TV presenter Gethin Jones stepped into the breach to compere this year’s Sheffield Business Awards after Countryfile star and former King Edward School pupil Julia Bradbury had to pull out.
Gethin started his media career speaking in his native Welsh on the Cardiff-based public-service television channel S4C. There, he hosted a hugely popular music show, called Popty, and S4C’s flagship youth magazine, Unit 5, during which time he gained his private pilot’s licence as part of an eight month challenge.
Gethin went on to be the presenter for many live outside broadcasts for S4C and the BBC, before joining the world famous children’t television show, Blue Peter, in 2004. During his time with Blue Peter, Gethin was involved in a number of extreme challenges, including flying with the Red Arrows and in a World War Two Spitfire, was attacked by an alligator in Louisiana and was the first person to light a candal at the vigil to mark the 29th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. Gethin was a semi-finalist on Strictly Come Dancing in 2007 and is now a features reporter on ITV1’s flagship breakfast programme, Daybreak.
Early in 2013 he travelled to Nepal to front BBC1’s Lifeline charity appeal and he recently returned from filming in Afghanistan as part of the BBC’s Remembrance Week team.