Katie Thistleton is a TV and radio presenter, NCTJ qualified journalist and author, best known for her work on BBC Radio 1 and CBBC.
After working as a Researcher for CBeebies, Katie made the leap in front of the camera at the start of 2013 after being headhunted to join the CBBC HQ line-up to host 'the bits in between the shows', a role once occupied by the likes of Phillip Schofield and Zoe Ball. Katie hosted CBBC’s live continuity for over six years, claiming the title of the longest running presenter to occupy that role, before leaving to concentrate on her work at Radio 1.
After deputising on BBC Radio 1’s The Surgery in early 2017, Katie became the show’s main anchor before being promoted to the coveted Sunday slot with the new ‘Life Hacks’ show alongside Cel Spellman. The pair host the social action show with Dr Radha, offering straight facts and advice on topics ranging from sexual health and bullying to drink and drugs. The pair also host Radio 1’s Most Played show, a music chart.
After becoming a firm favourite, Katie can also be seen (and heard!) at Radio 1’s Big Weekend and Radio 1’s Teen Awards and regularly deputises for other DJs. Katie regularly covers for Scott Mills as well as Radio 1’s early breakfast show and Radio 1’s ‘Greatest Hits’. In addition, Katie hosts the weekly ‘Life Hacks’ podcast with the show’s resident Doctor, Radha for BBC Sounds.
Katie is an ambassador for charities Place2be and YoungMinds and is currently undergoing mental health training with the latter.
In May 2018, Katie hosted her first film for The One Show, exploring the help and support on offer for those caught up in the Manchester bombing one year on. Katie has also hosted films for Tomorrow’s World, and documentaries on topics from anti depressants to the Kardashian’s for BBC Radio 1 and BBC iPlayer.
Building on her ‘agony aunt’ experience, Katie’s debut book 'Dear Katie: Real Problems, Real Advice' was released in February 2018 and offers warm yet honest advice on the multitude of struggles the UK’s children are facing.
A keen book worm herself, Katie also founded and hosted her own show 'The CBBC Book Club' for five years and regularly hosts and judges for book events such as the BBC National Short Story Awards, The Lollies for Scholastic and David Walliams’ publication events, amongst many more.
Considered by many as a safe pair of hands with a calm and engaging presenting style, Katie has hosted a variety of live shows including Hacker's Birthday Bash, a celebration of 30 years of Children's BBC, Hacker's Crackers, Shout Out Saturday and Junior Bake Off: The After Party, as well as CBBC coverage of large events such as Wimbledon and Live from Alder Hey Children's Hospital.
Other credits include, Celebrity Mastermind, Celebrity Eggheads, BBC Radio 2, Children in Need, BBC 5Live and BBC Breakfast, where Katie has appeared to talk about children’s mental health and sex education.
As a regular face on the BAFTA YouTube channel, Katie regularly hosts events and the red-carpet coverage and winning interviews at the BAFTA Children’s Awards.
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