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Presenter Jo Scott shares her favourite things

All the best with BBC presenter Jo Scott

By Kerry McKittrick

Published 19/10/2015

Jo Scott for all the best
Jo Scott for all the best

The 43-year-old presents BBC Newsline. She lives in Belfast with her husband, Gerry, and their two sons, James (7) and Ollie (4).

My best moment

It was saying “I do” nine years ago. We had an amazing wedding. I know it’s a cliche, but it was one of the best days of my life — it was just brilliant from start to finish because of the people that were there with us. There have been a couple more amazing moments since, with the birth of our two boys.

My best job

I will have been at the BBC for 16 years this January, and I’ve loved it. Again, it’s a lot to do with the people, and I’ve made a lot of great friends during that time. It also helps that in news, no two days are ever the same, and I love the buzz of not knowing what I’m going to find. It’s my dream job.

My best song

It’s On A Day Like This, by Elbow. It’s powerful, amazing, upbeat and energising. It’s the kind of song that makes me think, “Get up and live for the moment”.

My best way to relax

I do yoga, go to the gym and love walking. I love a long walk that will take me away from phones and computers.

My best advice

I once read somewhere, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it’s happened”, and that has really stuck with me. I like to think that it means not having any regrets in life. Then my father would also always say to me, “Tomorrow is another day”.

My best gift

One that stands out is one which my friend Claire gave me for my 40th — a silver necklace. It has a star and a moon on it, and on the star was James and on the moon was Ollie. It’s a very precious, unusual and thoughtful gift, and I wear it with pride.

My best achievement

Passing my maths GCSE — eventually. I was still at school, but it took me three attempts, and to actually get that C grade meant the world. English always came easily to me, but maths really didn’t and passing represented a load of hard work and effort.

My best buy

My first car was a bottle-green Volkswagen Polo when I was in my teens. My brother knows a lot about cars, so he helped me buy it for a song. It was an amazing car that saw me through university, and it was hard to part with.

My best film

Schindler’s List because Liam Neeson is in it. It’s a very powerful film, and I could watch it time and time again.

My best book

Years ago, I read Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt. It was a wonderful story that stayed with me. The other one I loved was Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. They’re both gripping books.

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