Born in Derry, Northern Ireland, Arnold was educated at Gresham's School in Norfolk from 1975 to 1980. He then backpacked around the world before joining the Royal Navy in 1986 as an Aircrew Officer, flying in Lynx helicopters. His five-year commission in the Navy came to an end in 1991
His next job was with Capital Radio's Flying Eye in 1993, in which he navigated Londoners through traffic for two years.
In 1995 Arnold became one of the first presenters on the new national cable television channel L!VE TV, covering showbiz and sport stories. In 1996 he joined HTV as a sports presenter and in 1999 was promoted to be the HTV news presenter for documentaries and magazine shows. He next became a sports reporter at Sky News and in 2002 presented a special two-part documentary on the Glastonbury Festival for ITV. In 2003 he began with GMTVas their Northern Correspondent, relocating to London in 2007 before leaving the show in 2010.
He sings in a band called The Intelligence Men, which has released two singles. He lived with his wife Dominique (married 2005) and baby son in Surrey. In 2009 they had twins (a boy and a girl) and in 2010 moved to Cambridgeshire after GMTV ended. Matt is now a freelance journalist and film-maker working for the BBC and corporate clients.
Matt and his family run a bed-and-breakfast, The Bridge Hotel at Brandon, Suffolk, and were featured on Four in a Bed on Channel 4 in March 2015.
- Matt Arnold at gm.tv
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