Fern started her TV career in the South West with both the BBC and Westward. Next Fern could be seen in the mid 1980s reading the News on the BBC’s Breakfast Time and occasionally on the sofa with Frank Bough. This was followed by a move to TVS to co-present the South edition of Coast to Coast with Fred Dinenage. Whilst at TVS Fern co-presented the networked Airport 90 programmes with Nick Owen. Fern didn’t follow Fred to Meridian, becoming entertainment corespondent for London Tonight instead. This was short lived as soon after Fern moved to GMTV.This was followed by the popular Ready Steady Cook. Fern went on to co-present This Morning with Philip Schofield each weekday morning on ITV1.