She's known as the 'Queen of Daytime TV' and is the force behind classic TV shows such as This Morning with Richard and Judy.
But Dianne Nelmes' career in the media kicked off during her second year at Newcastle University. Then studying politics and economics, she was editor of student newspaper The Courier and went on to become President of the Students’ Union.
She said: 'I arrived at Newcastle University as a working class teenager dreaming of becoming a journalist.
'My mother told me the university would enable me to achieve my ambition and would change my life and as ever she was right. I owe so much to the university and to the academic staff who nurtured and grew my academic interests and inspired me to believe in myself.'
After graduating, Dianne went on to enjoy a glittering career which has taken in local newspapers and TV news. She became a reporter and executive producer on the award winning public affairs show World in Action and would go on to launch well-known Saturday light entertainment shows You’ve Been Framed and Stars In Their Eyes.
However, Dianne is probably best known for her part in creating daytime TV as we know it today. As well as Richard and Judy, Dianne launched the UK TV careers of Trisha Goddard and Jeremy Kyle. In 1998 she was appointed the first ever Controller of Daytime Television at ITV and created the long-running and headline grabbing show Loose Women.
She left ITV to become the managing director of Liberty Bell, an independent documentary production company. Dianne was a Visting Professor of Media and Journalism at Newcastle University from 2008 to 2011. She is now a trustee of Refuge and the National Union of Students.