7 October 1961 |
Hammersmith, London, England
|Notable credit(s)||Sky News
Simon McCoy (born 7 October 1961) is a newsreader for the BBC, and is a regular presenter on the rolling news channel BBC News between 2pm and 5pm. He is also a regular presenter of the BBC News at One and a relief presenter of BBC Weekend News.
Shortly before 1pm on 18 March 2013, McCoy and co-presenter Sophie Long read the final BBC News bulletin from BBC Television Centre, with BBC News moving to Broadcasting House in Central London for the BBC News at One.
In 2013, he gained fame for holding a ream of paper while presenting the news.
McCoy started his journalism career at the Fleet Street News Agency in London before joining Thames TV as a researcher for Thames News in 1983. After time as a scriptwriter at Thames TV in 1986 he joined the breakfast TV station TV-am as a news editor. In 1988 Simon left to go to a new satellite channel called Sky - initially as a producer on the Sky News breakfast programme Sunrise.
After a job which involved travel around the world throughout the years Simon took a desk job, presenting Sunrise on Sky News. He also presented the Tonight programme - a topical chat show involving interviews with people from the worlds of showbiz, politics and sport.
In January 2004 McCoy joined the BBC, and could be seen on BBC Breakfast and BBC News 24, initially as a cover presenter for both. In September 2005 he took over the morning slot on BBC News alongside Kate Silverton following Phillip Hayton's sudden departure after Hayton fell out with Silverton. When reviewing the papers the following day McCoy tried to point out the story, but was prevented by Silverton. In December 2007 Silverton left the shift to host the 8pm Update. McCoy presents the weekday 2-5pm slot on the BBC News channel alongside Emily Maitlis on Mondays and Jane Hill from Tuesday to Friday.
In 2006 McCoy stopped regular appearances on BBC Breakfast upon Charlie Stayt's arrival at the BBC, but continued to be a relief presenter on the BBC Weekend News. Since 2008 McCoy has made a number of appearances as a stand-in presenter on Breakfast.
On 7 June 2013 McCoy presented coverage of the Queen's visit to Broadcasting House to officially open the new part of the BBC's Headquarters which features the largest live newsroom in Europe. The new Broadcasting House sees the BBC's Television, News and Radio departments in one complex. The BBC's Children's and Radio 5 Live moved to Salford's MediaCity in 2012. The Queen opened the new complex with a live public broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today' programme.
On 22 July McCoy was on the roster for coverage of the birth of the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who a few days later became Prince George of Cambridge. Stationed outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital with often little or no news to share, McCoy's comments concerning the value of the news coverage made for (often sympathetic) headlines. And famously said "The News is there is no News".
McCoy appeared as himself, reading the news, in the 2007 BBC Two drama Party Animals. He has also appeared in several episodes of Spooks, in the BBC1 drama Holby Blue, and in The Amazing Mrs Pritchard. Simon also had a newsreading role in the 2006 Anthony Horowitz movie Stormbreaker and in the 2014 BBC Four comedy Brian Pern announcing that the titular character (played by Simon Day) had had a heart attack at 00:02.
- Simon McCoy joins the BBC BBC Press Office, 18 November 2003
- Sky News gets Channel 5 airing BBC News, 19 December 2001
- "BBC - Press Office - Simon McCoy". BBC (via archive.org). 2013-07-25. Archived from the original on June 7, 2009. Retrieved 2013-07-25.
- Silverton Sparkles With New Co-host McCoy[dead link] Telegraph
- Watson, Leon (9 March 2012). "Simon McCoy: BBC breakfast news presenter 'caught napping at his desk' during live bulletin". The Daily Mail. Associated Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
- Morse, Felicity (2013-07-25). "Royal baby watch: BBC Reporter Simon McCoy admits Duchess of Cambridge labour coverage is 'not news'". The Independent. Retrieved 2013-07-23.
- Deacon, Michael (2013-07-22). "Royal baby sketch: 'Breaking news: we have no news!'". telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-07-22.
- "Biography - Victoria Graham". BBC Press Office. September 2008. Retrieved 29 September 2008.
- Biography page BBC News