Radio & TV
I am an award-winning national broadcaster, journalist, and podcast creator with over 25 years experience in radio presenting and production. I currently host Weekend Breakfast on BBC Radio 5 Live. I have covered some of the world’s biggest events and breaking news stories, including football World Cups, Olympics, US Presidential elections and terrorist attacks.
I’ve also been fortunate to produce and host some of the BBC’s most successful storytelling podcasts including the multi award winning ‘Beyond Reasonable Doubt’, ‘End of Days’ and ‘Ecstasy: The Battle of Rave’.
I’ve also presented many times on BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 4 and I’ve made several films for the One Show on BBC1.
I live in Heaton Moor in Stockport and work out of the BBC studios in MediaCity, Salford Quays.
Describe what you were like at school in three words?
What’s the best thing about Manchester?
I love seeing as much live music as possible and Manchester is a fantastic city for live gigs, with loads of different sized venues showcasing an amazing range of music on every night of the week.
What has been your biggest disappointment?
Probably not getting more opportunities in music radio. I had a great time presenting on BBC 6 Music for a while but I never really pushed on from that. I wouldn’t want it to be my full time career to be honest, I think news and sport presenting has a lot more depth and satisfaction to it, but I would still like the opportunity to play a few tunes on the radio from time to time.
The soundtrack to your life. Which song?
I don’t know about soundtrack to my life, but I’m a big soul, funk, hip hop fan and Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’ is still the album I marvel at each time I listen. It’s five years older than I am but the themes of civil rights, social injustice and even the environment are as relevant now as they were when Marvin wrote it in 1971.
How do you relax?
Spending time with my friends and family and trying not to think about the news.
What advice would you give your 15 year old self?
top messing around so much and start trying to concentrate on what you want to get out of life. Also, be nicer to your mum.