Fiona Kennedy, on-air host, TARTAN TV - Bio
January 02, 2010
FIONA KENNEDY, on-air host, Tartan TV
Dr. Fiona Kennedy, DDL (Hon), is a respected multi-talented entertainer, performer and presenter as well as being active in both the business and charity worlds. Her latest television role as presenter of Tartan TV a weekly magazine all about Scotland, currently airing in North America brings to the show the very highest production standards acquired from her many years’ experience of presenting. As co-founder of Tartan TV, she has also been involved in all aspects of the business funding to drive forward the company’s international business development.
Born into a leading Scots theatrical family, Fiona has extensive experience in music, broadcasting, theatre and the arts. She has presented network television programmes for Channel 4, Scottish and Grampian Television and the BBC, including presenting Record Breakers when she worked with Roy Castle and Norris McWhirter and also presented the televised Scottish Tourism Oscars for three years. She is internationally in demand as a singer and public speaker.
Fiona also presented for three years, a live weekly music and chat programme for BBC Radio Scotland, entitled Live at the Lemon Tree, featuring the best of new Scottish talent and concert acts. Stage roles include the West End production of Alfie, playing opposite Adam Faith and narrating Peter and the Wolf with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Glasgow. Her leading roles in a number of Edinburgh Festival productions include Ane Satyre of the Thrie Estaites, The Servant of Twa Maisters, As You like It and Jacques Brel is alive and well and living in Paris.
Fiona has also appeared in a number of television dramas, including playing the lead role in The Witch’s Daughter for BBC1, and Mauro the Gypsy, which won the Gold Medal at the Moscow Film Festival.
On the 2nd of July 2002 Fiona was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws (DDL (Hons) degree from Aberdeen University for her achievement in entertainment and her recognised work for charity.
Her other private business interests include the successful development of Bioclok™, a highly innovative jetlag computer researched and developed over three years and about to go into licensed production.
Currently Chairman of Voluntary Service Aberdeen, the major charity in North-east Scotland with over 600 staff and an annual expenditure of £10 million, Fiona was also a non-executive director of The Royal Scottish National Orchestra between 1996 and 2000.
Fiona was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws, LLD (Hon), by the University of Aberdeen in July 2002.
Fiona continues to live in Aberdeen with her husband and three children.