Lynn Faulds Wood was a Scottish television presenter and journalist. She presented British television program Watchdog with co-presenter and husband, John Stapleton. On 24th April 2020, a statement released by the family said she had died after a stroke.
Lynn Faulds Biography
Lynn Faulds was born in Glasgow and grew up on Loch Lomondside.
Lynn Faulds Age
Lynn was born on 25th March 1948. At the time of her death, she was 72 years of age.
Lynn Faulds Career
Lynn began her career with periods at IPC Magazine’s Woman (1977-1979), the Daily Mail (1979-1980) then “Lynn’s Action Line” at The Sun, where 100000 readers joined her campaign to close the pet market Club Row, and thousands of readers marched on Downing Street. Faulds joined “breakfast television” when it began in the early 1980s as their “Consumer Champion” from 1983-84. Later she 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 program from 1985 to 1993 with her husband John Stapleton.
In the 1990s, Faulds Wood moved to ITV’s World In Action where she achieved their highest audience with a program investigating GP training in cancer symptoms, “Doctor Knows Best,” which had 10.2 million viewers. Her investigation into bowel cancer, “Bobby Moore & Me” had 6.5 million viewers and 28000 letters. She also helped the Worlds 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 returned to Watchdog, with a new daytime BBC One series, Watchdog Test House, which she co-presented with Sophie Raworth.
Faulds co-founded the European Cancer Patient Coalition in 2002, which she chaired in 2003-2010. She helped to set up MEP’s against Cancer and is credited with helping 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 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 organizations, with an honorary doctorate for services to bowel cancer.
Lynn Faulds Husband
Faulds married British journalist and television presenter John Stapleton in 1977. Together they had a son, Nick born in 1987. The couple lived in St. Margarets, London. She is a survivor of both advanced bowel and skin cancer. In late December 2016, Wood declined the offer of an MBE in the New Year Honours saying she wouldn’t accept one because she’d be a “hypocrite.” ” I would love to have honor if it didn’t have the word ’empire’ on the end of it. We don’t have an empire, in my opinion,” she said in December 2016. “I think honors are really important (and) should be given to people who have done really good stuff. And I’ve changed laws and I’ve helped saved a lot of people’s lives, so maybe I’m deserving of honor, but I just wouldn’t accept it while we still have party donors donating huge amounts of money and getting an honor.” She added. “Let’s drag us into the 21st century.”
Lynn Faulds Death
Faulds’ family confirmed the sad news in a statement, “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.”
Following the tragic news, tributes have been pouring in online from former colleagues and friends. Dame Esther Rantzen paid a tribute to her colleague and friend saying: “I have known Lynn for many years. 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.”
ITV News Presenter Julie Etchingham described Mrs. Faulds Wood as “one of the loveliest and sharpest women in journalism.”
Lynn was one of the loveliest and sharpest women in journalism – what desperately sad news. https://t.co/7wHN3Fx2qX
— Julie Etchingham (@julieetchitv) April 24, 2020
ITV News Consumer Editor Chris Choi said Mrs. Fauld Wood was a “pioneer of consumer TV.” In a Twitter tribute, he wrote: “For millions, she was a pioneer of consumer TV; for customers, she was a genuine champion; for the government, she was a feisty advisor; for me, she was truly inspiring, My sincerest love to John and all the family.”
Lynn Faulds Wood: For millions she was a pioneer of consumer TV; for customers she was a genuine champion; for government she was a feisty advisor; for me she was truly inspiring, My sincerest love to John and all the family. pic.twitter.com/rxENTZnMLR
— Chris Choi (@Chrisitv) April 24, 2020
BBC Newsreader Sophie Raworth described Faulds Wood as “the most wonderful, generous, kind friend,” while former watchdog host and 5 Live’ Nicky Campbell and LBC’s Shelagh Fogarty also paid tribute to the “groundbreaking” broadcaster.
I have known Lynn since I was 14. She inspired me to become a journalist. She has lived next door to my parents for decades. She has been the most wonderful, generous, kind friend to me and my family for such a long time. Can’t believe she has gone. https://t.co/hJEeup5OEQ
— sophieraworth (@sophieraworth) April 24, 2020
I’m so sad to hear about the death of the brilliant campaigning journalist and fearless consumer champion Lynn Faulds Wood. She was the real thing. She cared genuinely and passionately about people and their rights.When I joined Watchdog hers was the legacy we all aspired to. RIP
— Nicky Campbell (@NickyAACampbell) April 24, 2020
In January last year, she praised footballer Jonathan Walters for his graphic account of his colonoscopy to raise awareness of bowel cancer.
“I was so pleased because colonoscopies are so important. And men are not good at coming forward for something like this. So good for him.” she told the Mirror. “Whenever I’ve had a colonoscopy, I’ve filmed it and put it on YouTube. The last one was viewed a million times.”
Lynn leaves behind husband John, son Nick, and daughter-in-law Lise.