Jon Briggs

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Jonathan "Jon" Briggs (born 24 January 1965) is an English TV and radio announcer, best known for being the voiceover on The Weakest Link. Briggs was educated at Magdalen College School, Oxford. His work spans radio, TV, voice-over, training and conferences. He started in radio in 1981 as tea boy and progressed to the breakfast show with BBC Radio Oxford aged 19.

Briggs was the station voice of BBC Radio 2, and from 2000 to 2012, he was known as the voice of the BBC quiz show, The Weakest Link. In 1996, he founded and is the managing director of London based talent agency, The Excellent Voice Company, marketing and representing vocal talents.

His journalism spans radio and television, mostly for the BBC. He was a continuity announcer for Channel 4 from 1988 to 1990. Having worked as a reporter for BBC Radio 4 current affairs programmes, he went on to spend two years anchoring the breakfast news program for BBC Radio 5 when the corporation launched its first new station for just under 23 years.

Having worked for LBC — London's oldest commercial station — in the mid-1990s, Briggs returned under the tenure of ITN in 1999 to referee the weekly political debate on Sunday mornings. In 2003, he finished three years working on a weekly review of London's entertainment scene every Saturday morning. He returned to the BBC in that same year to work on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Briggs is a well-recognised conference moderator, having worked for many of the world's largest companies, including IBM, Canon, BT, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco Systems, Deloitte & Touche and Ericsson.

Jon Briggs also provided the narration for the start of the drum and bass song "Blood Sugar" by Pendulum. He also provided his voice for text-to-speech software, including 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]

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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