Television presenter

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Chris Tarrant is a British radio and television presenter.

A television presenter is a person who introduces or hosts television programs. Nowadays it is common for minor celebrities in other fields to take on this role, but there are also a number of people who have made their name solely within the field of presenting, particularly within children's television series, to become a television personality.[1][2]


Some presenters may double as an actor, model, singer, comedian etc. Others may be subject matter experts, such as scientists or politicians, serving as presenters for a programme about their field of expertise (for instance, David Attenborough). Some are celebrities who have made their name in one area, then leverage their fame to get involved in other areas. Examples of this latter group include British comedian Michael Palin who now presents programmes about travel (such as Around the World in 80 Days), and American actor Alan Alda, who has presented Scientific American Frontiers for over a decade. Another example would be American stand-up comedian Joe Rogan, who is a commentator and post-fight interviewer in UFC.

The term is also used in other countries, such as Ireland and Sri Lanka. In the US, such a person is typically called a host or an MC (Master of ceremonies).

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  1. ^ "TV presenter Donna Air joins Pippa Middleton's fan club". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  2. ^ "Dimbleby criticises ageism in TV". 2013-05-28. Retrieved 2013-07-23.