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Dan Lobb carrying the Olympic Torch in Oxford
|Born||Daniel Jonathon Lobb
7 January 1972
Colden Common, Hampshire, England
|Years active||2001–2013, 2015–present|
Strictly Come Dancing
Daniel Jonathon "Dan" Lobb (born 7 January 1972) is a British retired tennis player and television presenter, best known for co-presenting the ITV Breakfast programme Daybreak from 2010 until 2012. Since 2015, he co-presents Cowboy Builders on Channel 5.
Lobb attended school and Peter Symonds College in Winchester, where he studied Biology, Chemistry and Economics. He was assisted by College Prospects of America to gain a tennis scholarship to the University of Tennessee @ Martin in the USA. He was named as an All-American (for tennis) and graduated from the school of Business with high honours. After coaching at various tennis clubs in London, Lobb played professionally for three years reaching a British ranking of 18 in 1997. After retiring in 1998 he combined coaching and modelling for three years as well as getting involved in sports PR and marketing in London.
In 2001, Lobb started part-time work at a local cable station assisting the sports producer before being given the opportunity to present a live show. From there he moved on to 5 News and was offered a contract by Sky Sports in January 2002, presenting mostly on Sky Sports News. In October 2007, he began presenting The Club on Sky Poker, a humorous magazine show based around Poker. He presented with Matt Broughton. On 30 December 2008 during a live Sky Sports News program, Lobb was co-presenting with Simon Thomas when it was revealed that this would be Lobb's final appearance on the channel. Thomas thanked Lobb for his seven-year service and joked that he was "still the only presenter to have beat Tim Henman - as he has liked to remind us over 400 times!" (This was in reference to Lobb's professional tennis career). In May 2009, Lobb became a sports presenter on Sky News.
Lobb moved to GMTV as the sports correspondent in January 2010. He transferred to the replacement programme Daybreak on 6 September 2010, appointed sports editor, and stand-in presenter. On 2 September, he took over from Adrian Chiles as the Friday co-presenter of Daybreak and on 6 December 2011 he took over from Chiles full-time on an interim basis. Aled Jones was appointed as Chiles' permanent replacement with Lobb leaving the programme on 31 August 2012.
On 6 September 2011, it was announced that Lobb would take part in the 2011 series of Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One. He was partnered with Katya Virshilas. He was the second person to be voted off the show on 16 October 2011. In January 2013 he presented a one-off Ping pong event for Sky Sports.
In 2015, Lobb returned to television as a co-presenter of Cowboy Builders on Channel 5.
|2002–08||Sky Sports; Sky Sports News||Presenter|
|2009||Sky News||Sports presenter|
|2009||Most Annoying People||Himself|
|2010–12||Daybreak||Sports editor (2010–11),
Acting main presenter (2011–12)
|2011||Strictly Come Dancing||Contestant|
|2012||Britain's Secret Treasures||Contributor|
|The Chase: Celebrity Chase||Contestant|
- Daybreak Press Pack ITV.com, 31 August 2010
- Adrian Chiles, Christine Bleakley to leave Daybreak on Monday? Daniel Sperling, Digital Spy, 2 December 2011
- Aled Jones joins The Sun's Lorraine Kelly on Daybreak sofa Colin Robertson, The Sun, 5 May 2012
- "Strictly Come Dancing signs up Lulu and Edwina Currie". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. 6 September 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2011.