Janet Street Porter Biography
Janet Street Porter, CBE is an English media personality, journalist and broadcaster. She was editor for two years of The Independent on Sunday, but relinquished the job to become editor-at-large in 2002. She fashion editor of the Evening Standard in 1971. In 1973, she co-presented a mid-morning show with Fleet Street columnist Paul Callan for LBC radio.
In early 1975, Janet Street-Porter was launch editor of Sell Out, an offshoot of the London listings magazine Time Out. The magazine was not a success. That same year she started in television at LWT. First as a reporter on a series of mainly youth-oriented programmes. Later on, she went on to present the late-night chat show Saturday Night People.
Janet Street-Porter later produced Twentieth Century Box (1980–82), presented by Danny Baker. Street-Porter was editor of the Network 7 series on Channel Four from 1987. In the same year, BBC2 controller Alan Yentob appointed her to become head of youth and entertainment features. She commissioned Rapido, Red Dwarf and Rough Guide. She was behind the cancellation of the long-running music series The Old Grey Whistle Test.
In 1992, Janet Street-Porter provided the story for The Vampyr: A Soap Opera. Her approach did not endear her to critics, who objected to her diction and questioned her suitability as an influence on Britain’s youth. In 1994, her final year at the BBC, she became head of independent commissioning. That same year, she joined Mirror Group Newspapers.
She became the joint-managing director with Kelvin MacKenzie of the ill-fated L!VE TV channel. Four months later, she left the group. Two years later, she set up her own production company. Since then, she has appeared several times on the BBC panel game Have I Got News for You. She has also appeared annually on BBC’s Question Time except in 2013.
In 2000,Janet Street-Porter was nominated for the “Mae West Award for the Most Outspoken Woman in the Industry” . Seven years later, Street-Porter starred in an ITV2 reality show called Deadline, serving as a tough-talking editor. She worked with a team of celebrity “reporters” whose job was to produce a weekly gossip magazine.
The celebrities in question had to endure the Janet Street-Porter tongue as she decided each week which of them to fire. She has appeared on numerous reality TV shows, including Call Me a Cabbie and So You Think You Can Teach. She conducted numerous interviews with business figures and others for Bloomberg TV.
Janet Street Porter Age
Janet Street-Porter was born in Brentford, Middlesex, England. She was born on 27th December 1946. Her current age is 72 years old as of 2018.
Janet Street Porter Net Worth
Janet Street-Porter has been in the media industry for a very long time now. She has made a huge fortune from her career as a journalist and a media personality. Her net worth is currently under review. It is however approximated that her net worth is something close to $1 million.
Janet Street Porter Family | Janet Street Porter Sister
Janet Street-Porter is the daughter of Stanley W G Bull and Cherry Cuff Ardern. Her father is an electrical engineer who had served as a sergeant in the Royal Corps of Signals in World War II. Her mother was Welsh and worked as a school dinner lady. She also worked in the civil service as a clerical assistant in a tax office.
Her mother was still married to her first husband, George Ardern, at the time of her birth. She was not to marry Stanley until 1954, hence her name being recorded thus in the birth records. She was later to take her father’s surname.
Janet Street-Porter grew up in Fulham, west London and Perivale, Greater London after the family moved there when she was 14. The family stayed in her mother’s home town of Llanfairfechan in North Wales for their holidays.
Janet Street-Porter has a younger sister Patricia Balsom. In a recent interview, she revealed that she almost killed her. She however made peace with her before she died from cancer aged 57.
David Sorkin Janet Street Porter’s Husband | Janet Street Porter Husband Peter Spanton
Janet Street-Porter’s love life has been a murky one. She met her first husband photographer Tim Street-Porter while studying. They later got married. They separated later on. She them married Tony Elliott. Still their marriage did not go well. They too separated. She is currently married to Peter Spanton.
Janet Street Porter Books
- Baggage : My Childhood Apr 30, 2004
- Life’s Too F***ing Short: A Guide to Getting What You Want Out of Life Without Wasting Time, Effort, or Money Sep 15, 2009
- As the Crow Flies: A Walk from Edinburgh to London in a Straight Line Apr 1, 1998
- Don’t Let the B*****ds Get You Down Jan 1, 2011
- Fall Out: A Memoir of Friends Made and Friends Unmade by Janet Street-Porter (2006-09-25) Jan 1, 1656
- Coast to Coast With Janet Street-porter Dec 1, 1998
- Get it by Thursday, May 23
- The Walk Of Life Jun 30, 2005
Janet Street Porter Interview
Janet Street Porter has revealed how she plotted to KILL her sister during an intimate personal interview. The Loose Women star was celebrating her 500th appearance on the show by taking a grilling from her fellow panelists. The 70-year-old was quizzed about everything from her difficult childhood, her failed marriages and her strained relationship with her mother.
But in her most shocking confession, Janet revealed she despised her younger sister Patricia Balsom, but made peace with her before she died from cancer aged 57. She said: “Yes I did plot to kill my sister. I was outraged when she was born. How dare my mother have another child. My sister was a much more upbeat, happy kind of person.
“And we had to share a bedroom. That’s the other thing, no one asks you, they just plonk them down in your bedroom. I said ‘cross my line and you’re dead meat’.” Janet explained how she got close to her sister after the death of their parents and supported her through her cancer treatement.
She said: “I think when my mother died we did make friends. First of all when my dad died we started getting closer to each other. Each parent, I think a lot of parents do this, they play one child off against the other because their relationship is quite rocky in itself. So my mother always took my sister’s side. “My dad was an engineer who started off as an electrician. He was very ambitious for me – and he used to take me to football and speedway and all those things and make models with me as a child, so he projected onto me what he would like to do.”
“When my sister and I got close it was definitely after the deaths of our parents. When she got sick with cancer I did support her and fund some of her treatment – anything to prolong her life. “We were still, even to the end, arguing. We just do – sisters! You know, there’s no guarantee you’re always going to get on.”
Janet Street-Porter had re-entered the studio and was showered with confetti before looking back at a snapshot of her life. The renowned journalist got a few surprise along the way, including a cake wheeled in on a trolley by Eamonn Holmes.
Speaking of whether she’s followed her mum’s path she said: “I love my mum for being my mother, but we had a very, very difficult relationship. When I got engaged when I was 18 or so, and then I broke it off and then I ran away from home and lived with someone I then married, she said to me that she was embarrassed and that my behaviour was terrible.
“She said she couldn’t hold her head up in the street because of how I was behaving. It was only years later that I discovered that actually my behaviour was a little bit like hers.
“The other thing to remember in slight defence of my mum – she grew up in a really poverty stricken background. A very, very close knit Welsh family. Welsh was their first language. My grandfather worked in a quarry and when he couldn’t work anymore my mother had to go out to work at 14. “I can understand the resentment that she must have felt about that. She just would. She was highly intelligent and she was very gregarious. There are elements of my personality that I’ve got from her.”