Jon Briggs

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Jonathan "Jon" Briggs (born 24 January 1965) is an English TV and radio presenter. He is best known for his voiceover work. In 2007 he became the voice for text-to-speech software, which in 2011 included the British version of Siri, the personal assistant application for the Apple iPhone. His voice recordings for Siri were made 4 to 5 years before the iPhone 4S was released; he worked with a company called ScanSoft[1] which was later acquired by Nuance Communications, which supplied voices to Apple for iOS and Mac OS X Lion.[2] Jon's voice is renamed "Daniel" for these purposes.

Other voiceover credits include appearing as the voiceover statistician in over 1800 episodes of the BBC TV quiz show The Weakest Link (2000-2012), station voice of BBC Radio 2 (1996 - 2009), continuity announcer for Channel 4 television (1988-1990). Jon Briggs also provided the narration for the start of the drum and bass song "Blood Sugar" by Pendulum.

Jon Briggs' Radio credits include the breakfast show "Oxford AM" for BBC Radio Oxford (1985-1987), the breakfast show "Morning Edition" from launch for BBC Radio 5 (1990-1992), "Nightride" for BBC Radio 2 and "The Weekend Wireless Show " for LBC — London's oldest commercial station — (1998-2003). His reporting credits include BBC Radio 4's PM, Today, The World at One and The World Tonight, as well as travelogue and transport programmes Breakaway and Going Places.

Jon Briggs TV Credits include appearing as the first presenter on air for the launch of QVC (UK) (1993-1994)

In 1996, he founded London based talent agency, The Excellent Voice Company, subsequently Excellent Talent Ltd., marketing and representing vocal talents and TV presenters.

Briggs now works as a conference moderator, regularly appearing on stage for some of the major Fortune 500 companies, including IBM, Canon, BT, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco Systems, Deloitte & Touche, Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls-Royce and Ericsson.

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  1. ^ "Apple tried to silence voice of Siri". 10 November 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Nuance voices found in OS X Lion