MUCH TO TALK ABOUT
Essex Life|November 2020
As a presenter on Sky Music and the host of two TV talk shows of her own on Gidea Park-based Sky channel Spotlight TV, Hayley Palmer is never short of words. Nicky Adams asks her how she came to be in front of the camera
Nicky Adams

There’s never a moment’s silence when Hayley Palmer is around.

‘Ever since school, I’ve been in trouble for talking!’ says the host of The Memory Lane 80s Show and At Home with Hayley, on Sky’s Spotlight TV.

‘I struggled with every job I had before this one, and it’s taken me until my late 30s to realise that television presenting is perfect for me – I love people and I love talking.’

It’s no surprise that hosting television talk shows is the ideal job for Hayley, but making the leap from an office to a television studio took some courage.

‘I was so fed up at work that one day I just decided to take action,’ explains Hayley. ‘I applied for a work placement at ITV and was successful. I knew that was a sign that I had to pursue my dream career.’

Hayley gave up her salaried job for work experience as part of the production team behind the ITV2 show Dress to Impress.

‘It was a real insight into the magic behind TV,’ says Hayley, ‘and I also had the chance to watch Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on This Morning, as well as Loose Women, so that was very inspiring for me.’

Soon after, she was invited to present Spotlight TV’s The Memory Lane 80s Show and now has the pleasure of chatting to some well-known guests every Saturday evening.

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