Lynn Faulds Wiki – Lynn Faulds Biography
Lynn Faulds Wood was a Scottish television presenter and journalist. She was born in Glasgow and grew up on Loch Lomondside.
Former BBC Watchdog presenter Lynn Faulds Wood has died aged 72 after suffering a ‘massive stroke’.
The star, who lived in Saint Margarets, south west London, passed away at midday today with her husband John Stapleton and son, Nick, by her bedside.
Lynn Faulds Wood Age
She was 72 years old.
Lynn Faulds Wood Career
Faulds Wood’s early career involved periods at IPC Magazines’ Woman (1977–79), the Daily Mail (1979–80) then “Lynn’s Action Line” at The Sun were 100,000 readers joined her campaign to close the pet market Club Row, and thousands of readers marched on Downing Street.
When Breakfast TV began in the early 1980s, Faulds Wood joined TV-am as their Consumer Champion from 1983–84 then moved to the BBC’s Breakfast Time from 1984 to 1986. She is best known for turning Watchdog into a peak time BBC One series, presenting the programme from 1985 to 1993 alongside her husband John Stapleton.
In the 1990s, Faulds Wood moved to ITV’s World In Action where she achieved their highest audience with a programme investigating GP training in cancer symptoms, “Doctor Knows Best”, which had 10.2 million viewers. Her investigation into bowel cancer, “Bobby Moore & Me”, got 6.5 million viewers and 28,000 letters. She also helped to create the world’s first evidence-based guide to symptoms of her cancer, officially adopted by the Department of Health in 2000.
In 1990, Faulds Wood guest-starred on an episode of French and Saunders as herself.
From 2003 to 2009, she was Consumer Champion on GMTV. In 2006, she teamed up with presenter Esther Rantzen and series producer Rob Unsworth to present the BBC consumer investigation series Old Dogs, New Tricks.
In 2014, Faulds Wood returned to Watchdog, with a new daytime BBC One series, Watchdog Test House, which she co-presented with Sophie Raworth.
In 2002, she co-founded the European Cancer Patient Coalition which she chaired 2003-2010. She helped to set up MEPs Against Cancer and is credited with helping to get cancer on the official European Agenda. In 2009, she was invited to present the new European cancer plan – Action Against Cancer – in Brussels.
In 2010, Faulds Wood said that she was considering entering politics by standing for the Parliament of the United Kingdom at the general election. Instead, she remained as a health campaigner, still regularly appearing on television talking about cancer and consumer matters. She chaired the British Standards Institution Consumer and Public Interest Network until 2013, and served as President and Patron of many charities and health organisations, with an honorary doctorate for services to bowel cancer.
Faulds Wood married British journalist and television presenter John Stapleton in 1977; they had a son, Nick, born in 1987. The couple lived in St Margarets, London. She survived both advanced bowel and skin cancer. In late December 2016, Faulds Wood declined the offer of an MBE in the New Year Honours.
Death and Cause of Death
Her heartbroken family released a statement earlier today, saying: ‘Having suffered a massive stroke last night and a subsequent bleed on the brain, presenter and journalist Lynn Faulds Wood passed away peacefully at 12 noon today with her husband John Stapleton and son Nick at her bedside.’
The presenter was best known for fronting the BBC consumer show Watchdog alongside Stapleton from 1985 to 1993.
Fellow broadcasters and journalists paid tribute to their former colleague today saying she was ‘impressive and courageous in her campaigning’.
Dame Esther said she had ‘known Lynn for many years’, adding: ‘We made a series together which was huge fun but also very hard-hitting because she was such an impressive and courageous consumer journalist.
‘She fought for the rights of vulnerable people doggedly and determinedly and she is a huge loss to journalism and to her friends and family.
‘We are all devastated at this news.’
George Alagiah, who is undergoing treatment for bowel cancer and recently recovered from coronavirus, also paid tribute.
He said: ‘So sad to hear that Lynn Faulds Wood has died. After I was diagnosed with bowel cancer she spent many a phone call giving me advice about treatment and moral support. She was kind, generous, purposeful and strong. RIP Lynn.’
Krishnan Guru-Murphy added: ‘Very sorry to hear of the death of Lynn Faulds Wood.
A superb campaigning journalist, brilliant presenter and communicator – and a lovely person too.’
While Good Morning Britain star Ben Shepherd said: ‘Am devastated to hear that Lynn Faulds Wood has sadly died.
‘She was a wonderfully generous, incisive, energetic broadcaster, journalist and campaigner. More than that though she was great fun and a truly lovely person. Sending love to and family.’