Simon McCoy, host of #KPBA 2020
Simon McCoy joined TV-am as a news editor and left in 1988 to go to Sky, initially as a producer on the Sky News breakfast programme Sunrise.
After a year as a general reporter for the station he was appointed Royal Correspondent and between 1991 and 1996 Simon covered all the major stories which affected the Royal Family.
After a job which involved travel around the world, Simon took a desk job - presenting the Sunrise programme on Sky News.
He also presented the Tonight programme, and in 2003 co-anchored Sky's coverage of the Iraq war on location in Kuwait and Basra. He was on air for five hours every day of the conflict.
In January 2004 Simon joined the BBC, presenting on both BBC Breakfast and the BBC News channel, subsequently taking over the morning slot on BBC News, the BBC’s rolling news network. He is also regularly seen on BBC1 throughout the day as the main bulletin presenter.
Simon presented coverage of the Queen's visit to Broadcasting House to officially open the new part of the BBC's Headquarters which features the largest live newsroom in Europe.
Simon was on the roster for coverage of the birth of the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who a few days later was named Prince George of Cambridge. Stationed outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital with often little or no news to share, McCoy's comments concerning the value of the news coverage made for (often sympathetic) headlines. And famously said, "The news is there is no news"
He has appeared as himself, reading the news, in the 2007 BBC Two drama Party Animals, in several episodes of Spooks, Holby Blue, and in The Amazing Mrs Pritchard. Simon also had a newsreading role in the 2006 Anthony Horowitz movie Operation Stormbreaker.
He came to the media’s attention again in 2017, when introducing a story about surfboarding dogs, with as little interest as possible, as only Simon can. In 2017 he started presenting Afternoon Live – every weekday afternoon for BBC News.
Simon McCoy said: “It's something of a shock to be asked to present this year's awards - because I've done it before and it means they're asking me back!
“Starting as I did in regional journalism - print and TV - I know how important the future of local journalism is. We are constantly told of the imminent demise of local newspapers and local TV news. I have heard it many times before. And always this kind of journalism goes from strength to strength. It is valued by the readers and viewers. And, most importantly, it is trusted.
“It is a great pleasure to be able - once again - to take part in a ceremony which rewards those at the top of their profession. I look forward to it.”