BBC Look East’s Susie Fowler-Watt announces the birth of her son on Twitter

PUBLISHED: 11:30 11 September 2012 | UPDATED: 14:36 11 September 2012

Susie Fowler-Watt at home in Norfolk.  Photo: Bill Smith

Susie Fowler-Watt at home in Norfolk. Photo: Bill Smith

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Susie Fowler-Watt has given birth to a baby boy.

The BBC Look East presenter announced the birth on Twitter today. She said: “Our gorgeous baby boy was born safe and sound this morning. @dunlopalex and I are biased, but he is beautiful! Name/photo to follow later.”

Earlier in the day, the newsreader, who is married to Alex Dunlop, who also works for the BBC, had posted a message on the social networking site, saying how she had gone into labour and was on the way to the hospital to give birth.

The newborn is the couple’s second child. They already have a seven-year-old daughter called Lola.

The birth of Susie Fowler-Watt’s baby boy is not the first time news has been broken on Twitter. Here are some examples of other times the social networking site has been the first with breaking news:

Amy Winehouse

The tragic news that Amy had passed away on July 23 last year broke first on Twitter through the many tributes left by fans.

Royal Wedding

The official Clarence House Twitter feed released details of the big day, such as the route the cars will take to and from the wedding and how they will celebrate afterwards.

Earthquake in the UK

Soon after the earthquake was felt at about 1am on February 27, 2008, people took to Twitter to share what had happened, around 30 minutes before BBC news broke the story.


With gagging orders in place for the media, Twitter was able to break the news of which footballer Imogen Thomas had an affair with.

Tracking Santa

Every Christmas @NoradSanta breaks the news of where Santa is in the world so that children everywhere know when they will get their presents.

Celebrity babies

Celebrities have taken to twitter for their big announcements particularly for births. With Dannii Minogue tweeting the first picture of her new baby boy, Susie Fowler-Watt tweeting she is in labour today, and Jake Humphrey also announcing he is having a baby with wife Harriet.

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