Metro – Top 12 Broadcasters, Journalists, or Hosts 2024

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This category recognises an LGBT+ individual delivering content on screen or in the news. The top 10s will have an impact the public’s view of the LGBT+ community.

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ALAN CARR

Alan, a former presenter of the British LGBT Awards, is one of the fi nest comedians the UK has ever produced. Whether he’s entertaining audiences on TV and radio, performing standup or chatting with famous guests on his hilarious podcast Life’s a Beach, a laugh is guaranteed if Alan’s involved. The beloved entertainer has won three British Comedy Awards, two National Television Awards and a Bafta. In 2023, he moved ITV viewers with his semi-autobiographical series Changing Ends, which was centred around his life growing up in Northampton, where his father Graham was the manager of the town’s football team. He is a frequent guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.

BRUNO TONIOLI

Bruno is an award-winning television personality, choreographer and dancer. He is best known to TV audiences for judging Strictly Come Dancing until 2019 and joining the Britain’s Got Talent panel in 2023. He has also appeared on the American version, Dancing with the Stars. While in the music business, Bruno, who was born in northern Italy, worked on complex choreography for legends such as The Rolling Stones, Freddie Mercury, Tina Turner and Sting. In 1985, he made a stylish cameo in the Bowie-starring musical Absolute Beginners. The British-Italian star had showed off his dancing skills in Sir Elton John’s I’m Still Standing music video two years earlier.

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CLARE BALDING

Clare has been a trailblazer throughout her broadcasting career, starting as one of the few women working as a sports reporter on BBC Radio in the 90s. She became the BBC’s lead horse racing presenter and the face of the corporation’s rugby coverage. Her other contributions to the BBC have been significant. She has expertly fronted live events, including Trooping the Colour and New Year’s Eve, and led commentary for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, leaving a lasting impact on the network. Clare was presented with a special Bafta for her work on the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics and honoured with an OBE in the same year for services to broadcasting and journalism.

GRAHAM NORTON

Friday nights don’t feel right if Graham Norton isn’t on our screens. The star has been marking the end of the working week with his comedy chat show on BBC One since 2007. The Irish actor is a five-time Bafta winner thanks to his hilarious manner, with world-famous celebrities popping by to sit on his famous couch. The past British LGBT Award winner became the BBC’s television commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009. In 2019, Graham began his stint as a frequent guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. Away from film and TV, he has published two memoirs and multiple novels – including Holding, which was made into an ITV series in 2002 – and has his own wine range.

London,,United,Kingdom,-,June,04,,2019:,Graham,Norton,Attends
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NICK GRIMSHAW

Many tears were shed in 2021 when the beloved Mancunian DJ announced his departure from BBC Radio 1 after 14 years on air, marking the end of an era for fans of his cool and current broadcasting brand. But the popular star has kept busy and ensured fans don’t miss his voice too much. Alongside Michelin-starred chef Angela Hartnett, Nick talks food, drink and entertainment with famous guests on the weekly Dish podcast. In 2014, Nick’s dedication to charity shone through as he raised an impressive £115,000 for Sport Relief through a gruelling 12-hour bicycle ride. He released his first memoir, Soft Lad, in 2022.

REMI BURGZ

Remi is an international broadcaster and radio personality and has carved out a name for herself as one of the most influential women in the UK music scene. Her recent rise to prominence as BBC 1Xtra’s Drivetime host and her work in A&R, which has propelled careers for some of Def Jam Records’ most exciting new artists, keep Remi at the cutting edge of UK culture. Remi has hosted events such as the 2022 Mobo Awards, Stormzy’s Merky Festival and the Wireless Festival Main Stage. In 2023, she made a cameo in the BBC’s music industry drama Champion, created by Queenie author Candice Carty-Williams.

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ROSIE JONES

After working behind the scenes as a writer on panel shows, Rosie has broken through and become a frequent face on TV and in her bestselling stand-up. On her most recent tour, Rosie has shared her experience as a gay woman with cerebral palsy with razor-sharp wit and an unapologetic lewdness. Rosie, who is from Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, made her acting debut in 2021, appearing in six episodes of Casualty. She has also authored two children’s books about an 11-year-old girl with CP and participated in this year’s London Marathon with her friend and fellow comedian Ivo Graham, raising money for Up: the Adult Cerebral Palsy Movement.

SANDI TOKSVIG

Sandi first gained significant public attention in 1994 when the charity Save the Children discontinued her services as host of its 75th anniversary celebrations after she came out. This decision sparked a protest by NYC direct action group the Lesbian Avengers, leading to an apology from the charity. In addition to writing and performing various radio, stage and TV productions and writing multiple books, the trailblazing comic also dabbles in politics. The former Great British Bake Off host co-founded the Women’s Equality Party in 2015 and performed comedy shows nationwide to raise funds. She was appointed an OBE in the 2014 New Years Honours List.

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London,,England,,Uk,-,November,28,,2023:,Scott,Mills,Attends

SCOTT MILLS

Scott was one of the longest-serving BBC Radio 1 presenters before making the switch to Radio 2 in 2022 after 24 years with the station. In addition to hosting The Scott Mills Show on weekdays, Scott is one of the BBC’s main hosts of the corporation’s Eurovision Song Contest coverage on both TV and radio each year. In February 2011, Scott presented a documentary for BBC Three called The World’s Worst Place to Be Gay? The radio legend also raised over £1 million for Children in Need in 2022 after riding on a treadmill for more than 24 hours.

STEPH MCGOVERN

Steph is a seasoned business journalist with an extensive history as both a presenter and producer. She has reported on major financial stories from around the globe, covering the credit crunch and the recession alongside esteemed BBC business and economics figures. The broadcaster, who is from Middlesbrough, hosted Steph’s Packed Lunch live from Leeds on Channel 4 from 2020 to 2023. Alongside Robert Peston, Steph also hosts The Rest Is Money podcast and has appeared as both guest and host on Have I Got News For You.

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SUSAN CALMAN

Formerly a corporate solicitor, law’s loss was the comedy world’s gain when Susan swapped courtrooms for comedy clubs. Since then, she has won multiple awards and appeared on numerous TV and radio shows. Susan showcased her skills on Strictly Come Dancing in 2017, making it all the way to week ten, and won the Strictly Live Tour with Kevin Clifton in 2018. Her talent extends beyond the stage, as she regularly hosts the Hogmanay show on BBC Scotland, shares her insights in a monthly column for Good Housekeeping and has penned two books, 2016’s Cheer Up Love: Adventures in Depression with the Crab of Hate and, two years later, Sunny Side Up: a Story of Kindness and Joy.

WILL NJOBVU

With TV credits including Married At First Sight, Good Morning Britain and The Masked Singer: Unmasked, Will has been booked and busy since switching from producer to presenter. Aside from his hosting duties, he often appears on panel shows, including Love Island Aftersun, The Apprentice: You’re Fired and more. In 2023, Will became the main and official host for Pride’s Trafalgar Square stage in London, introducing big names such as Rita Ora and Adam Lambert. That same year, he shot his documentary Life After Love Island for Channel 4. It has since become the highest performing episode of the Untold series for the network, racking up more than 2 million views.

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