Jon Bentley (TV presenter)

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Jon Bentley
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Born1961 (age 58–59)
Nationality English
EducationMillfield, Oriel College, Oxford
OccupationTelevision presenter, journalist, producer
Known forTelevision presenter, columnist
Children2 daughters

Jon Bentley (born 1961) is an English journalist and television presenter; he was educated at Millfield and at Oriel College, Oxford.[1][2]

Bentley specialises in television production and journalism in the field of motoring. Between 1987 and 1999, he was producer and executive producer of BBC Two's Top Gear, and was series producer of Fifth Gear from 2002 to 2004.[1][3]

As a producer of Top Gear, Bentley helped launch the television careers of Jeremy Clarkson[4] and hired Quentin Willson[5] and Vicki Butler-Henderson.[1] He also has a corner named after him on the Top Gear test track.[6] Bentley presented The Gadget Show on Channel 5 in the United Kingdom, alongside Ortis Deley, Suzi Perry, Pollyanna Woodward and Jason Bradbury.[1]

In February 2012, it was announced that the show's format was changing, it was then known as The Gadget Show: World Tour, and featured two of the previous presenting team Jason Bradbury and Pollyanna Woodward.[7] Occasionally, he also presented on Fifth Gear.[1]

In April 2013, it was announced on Twitter that The Gadget Show was returning to its old format, and Jon would be rejoining the line up alongside new co host Rachel Riley, (who also attended Oriel College, Oxford). He is married with two daughters.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Jon Bentley profile". The Gadget Show. United Kingdom: Channel 5. Archived from the original on 23 February 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  2. ^ Bentley, Jon. "Jon Bentley Biography". United Kingdom. Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  3. ^ Jon Bentley.
  4. ^ I was there – Jezza's TV debut. Topgear. 1 June 2005
  5. ^ A history of motoring on TV. (24 November 2004). Retrieved on 30 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Track Plan". Top Gear. United Kingdom: BBC. Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2013. The jink left at the end of Follow Through, Bentley Bend, is named not after the British luxury car maker, but as a tribute to former Top Gear producer Jon Bentley
  7. ^ The Gadget Show | The Gadget Show rebooted for 2012 by The Gadget Show Archived 13 July 2012 at 23 February 2012.

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