Jeremy Gordon Thompson (born 1948) is a News Presenter for Sky News, the 24-hour television news service operated by Sky Television, part of British Sky Broadcasting. He is based at Sky News Centre in West London. He was formerly a Sports Correspondent for BBC News, and a foreign correspondent in Hong Kong, Johannesburg and Washington. Since 2005, he has regularly presented the channel's early evening coverage from 5pm to 7pm on Monday to Thursday.
Thompson was educated at The King's School, a boarding independent school for boys (now co-educational and non-boarding), in the market town of Worcester, and was a contemporary of comedian Chris Tarrant.
Thompson is frequently Sky News' leading anchor on major stories, often presenting on location. Assignments have included reporting from Rome and Vatican City on the death and funeral of Pope John Paul II in April 2005, the London bombings of July 2005, Hurricane Rita and the Asian Tsunami where he was the first British presenter on the scene, reporting live from Phuket on the immediate aftermath of the disaster. He also reported from Haifa in northern Israel during the 2006 Lebanon War.
Thompson was a foreign correspondent based in Hong Kong, Johannesburg and Washington, from where he covered some of the major world events of the last 20 years. Following Sky News' relaunch in October 2005, he continued to have a big role at the channel. In January 2006, he headed the channel's coverage of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's deteriorating health. This included anchoring from Jerusalem and the West Bank, appearing on his usual 5pm slot and other Sky News shows in which he usually has no involvement. For instance, he co-presented World News Tonight on two occasions, with James Rubin in the London studio.
In February 2006, Thompson won the Royal Television Society's award for Presenter of the Year. The citation from the judges said that Thompson "has a unique ability to capture the moment, to know which tiny little things really matter and, crucially, he knows when to shut up and let the pictures do the talking".
Thompson has also appeared as himself in the following movies:
- Volcano (1997)
- Shaun of the Dead (2004)
- The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
- St Trinian's (2007)
- Incendiary (2008)
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