Gethin Jones is a broadcaster and ‘TV’ personality, who first burst onto our screens nationally as a presenter for the longest running children’s show in the world, BBC’s ‘Blue Peter’.
Born in Cardiff, Wales, Gethin was educated in the Welsh language and went on to obtain a degree in Economics and Geography at University in Manchester. A talented violinist, pianist and an accomplished sportsman, Gethin began his career on screen presenting the Welsh version of Top of the Pops, ‘Popty’ on S4C.
Yet it was ‘Blue Peter’ that cemented Gethin’s reputation as a talented and confident presenter in 2005. The show saw Gethin visit 31 countries, taking on the most extreme and obscure challenges of his life, from flying with the Red Arrows in a WW2 Spitfire to being attacked by an alligator in a Louisiana swamp. He also raced a horse at 40mph, skated the infamous Cresta Run in St Moritz, fought as a Samurai Warrior in Japan, and survived a life threatening submarine escape training exercise. All of these achievements aside, Gethin’s biggest moment was when he became the first ever civilian to finish the UK Royal Marine Commando 30 mile Yomp – finishing in a time of 8hrs 20mins.
2007 saw Gethin make the semi-final of BBC One’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, and in the following year Gethin hosted his own show ‘Gethin Jones’ Danger Hunters’ for Virgin1. 2008 also saw Gethin present live from BBC’s Proms in the Park, and the prolific ‘Police, Camera, Action’ for ITV1, a role which continued for 2 years.
BBC 5 Live’s ‘Gethin Jones Show’ saw Gethin’s debut on radio in 2008, presenting a three-hour Saturday morning show focusing on sport and entertainment. In September that year he presented Proms in the Park from Swansea, furthering his partnership with the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms coverage.
Gethin presented energy quiz show ‘Sell Me The Answer’ for Sky1 in 2009, alongside a guest stint hosting on the red sofa for BBC One’s ‘The One Show’. He was also announced as the face of Holland & Barrett, and concluded his year with a stint as Prince Charming in ‘Cinderella’ at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford. He continued his live reporting at the Golden Globes, fronting ‘Red Carpet Live’ for Sky 1 Movies in 2010, and alongside Kate Thornton, he co-hosted ’71 Degrees North’ for ITV later that year, in which celebrities performed various tasks in the extreme weather conditions of Norway.
2010 also saw Gethin return to the stage, as the Narrator in ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ at Venue Cymru, Llandudno. The same year also saw Gethin begin his ongoing commitment to Remembrance Day. Having visited and reported from Iraq and Afghanistan numerous times, Gethin hosts BBC One’s ‘Remembrance Week’, a series of special shows which recognise and remember those who payed the ultimate sacrifice for their country. This series has won an RTS award for Best Daytime Show. Gethin hosted another prime-time ITV1 show, ‘Holding Out for a Hero’ in 2011.
Gethin found himself back near the dance floor in 2015, hosting ‘Dancing with the Stars: All Access’ – the spin off show for the US version of Strictly Come Dancing. In the same year he also presented ‘Fear: Buried Alive’ for the US network channel A&E, and became a brand ambassador for Speedo.
2016 saw Gethin secure the role as a Heart FM radio presenter alongside Caroline Flack on the popular Sunday breakfast show. He also continued his relationship with Speedo as an ambassador for the ‘Dive In’ campaign with Kirsty Gallacher, participating in regional events around the UK. In addition, Gethin joined Zoe Ball as a presenter on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’s’ popular spin off show, ‘It Takes Two’.
Gethin’s wealth of experience with some of the most established shows on ‘TV’ has lead him to become a popular event host on the corporate circuit. As an ex professional rugby player, musician, keen adventurer and holder of a degree in Economics and Geography, Gethin appeals to an array of audiences. He also holds a pilot licence, a HGV licence and a motorbike licence!
Gethin has also founded his own charitable foundation, called “Nai” (Welsh for nephew), which has been set up in honour for his autistic nephew, Alby.