Stephen Cole (broadcaster)
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|Born||Stephen Joseph Samuel Cole
Hereford, United Kingdom
|Occupation||Broadcaster, journalist, presenter, newsreader|
|Organization||Institute of Diplomacy and Business|
|Parent(s)||Brian Cole and Patricia Cole|
Stephen Cole is an international broadcast journalist and current Chairman of the Institute of Diplomacy and Business.
Cole is a prominent anchorman and was the launch presenter for CNN in the US and Al Jazeera English in London. He also worked for the BBC where he founded the corporation's premier technology programme "Click."
- Al Jazeera English
Cole joined Al Jazeera English on 2 December 2005, in the run-up to its launch. He is currently an anchor, based at the main broadcast-centre, in Doha in Qatar, where he was a presenter on the flagship-programme Newshour. He was also a host of studio-based discussion-programmes, such as Inside Story.
During the strike action by BBC technical staff and journalists on 23 May 2005, he was the stand-in presenter for the national BBC News coverage, which included presenting the Six O'Clock News and Ten O'Clock News bulletins on BBC One and BBC News 24. The bulletins apparently drew in more viewers than usual and resulted in his becoming known as "the Peter Pan of television".
As well as helping launching Al Jazeera English, Cole is probably best known for being part of the launch-teams of two other leading broadcasters. One of the organisations was CNN International, in their new facility in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1989.
- Sky News
Stephen runs his own firm, Cole Productions, for non-broadcasting business, and is also the chairman of the Institute of Diplomacy and Business [IoDB], the organisation he co-founded in 2011.
In 2012 he was appointed to the board of the Premiership Rugby Club London Welsh.
Stephen is married to Anne-Marie Cole, a BBC Radio 4 producer, who works for Above the Title Productions and Testbed Productions. Stephen has three sons: Dominic, who works in finance; Daniel, who is an officer in the British Army; and Richard, who is a medical student.
His main leisure interests are: rugby, tennis and films.
- Al Jazeera Profile (Contains other presenter profiles)
- BBC News 24 Profile
- May 2005 Article on strike - Daily Mail
- Cole's announcement on his movement from the BBC to Al-Jazeera (Guardian Unlimited, requires registration)
- 23 May 2005 at the TV Room
- on YouTube