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TV host Kelly thrilled to get OBE

Lorraine Kelly said she was "thrilled" to be recognised in the New Year Honours list.

The TV star, who presents Lorraine on ITV, receives an OBE for services to charity and the armed forces. She said: "I'm so thrilled and deeply honoured."

The 52-year-old started her career in print journalism before moving into broadcasting. She enjoyed a long career at GMTV and then moved on to front Lorraine as the breakfast show underwent a massive shake-up.

Lorraine has been involved with many charities, and this year she took part in the 100km BT Red Nose Desert Trek in Kenya which raised money for Comic Relief projects.

Clive James has been awarded the CBE in the latest list, for services to literature and the media. He is a published poet, novelist and author of a string of best-selling memoirs, but is probably best known for his long-running hit show, Clive James On Television.

The father of two, who is married to academic Prue Shaw, was diagnosed with leukaemia, kidney failure and lung disease in 2010, but continues to work and write.

Alex Crawford, who has been made an OBE for services to broadcast journalism, said she was "staggered and honoured" by the announcement.

The Sky News journalist has been a familiar face on television news for many years but it was her reporting from the war-torn streets of Libya this year that made her a star.

She said: "I am staggered and honoured and can't quite believe this is not a prank thought up by one of my more mischievous colleagues. TV news is never about just one person.

"Behind me and beside me are my fellow reporters, producers, camera crews, editors and directors. It's a genuine team effort and this fantastic accolade is for all of us."

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