KATIE THISTLETON is a TV and radio presenter, NCTJ qualified journalist and writer. Katie is best known for being a key face on CBBC and now a regular voice on BBC Radio 1.
Katie has appeared full-time on the CBBC channel since the start of 2013, a role once occupied by the likes of Phillip Schofield, Zoe Ball, Jake Humphrey and Matt Edmondson to name a few.
Katie thrives in a live studio environment and has been presenting mostly live CBBC presentation ever since, appearing on the CBBC channel almost every day. She has worked with children and animals, dealt with the pressure of live television and all that comes with it including filling for time when shows have fallen off air or VT's have failed! Katie is a keen talker with a background in live radio and her strength and preferred style of presenting involves live chaos and chatting to and interviewing different types of people. Children, adults and celebrities alike!
Katie has appeared on and co-presented a variety of CBBC shows including Blue Peter, All Over the Place, Jedward's Big Adventure, Sam and Mark's Big Friday Wind-up and many more. She has also appeared on Celebrity Mastermind, Celebrity Eggheads and Children in Need.
She has also hosted a variety of live shows and held them together with her calm presenting style and live studio experience, credits include Hacker's Birthday Bash, a celebration of 30 years of Children's BBC which she co-presented with Cel Spellman and featuring CBBC alumni such as Phillip Schofield, Zoe Ball and Angelica Bell. She has also co-presented Hacker's Crackers, a special live Christmas show on CBBC, for two years running. She has hosted numerous episodes of CBBC's Saturday morning live offering Shout out Saturday and various BBC Learning Live Lessons streamed out to schools across the country and available on BBC iPlayer. She also hosted Junior Bake Off's live after show 'Junior Bake Off: The After Party' in 2016'.
Katie has provided voice over for trails stings and idents for the CBBC channel, hosted live events throughout the country such as Wimbledon and a special weekend live from Alder Hey children's hospital. She has presented many behind the scenes films for the channel's online team and generally been a key part of CBBC since her joining, even writing scripts from time to time. Katie continues to be a firm favourite with kids and parents alike.
Katie is a keen writer and reader and advocate for getting young people to read and write and is the sole presenter of 'The CBBC Book Club' founded after Katie expressed her love for reading and writing and desire to encourage children to read more. This series can be seen across the CBBC channel on Sundays and often involves Katie interviewing authors such as Jacqueline Wilson, David Baddiel, Jeff Kinney, Cressida Cowell, Michael Rosen and Holly Smale. She is a regular at book festivals including Hay Festival and Edinburgh Literary Festival and has judged a number of book prizes including The Blue Peter Book Awards and The Royal Society Young People's Book Prize. Katie often hosts events for authors including David Walliams and Jeff Kinney for publishing companies Penguin, Harper Collins and Hachette.
Katie is currently writing her debut children's book 'Dear Katie: Advice on the tough stuff from someone who gets it' which is to be published by Orion Publishing and will hit shelves in September 2017. The book is aimed at 10-16 year olds, exploring the sometimes challenging issues everyone faces as part of growing up. The book will feature a series of questions put to her by kids and teens.
Katie is an NCTJ accredited journalist and prior to becoming a TV presenter worked for a variety of local and community radio stations and in various roles at the BBC for Radio 4, CBBC and CBeebies. She also worked for the NHS Mental Health trust Pennine Care and is passionate about raising mental health awareness. She is an ambassador for the charity Mind and is the official deputy presenter for BBC Radio 1's The Surgery.
Katie writes freelance lifestyle articles about subjects affecting young people such as an article written for BBC Sport about social media and body image. She was part of the 2016 Young Heroes judging panel for the Radio 1 Teen Awards alongside Radio 1 favourites Nick Grimshaw, Scott Mills, Greg James and Clara Amfo.
Katie has also done lots of work for BAFTA Kids since starting on CBBC and is a regular face on their YouTube channel and at the BAFTA Children's awards where she has presented the red carpet coverage and winners interviews for a number of years. Katie regularly hosts outreach shows for BAFTA across the country at festivals and schools often alongside children's mental health charity 'Place2be', teaching children presenting skills, building confidence and taking them behind the scenes of award winning BAFTA content. She has also presented on the red carpet for the Royal Television Society and has presented a variety of different events for charities and the BBC Philharmonic amongst others.
"Katie has been an absolute dream to work with. With her warm character and sheer professionalism she never disappoints, continually adding a touch of magic to every show."
Sam White, Head of Media and PR, Children's Division – Harper Collins
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Katie Thistleton over the past three years as BAFTA Kids has developed into a successful outreach initiative with schools and family audiences. Katie was a vital member of the team from the very beginning bringing a warmth, enthusiasm and intelligence to each event. She finds a connection with everyone, whether it be a television director that she’s interviewing or the shyest child in the class acting out winning a BAFTA. Katie has worked with BAFTA Kids across the board hosting red carpet and winners coverage at the Children’s Awards; moderating panels; co-hosting live events and masterclasses. She will continue to be part of our plans for the foreseeable future as BAFTA Kids launch new initiatives in 2017.”
Lisa Prime, Children’s Events Programmer & Producer, BAFTA
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