Ben is host anchor for Sky Sports Champions League, Goals on Sunday and League Cup coverage. He also presents ITV1 quiz show Tipping Point - a game of knowledge, tactics and skill for the contestants going head-to-head with the show's iconic machine in a bid to topple its big cash counters.
Amongst his achievements Ben hosted the spectacular mental and physical challenge show Safebreakers for Sky 1 in 2011, was instrumental in the return of TV’s toughest quiz - The Krypton Factor, worked for eight years on Behind the Magic of Harry Potter for ITV1, and hosted BBC1’s 1 Vs 100. Other credits include ITV1’s One Night Only with Rod Stewart and also with Phil Collins and, of course, 10 years at the helm of GMTV.
Ben was also part of the original team that launched X Factor, hosting 3 seasons of the award winning Xtra Factor on ITV2, defining the show that remains a huge hit today.
As an interviewer and event host Ben has a unique ability to put people at ease. A challenging and insightful interviewer to a broad spectrum of people, from politicians such as David Cameron and Gordon Brown; global stars such as Madonna and Angelina Jolie; sportsmen such as Fabio Capello, Steven Gerrard and the England Rugby Team, to business leaders such as Phil Bentley, Sir Clive Woodward, and Sir Howard Stringer.
His professionalism and adaptability makes him the host of choice for leading events including The British Olympic Association Ball; Sony Global Conference; the BAFTAs, The Duke of Edinburgh’s DofE Awards Annual Dinner; RFU World Cup Dinner; FA Club; British Airways; Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Foundation Annual Dinner and The Prince of Wales’ Prince’s Trust Awards. Ben recently hosted a series of events for UEFA surrounding the Champions League Final at Wembley alongside Michel Platini and Boris Johnson.
Outside of his broadcasting work Ben pushes himself to the limit with personal sporting challenges.
In the last 10 years Ben has completed 14 marathons, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with Gary Barlow and Cheryl Cole for Comic Relief, discovered a passion for boxing when he fought and defeated Lemar for Sport Relief, and holds 4 Guinness World Records. He has represented England in Soccer Aid, playing against Maradona and Zinadine Zidane; played rugby at Twickenham, and still regularly boxes at the Fitzroy Lodge in East London.
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Simon Fanshawe OBE