Jason Dawe (presenter)

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Jason Dawe
Born Jason Henry Dawe
1967 (age 50–51)
Cornwall, England
Occupation Journalist
Television presenter
Years active 2002–present
Television Top Gear
Used Car Roadshow

Jason Henry Dawe (born 1967) is an English journalist and television presenter. He presented the first series of Top Gear on BBC Two alongside Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond. In 2005, he began presenting Used Car Roadshow; the programme was cancelled two years later in 2007.


Born and raised in Cornwall, England, Dawe worked at auto dealerships and as a motoring industry trainer.

Dawe is a regular columnist in The Sunday Times motoring section, where he has written extensively about used cars.[1] Together with Nick Rufford of The Sunday Times he has also made many video broadcasts of car reviews.[2] He writes for many other motoring magazines and is a regular contributor to radio and TV shows as a motoring expert.

In addition to this, Dawe has also been occasionally known to write in the AA magazine.

Top Gear[edit]

Initially, Jeremy Clarkson wanted James May to present the rebooted series of Top Gear; however, May declined, with Dawe later agreeing to present the first series alongside Clarkson and Richard Hammond.[citation needed] Despite not appearing in most segments, Dawe was severely disliked by many viewers, as they believed that the segment he presented was boring.[citation needed] When May wished to present the show for the second series due to the increasing popularity of the programme, Clarkson thought about Dawe staying and to have four presenters, though Dawe and Clarkson mutually agreed that Dawe would not return for the second series.[citation needed] However, his co-presenter Richard Hammond was very close to being fired alongside Dawe.[3]

Following his departure from Top Gear, Dawe returned to his presenting career in 2005, now presenting Used Car Roadshow with Penny Mallory; the programme was cancelled in 2007 due to being a ratings failure.[4][5]

When Clarkson, Hammond and May all left the programme in 2015, it was widely speculated that Dawe would return to co-present the show.[6] However, Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc were announced as the new presenters, with it officially confirmed that Dawe would not return in favour of new presenters.[7][8][9]


  1. ^ "The Times & The Sunday Times". Retrieved 2 February 2018. 
  2. ^ "The Times & The Sunday Times". Retrieved 2 February 2018. 
  3. ^ Plunkett, John (2015-05-20). "Top Gear bosses considered ditching Richard Hammond, says Andy Wilman". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-03-12. 
  4. ^ "Used Car Roadshow on Men & Motors". Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Who needs new cars anyway? The Sunday Times". Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Jeremy Clarkson dropped by BBC after damning report into assault on producer". The Guardian. 25 March 2015. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  7. ^ Furness, Hannah (16 June 2015). "Telegraph – Chris Evans confirmed as new Top Gear presenter – Media Centre". The Telegraph. London. Archived from the original on 16 June 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "Matt LeBlanc to be Top Gear co-presenter". 4 February 2016. Archived from the original on 4 February 2016 – via www.bbc.co.uk. 
  9. ^ "Eddie Jordan and Sabine Schmitz join Top Gear line-up". 11 February 2016. Archived from the original on 11 February 2016 – via www.bbc.co.uk. 

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