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 presenter of The Surgery 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.
You can catch Katie presenting live on the CBBC channel most days and hear her every Wednesday hosting BBC Radio 1's The Surgery from 9-10pm. Katie is also currently recording a documentary for BBC Radio 1 and writing her debut book.
Since becoming a television presenter Katie has appeared on a variety of CBBC shows including Blue Peter, travel shows All Over the Place and Jedward's Big Adventure, live studio entertainment show Sam and Mark's Big Friday Wind-up, comedy panel show The Dog ate my Homework, factual entertainment show Marrying Mum and Dad and many more. Katie has also appeared on Celebrity Mastermind, Celebrity Eggheads and BBC Children in Need.
Katie has hosted a variety of live shows, credits include Hacker's Birthday Bash, a celebration of 30 years of Children's BBC which she co-presented with Cel Spellman and which featured CBBC alumni such as Phillip Schofield, Zoe Ball and Matt Edmondson. 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 BBC Learning Live Lessons streamed out to schools across the country. 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 broadcast live on CBBC including coverage from large events such as Wimbledon and Live from Alder Hey children's hospital. Katie continues to be a firm favourite with kids and parents alike and Katie's loyal audience have grown up with her over the past 5 years.
Katie is an advocate for getting young people to read and write and is the 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 of links 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. Katie and the team behind the CBBC Book Club have received much praise from those in the world of children's literature for promoting enjoying reading at a young age. Katie is a regular at book festivals including Hay Festival and Edinburgh Literary Festival and many more and has judged a number of book prizes including The Blue Peter Book Awards, The Royal Society Young People's Book Prize and Scholastic's 'Laugh Out Loud Book Awards'. Katie often hosts events for authors including David Walliams, Jacqueline Wilson and Jeff Kinney for publishing companies Penguin, Harper Collins and Hachette after establishing herself as a friend to children's authors and someone who is passionate about the industry and used to presenting to large live audiences. Katie has voiced a Peter Rabbit story for the CBeebies Storytime App.
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, part of Hachette UK, and will hit shelves in February 2018.
She also worked for the NHS Mental Health trust Pennine Care and is passionate about raising mental health awareness. Katie is writing her children's book on the subject, is an ambassador for children's mental health charity Place2be alongside the Duchess of Cambridge, and has presented a number of episodes of The Surgery on BBC Radio 1 about mental health too. Katie is due to present a documentary about anti-depressants on BBC Radio 1 in 2017. Katie is passionate about helping young people and regularly attends schools to do inspirational talks and outreach. Katie writes freelance lifestyle articles about subjects affecting young people such as an article written for BBC Sport about social media and body image, and writing for Girl Talk magazine. 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 and has presented a number of short online films for Safer Internet Day. Katie also co-hosted BBC Radio 1's Academy Schools Tour in Hull in 2017 and presented from the 'My Mind and Me' tent at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend in 2017.
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 and building confidence. She has also presented on the red carpet for the Royal Television Society and has presented a variety of different events for BBC School Report 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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