Simon Thomas has been a broadcaster for nearly twenty five years. He began his career in 1999 when he became the 27th presenter on the BBC’s iconic children’s show Blue Peter and fronted the show with Katy Hill, Konnie Huq, Matt Baker and Liz Barker.
After six years with Blue Peter, Simon moved into sports broadcasting and joined Sky Sports as one of the faces of Sky Sports News. Along with being a regular presenter on the Afternoon Report with Georgie Thompson and Kirsty Gallacher, Simon also presented Sky Sports News’s World Cup Report in Cape Town in 2010, anchored their coverage of the 2010 Ryder Cup and the 2010-11 Ashes Series in Australia. He also played a big part in the presenting team at the Olympic Games in London in 2012 and in early 2013 Simon presented Sky’s live launch of the FA 150th Anniversary at the Connaught Rooms in London.
Simon’s versatility as a presenter also saw him become the first ever presenter of Sky Sports’ Cricket AM programme in May 2006, where he presented the Saturday morning summer magazine show for four years alongside Anita Rani and Sarah-Jane Mee.
Simon went on to become the lead presenter for Sky Sports Football League coverage before going on to present the Premier League for Sky at the start of the 2016-17 season.
In 2017 Simon experienced a life changing event when his first wife Gemma died very suddenly, just three days after being diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Four months later he made the hard decision to leave Sky Sports and devote his time to looking after his son Ethan. Since then Simon has become President of Blood Cancer UK, written his first book - ‘Love Interrupted’ about his journey through grief, and has written a number of Blogs on his site A Grief Shared. To date his posts on grief and mental health have been read by over a million people.
After a period away from broadcasting, Simon returned in 2019 to present a series of films for ITV’s This Morning and has also presented a number of films for BBC’s Morning Live and Sunday Morning Live. In 2020 he returned to sports broadcasting and became one of Amazon Prime’s lead presenters for their Premier League coverage and in 2022 he began some freelance presenting back where it all began - Sky Sports News. He has also been a regular panellist on Channel 5’s The Jeremy Vine Show.
Away from the camera, Simon is equally at home with live events. At London 2012 he hosted the Olympic Stadium morning warm up and post show in front of 80,000 people. He also compered the ECB Twenty20 Cup in 2005, as well as hosting a number of end of season dinners for clubs including Chelsea, Norwich City and Wolverhampton Wanderers. He has hosted a number of awards ceremonies, including the Football League Awards on three occasions.
Simon has also become a popular speaker on mental health, grief and sobriety and has spoken to organisations such as Asda, Aviva, the Home Office and Linklaters.
Simon had his own Podcast series with Global ‘‘Life Interrupted’, which ran for three series in which he spoke to the likes of Fearne Cotton, Andrea Corr and Billy Billingham and many more about how they found a way through some of life’s toughest challenges and found hope again.