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Simon Thomas

Simon Thomas on the set of Sky Sports News
Born 26 January 1973 (1973-01-26) (age 37)
Cromer, Norfolk
Occupation Presenter

Simon Thomas (born 26 January 1973, Cromer, Norfolk) is a British television presenter, who worked on Blue Peter for six years.

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Early life

Simon Thomas was born in Cromer, Norfolk to Andrew and Gill Thomas. He has 2 sisters called Hannah and Rebecca. Although Thomas initially grew up in Norfolk he attended Grimston junior School, the family later moved to Surrey, where he attended Aberdour School in Tadworth, and St. John's School, Leatherhead. After leaving school, he went to Birmingham University, where he graduated with a degree in history.

Broadcasting career

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Blue Peter

Thomas began presenting the children's programme Blue Peter on 8 January 1999, following his fourth audition, and the sacking of Richard Bacon. Previously he had worked at Children's BBC and the radio station LBC. During his tenure at Blue Peter, he ran in the London Marathon twice and two Great North Runs, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and Mont Blanc too, trained for a parachute jump with the Royal Air Force, presented a medal at the Commonwealth Games, ran in the 60 metres sprint at the Norwich Union Indoor Athletics against Frankie Fredericks and Darren Campbell and even directed an edition of the show. During his time on the programme he also fulfilled his dream of skydiving completing 40 solo sky dives. He also presented the Queen with a Gold Blue Peter badge when she visited the studio and remarked on presenting Her Majesty with the badge that "she could get into the Tower of London free with it".

Thomas co-presented with Stuart Miles, Katy Hill, Konnie Huq, Matt Baker, Liz Barker and Zöe Salmon.

Thomas announced his intention to leave Blue Peter in January 2005, and his last live show was aired on 25 April of that year.

BBC

Thomas presented CBBC Proms in the Park in Hyde Park in 2002 with Matt Baker and Faye Tozer from Steps; and in 2003 with Fearne Cotton. He also presented BBC Radio 3's Making Tracks with Matt Baker.

Sky Sports

Thomas joined Sky Sports in June 2005 and presents from 3-7pm on Sky Sports News, alongside Georgie Thompson. He also presents Cricket AM during the summer on Sky Sports 1 with Sarah-Jane Mee and has presented the Sky Sports Victory Shield, England's U21's games, International Cricket, Sky Sports News Cricket World Cup Report, and in December 2007 the Mosconi Cup from Las Vegas.

Other work

In August 2009, Simon compered on the Main Stage at Greenbelt, a Christian Arts Festival held at Cheltenham Racecourse.

Personal life

He is a supporter of Norwich City.[1]

Filmography

  • BBC Blue Peter - January 1999-April 2005;
  • CBBC Proms in the Park - September 2002, September 2003;
  • BBC Radio 3 - 'Making Tracks';
  • Sky Sports News - June 2005–present;
  • Sky Sports Cricket AM - May 2006–present;
  • Sky Sports - Victory Shield;
  • Sky Sports - England Under 21s;
  • Sky Sports News Cricket World Cup Report - March-April 2007;
  • Sky Sports - Mosconi Cup, December 2007;
Preceded by
Richard Bacon
Blue Peter Presenter No. 27
1999-2005
Succeeded by
Gethin Jones

References

  1. ^ [http://www.norwich.vitalfootball.co.uk/sitepage.asp?a=102494 Norwich City - My NCFC: Simon Thomas

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