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 on BBC Radio 1.
KATIE THISTLETON is a TV and radio presenter, NCTJ qualified journalist and published author and is a regular face on CBBC and regular voice on BBC Radio 1. You can catch Katie presenting live on the CBBC channel most days and hear her every week hosting BBC Radio 1's Life Hacks on Sundays 4-7pm, as well as often filling in for other Radio 1 DJ's such as Scott Mills and Matt Edmondson. Katie also regularly presents documentaries on topics from depression to the Kardashians, and her debut book is out in February 2018.
Katie has been presenting on Radio 1 since she first began as the deputy Presenter of The Surgery in early 2016 before taking over full time and going on to host every show. Katie was then promoted to a Sunday slot from 4-7pm and now co-hosts 'Life Hacks' with Cel Spellman, a social action show and most-played music chart. Katie is a valued member of the BBC Radio 1 family now, attending and working at events such as Radio 1's Big Weekend and Radio 1 Teen Awards, and covering for other presenters. Katie has hosted the Scott Mills show and also hosted one of four weekends dedicated to Radio 1's 50th Birthday - two 3 hour long Greatest Hits shows. Katie has been well received by the Radio 1 audience and has voiced and presented documentaries for the station too.
Katie has appeared full-time on the CBBC channel since the start of 2013 when she left her job working behind the scenes at CBeebies and joined the all-male presenting team after being headhunted in the channel's search for a girl presenter to host 'the bits in between the shows', a role once occupied by the likes of Phillip Schofield, Zoe Ball and many more.
Katie thrives in a live studio environment and has been presenting mostly live CBBC continuity ever since, appearing on the CBBC channel almost every day mostly alongside Hacker T dog. Katie is an experienced live TV presenter and possesses a rare set of skills as a consequence. 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 on television and radio - children, adults and celebrities alike!
Since becoming a 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, Saturday morning show 'Saturday Mash-Up' and many more. Katie has also appeared on Celebrity Mastermind, Celebrity Eggheads and BBC Radio 2 and BBC One for Children in Need.
Katie has 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 which featured CBBC alumni such as Phillip Schofield and Zoe Ball. She also co-presented Hacker's Crackers, a special live Christmas show on CBBC, for two years. She has hosted numerous episodes of CBBC's Saturday morning live offering Shout out Saturday and also presented Junior Bake Off's live after show 'Junior Bake Off: The After Party' in 2016, which further demonstrated her live presenting skills as she held the live shows together for 30 minutes at a time without breaks, interviewing children and celebrities and engaging with audience generated content. 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. 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, including writing scripts from time to time. 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 show involves Katie interviewing authors such as Jacqueline Wilson, David Baddiel, Jeff Kinney and many more. 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 Bath Literature Festival 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 hosted many book awards ceremonies and is due to head-up the BBC Young Writers Award alongside Mel Giedroyc. Katie has voiced a Peter Rabbit story for the CBeebies Storytime App.
Katie's debut book 'Dear Katie: Advice on the tough stuff from someone who gets it', published by Orion Publishing (part of Hachette UK) will hit shelves in February 2018.
Katie is an NCTJ qualified 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. Katie is an ambassador for children's mental health charities Place2be and YoungMinds and has presented a documentary about depression for BBC Radio 1. 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 and TOTP magazine often in the role of 'agony aunt'. She was part of the 2016 and 2017 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 presented a number of short online films for Safer Internet Day, 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 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.
Katie is passionate about helping young people and making documentaries about relevant issues and is full of story ideas. Katie is an experienced entertainment presenter and a self confessed 'professional talker' who never fails to fill airtime, and is a safe and fun pair of hands in a live TV and Radio environment.
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