John Stapleton

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John Stapleton
Born John Martin Stapleton
(1946-02-24) 24 February 1946 (age 68)
Oldham, Lancashire, England
Occupation Television presenter, journalist
Years active 1971–present
Employer ITV Breakfast
Television Watchdog (1986-1993)
GMTV (1994-2010)
Daybreak (2010-2014)
Good Morning Britain (2014—)
Spouse(s) Lynn Faulds Wood
Children Nicholas James (b. 1987)
Parents Frank and June
Website
Official website

John Martin Stapleton (born 24 February 1946) is a British award-winning journalist and presenter. He works as a freelancer with various media outlets including ITV's Daybreak.

Early life[edit]

Stapleton was born in Oldham, Lancashire. His father Frank was secretary of the local Co-operative and his mother, June was a part time junior school teacher. Stapleton was educated at Diggle Primary School [1] and Hulme Grammar School, Oldham and St John's College of Further Education, Manchester where he did "A" levels. He did not go to university, but started working as a trainee reporter at the age of seventeen on the now defunct Eccles and Patricroft Journal. He was later indentured to the Oldham Evening Chronicle for three years before moving onto the Daily Sketch first in Manchester and then London.

Career[edit]

Stapleton is a former Royal Television Society News Presenter of the Year with more than 40 years experience in newspapers and television. His career began on local newspapers in North West England, before becoming a staff reporter on the Daily Sketch in Fleet Street. His first job in television was as a researcher and script writer on This is Your Life presented by the Eamonn Andrews at the time.

He subsequently worked as a reporter on the Thames TV regional news magazine show Today from 1971 until 1975. He joined the BBC Nationwide programme in 1975 as a reporter, and then became one of the main presenters from 1977 until 1980. While on Nationwide he also carried out major investigations into council corruption in South Wales and protection rackets in Northern Ireland. He also compered a number of one-off light entertainment shows for the BBC, including the Miss United Kingdom beauty pageant. From 1980 until 1983, he was a correspondent on both the BBC Panorama programme and BBC Newsnight reporting from trouble spots such as the Middle East and El Salvador before working for three months as Newsnight's correspondent in Argentina during the Falklands War. From 1983 to 1985, he worked at TV-am as a reporter and as a presenter of Good Morning Britain. From 1986 until 1993, he presented the BBC One peak time consumer programme Watchdog alongside his wife Lynn Faulds Wood, as well as the live morning talk show The Time, The Place from 1993 to 1998.

And for four years, he presented the ITV Sunday morning programme "My Favourite Hymns" in which he interviewed a wide variety of guests about their faith and its impact on their lives. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Earl Spencer, Princess Michael of Kent, the former South African president F.W. De Klerk, the author Maya Angelou and Coronation Street's William Roache were amongst his many guests.

In 1994, Stapleton joined the ITV breakfast programme GMTV as a presenter of the Newshour. In 1997, Stapleton, along with Sir Trevor McDonald, presented the live and controversial Monarchy debate for ITV in front of three thousand people at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre and at GMTV, he also anchored many major news stories. Among them, the war in Kosovo when he was based on the Albanian border covering the refugee crisis. This was followed by him anchoring four American elections, the Boxing Day 2004 tsunami in South East Asia, Pope John Paul II's funeral in Rome and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. In 2004, he was made the Royal Television Society's News Presenter of the Year[2] - largely for his work on GMTV covering the 2003 war in Iraq and interviews he conducted with political party leaders including the then Prime Minister Tony Blair. He returned to Iraq to front two special programmes for GMTV commemorating the fifth anniversary of the war. He is also a reporter for the prime time ITV Tonight programme. Stapleton has over the years also presented many regional news and current affairs programmes including the BBC's London Plus, Facing South for Meridian and Central Weekend Live for Central TV.[3][4][5]

Stapleton has interviewed every British Prime Minister since James Callaghan in the 1970s and is one of the contributors to the BBC series Grumpy Old Men. He currently presents two political discussion programmes for ITV Central, The Lobby, transmitted in the Midlands plus Last Orders, for ITV Yorkshire.

In 2010, John joined the newly established ITV Breakfast programme Daybreak as their Special Correspondent. During his time with the programme, Stapleton was a stand-in presenter for Matt Barbet and Aled Jones, if either presenter were unable to host on a particular show.

In 2014, it was announced that Daybreak was to come to an end after four years of broadcasting. It would be replaced by a new breakfast programme Good Morning Britain, where Stapleton will be Special Correspondent once again, as well as standing in for Sean Fletcher and Ben Shephard.

Awards[edit]

Year Group Award Result
2000 RTS Awards Interviewer Nominated
2003 Presenter of the Year Won

Personal life[edit]

He only has one kidney that functions properly. In April 2008, he revealed, in a report for the BBC's The One Show, that when he was younger he suffered from the eating disorder anorexia nervosa.[6]

He and his wife Lynn Faulds Wood live in St Margarets, London[7] and have been married for more than 30 years. They have one son, Nicholas James (born Hammersmith, London, 1987) [8]

He has been a supporter of Manchester City for more than 50 years ever since his father took him to see Stanley Matthews play for Blackpool against City at their old Maine Road ground in the 1950s.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Stapleton: Life In Diggle Daily Express, 6 February 2012.
  2. ^ "Television Journalism Awards 2003". Royal Television Society. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Daybreaking news! GMTV, 20 July 2010.
  4. ^ GMTV stars Penny Smith and John Stapleton leave the sofa in cut backs Mirror, 4 March 2010.
  5. ^ Old pro Penny Smith keeps mum on the GMTV sofa after being axed... but tweets: 'Let the partying commence.'. Mail Online, 4 March 2010.
  6. ^ Broadcaster admits eating disorder BBC News, 29 April 2008.
  7. ^ Tom Ambrose (7 March 2014). "Watchdog returns, with St Margarets presenters taking the lead". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  8. ^ Births England and Wales 1984–2006
  9. ^ Opinion: John Stapleton Manchester Evening News, 11 August 2009.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Jon Snow
RTS: Television Journalism
Presenter of the Year

2003
Succeeded by
Alastair Stewart