Stephen Cole is one of the most recognisable and versatile faces of International television news. He has anchored 24-hour news since 1989 from the studio and from some of the world’s major trouble spots. Stephen has conducted network interviews with Presidents, Prime Ministers and Movie Stars. He wrote and hosted the Oscars Special programme on BBC World for six years.
He successfully launched the world’s main news channels, Sky News, CNN International, BBC World and Al Jazeera International in London and Doha. He has specialist knowledge of Middle-Eastern politics. One of his most successful ideas was the creation of the IT Show Click Online. He developed the format and took the BBC show around the world to twenty-eight countries over seven years.
Stephen is also a popular Chairman and Moderator at International Global events such as the World Economic Forum at Davos and the Eurasian Media Forum in Astana. He also recently chaired at the United Nations setting the five-year agenda for UNESCO. He has chaired for UNESCO in Paris and Nagoya. He has also hosted conferences in education, banking and global health and writes travel and political articles for magazines and newspapers around the world.
Stephen’s other interests are horse riding, film and rugby. He is a Judge at BAFTA, he is a former Director of a premiership rugby club, a London school governor and he is Chairman of the Institute of Diplomacy and Business.
According to his sons, he also tells the world’s worst jokes.