Studio 10 host Angela Bishop was reduced to tears on Friday as her mother Bronwyn Bishop delivered a heartfelt message in celebration of her 30th year on television.
The 51-year-old struggled to contain her emotions as she listened to the lengthy video message, which was shared during a special episode of the program which primarily focused on Angela’s time with Channel 10. The TV host first graced Aussie screens in 1989 and has maintained a strong television presence ever since.
While Bronwyn could not be there in person to congratulate her daughter, she made sure to let the presenter know just how proud she is of what the host has accomplished.
“Unfortunately, there’s just not enough time for me to tell you how proud I am of Angela, but here goes,” Bronwyn began as an amazed Angela sat in the studio.
The politician then gave viewers a run down of what Angela has achieved, from her days performing as a child to the beginning of her career in journalism and her passion for reporting.
“Her groundbreaking achievements with Channel 10 began as a cadet in the newsroom not long after she graduated as a Bachelor of Arts with a political science major from the University of New South Wales,” the proud mother continued.
“I remember her early days when she would start work at 4am and work straight through her second shift to 6pm to ensure she got a story to air that night. I would often have a quick conversation with her at around 3.30am, just a wake up call.”
Over the years, Bronwyn said she witnessed her daughter’s love of journalism grow, explaining how passionate the reporter was and still is about bringing entertainment news to the public.
“I watched her commitment grow through her initial current affairs reporting to establishing her entertainment reporter credentials,” she said. “Demonstrating her belief that the entertainment round is as important and legitimate as any other round such as court, politics, health or sport. Entertainment is human interaction and she captures it.”
The caring mum added: “Her amazing work ethic is obvious and she is totally reliable.”
Bronwyn then gave viewers an insight into the journalist’s other interests, including a shared love of politics. But she added how journalism has always been her one true dream.
“From her university days she wanted to be a journalist but this didn’t prevent her from being involved in student politics where she was a first year rep, and then returning officer and finally the first female chairman of the student council,” the former politician said. “A good background for politics! No, journalism was, and is, her passion.”
Like many doting mums, Bronwyn also shared some childhood memories which highlighted her daughter’s confident and energetic personality
“Angela had learned speech and drama from the time she was four and I remember her first performance at Sydney Eisteddfod when I patiently sat and listened to 84 performances of the birthday cake. She came fourth with a highly commended.”
However, the last few words from the loving mother were the most touching, as Bronwyn explained how proud she is of not only her daughter’s time on television, but her dedication to helping others.
“Being a mum and watching your child grow and mature and build a reputation and career and knowing also of her voluntary work for breast cancer and newborn emergency care makes me very proud and this is just the beginning,” she said. “Well done Angela, love mum.”
Once the video message was finished the camera panned back to Angela in the studio who was seen quickly wiping away tears as her co-hosts comforted her.
The mother-of-one had dressed up especially for the occasion in a stunning floor-length sparkling gown and looked gorgeous in the frock which featured a daring split up the side and a plunging neckline.