Charlene White didn't realise she was making history presenting 'News at Ten'

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Loose Women's Charlene White did not realise she was the first Black woman to read the News at Ten when she did it in 2014.

It wasn't until the days afterwards, having been supported through her first show by 'the most amazing' people, that a former ITV executive came over and told her she had made history.

Speaking on White Wine Question Time, she said all she wanted to do was get the job done, and that the support from the team came from all sides.

She told Kate Thornton: "From the moment they realised that I was going to be presenting News at Ten, they just literally came together to almost lift me to make sure that I felt loved.

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"Julie Etchingham sat me in the studio with her one afternoon and ran through everything with me and talked me through how News at Ten works. Every single person on the production team had my back and they were like: 'You can do this. You'll be brilliant.'

"Michael in graphics brought his stills camera in and documented the day for me taking pictures. Mark Austin, who I did it with that day, sat with me to do all the writing and everything and made sure I was okay. And then sat in that studio, I think I was less nervous about doing it for me.

Listen to the full episode to hear Charlene talk about how natural Loose Women is for her, and about the early audition she didn't realise was an audition!

"I think the nerves came from I just wanted to make sure that I made them proud. Because they were amazing.

"It's not every day you get to work in a newsroom where you get such a huge amount of support. And when I said goodbye and the cameras stopped rolling — oh god, I get emotional talking about it now — when the cameras stopped rolling, they all came into the studio and clapped, it was amazing."

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She said she can remember the day 'like it was yesterday' but she assumed at the time that there must have been a Black woman who had presented the show before her, given that it was in 2014.

She said a previous executive had stuck his head round to talk to her and told her she had made history and that he was 'very proud' of her.

She said: "I didn't know. And I was just in so much shock. I just I didn't realise!"

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