Jeremy Gordon Thompson (born 1948) is an English journalist and former news presenter for Sky News, the 24-hour television news service operated by Sky UK. He was based at Sky News Centre in West London. He was previously a Sports Correspondent for BBC News, ITN, and a foreign correspondent in Hong Kong, Johannesburg, and Washington. Until 2016, he regularly presented from 5pm to 7pm, Mondays to Thursdays.
Thompson was educated at The King's School, a boarding independent school for boys (now co-educational and non-boarding), in the market town of Worcester, where presenter Chris Tarrant was a fellow pupil.
Thompson was frequently Sky News' leading anchor on major stories, often presenting on location. Assignments have included reporting from Rome and Vatican City on the death and funeral of Pope John Paul II in April 2005, the London bombings of July 2005, Hurricane Rita and the Asian tsunami where he was the first British presenter on the scene, reporting live from Phuket on the immediate aftermath of the disaster. He also reported from Haifa in northern Israel during the 2006 Lebanon War.
Thompson was a foreign correspondent based in Hong Kong, Johannesburg and Washington, from where he covered many major world events. He became a studio-based presenter in 1998, but continued to present on location regularly. In September 2016, he announced his impending retirement from Sky, set to take place at the end of the year. He presented his final Sky News bulletin in the studio on 20 October 2016, and his final bulletin on location from Washington, D.C. on 10 November 2016.
In February 2006, Thompson won the Royal Television Society's award for Presenter of the Year.
The judges' citation noted that Thompson ...
|“||... has a unique ability to capture the moment, to know which tiny little things really matter and – crucially – he knows when to shut up and let the pictures do the talking.||”|
Thompson also appeared as himself in the following movies:
- Volcano (1997)
- Shaun of the Dead (2004)
- The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
- St Trinian's (2007)
- Incendiary (2008)
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