruther, Fife,  Edith studied in Edinburgh at Queen Margaret University College and landed her big break as a DJ with Capital FM, co-presenting Hit Music between 2001-2002, alongside Cat Deeley.  Edith’s first onscreen job was as a newsreader on MTV UK, she also presented Hitlist UK in 2002, again alongside Cat Deeley.  Edith landed a presenting slot with Channel 4 breakfast show, RI:SE in 2002.  From 2003 to 2006, she regular presented Top Of The Pops.

2003 marked an important turning point for Edith, she landed a DJ slot at BBC Radio 1 alongside Colin Murray, on The Edith and Colin Show, which proved very popular with listeners.  However, in 2006, Edith and Colin parted company, albeit under friendly circumstances, as Edith moved to a prominent lunchtime slot at the station, on air from 1.00pm till 4.00pm, Monday to Friday, and was a favourite among the Radio 1’s dedicated listeners who tuned in daily in their millions.

July 2009 saw BBC Radio 1 bosses announce that Edith would be moving from her popular lunchtime slot to the Weekend Breakfast show, losing her slot to Greg James.  The announcement was met with much criticism and anger from fans.

Despite her stellar reputation and popularity as a Radio DJ, Edith Bowman is also well known, and loved, for her work on Television, in particular her annual festival coverage.  Edith has been known to present live from Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, and, of course, T In The Park, usually alongside BBC Radio 1 colleague, and friend, Zane Lowe.  Edith Bowman is as much apart of T In The Park, as Tennent’s Lager!

Some of Edith’s greatest achievements can be pinned to her career as a Television Presenter, from co-presenting The Q Awards with Colin Murray in 2005, to presenting Live Earth in 2007, and of course, presenting coverage of Live8 in 2005.

Edith is greatly involved in campaigning against Breast Cancer and took part in a Fashion Targets Breast Cancer Campaign in 2008.  Edith participated in ‘Comic Relief Does Fame Academy’ in aid of Comic Relief in 2005, and won the competiton with her rendition of Oasis’ Champagne Supernova.

Edith Bowman is an inspirational figure in music-related media, and for me, proof that there is not only a niche, but a place, for young women, in the somewhat male dominated, music media, and shown me, personally, that even “small-time Scots” are entitled to dream BIG.  With poise, professionalism, a genuine passion for music, and humour, Edith Bowman is one of the most credible, and respected, female figures at the forefront of music media today.