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Katie Thistleton
EducationUniversity of Salford
National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ)[1]
Occupation(s)Television presenter
radio presenter
Years active2004–present
Known forCBBC
BBC Radio 1

Katie Lorna Thistleton is an English television and radio presenter, journalist and author, best known for her work across the CBBC channel. She presents on Radio 1 as well as Life Hacks and The Official Chart: First Look on BBC Radio 1 alongside Vick Hope.

Early life

Born in Manchester, Thistleton attended Droylsden High School for Girls. Thistleton graduated from the University of Salford with a degree in English and Creative Writing along with fellow presenter Lauren Layfield, before qualifying as a NCTJ certified journalist after studying at News Associates, Manchester.[2]

Thistleton previously worked for the NHS Pennine Care mental health trust.[3]



Thistleton is best known for her work presenting in CBBC HQ, hosting the live 'bits in between the shows'. She has done this since she was headhunted for the job in 2013 whilst working behind the scenes for CBBC as a PA and Researcher.

She hosts the CBBC Book Club on the CBBC channel. The Book Club role has seen Thistleton interviewing many leading authors, including David Baddiel, Debbie McGee, Cressida Cowell, Jeff Kinney, Michael Rosen, Holly Smale, and Jacqueline Wilson.[3]

Thistleton has also appeared on a variety of CBBC shows, including All Over the Place, Blue Peter, Jedward's Big Adventure, The Dog Ate My Homework, and Sam & Mark's Big Friday Wind-Up.[3] In March 2019, Katie Thistleton announced she would be leaving CBBC to focus on new projects. Her last day was on 29 March.

Away from children's television, Thistleton has also appeared on Celebrity Eggheads, Celebrity Mastermind, and Children in Need.[3]

Literary roles

In addition to her televised literary work, Thistleton has hosted author events organised by publishing houses, including Hachette, HarperCollins, and Penguin.[3]

Thistleton has been a regular at literary festivals, including the Edinburgh Literary Festival and Hay Festival. She has also judged The Blue Peter Book Awards and The Royal Society Young People's Book Prize.[3]

Mental-health ambassador

Thistleton has worked to raise mental health awareness. She has been an ambassador for the mental health charities Young Minds and Place2Be.[4]


From May to December 2017, Thistleton hosted BBC Radio 1's The Surgery alongside Radha Modgil.[5]

Thistleton has hosted Life Hacks and The Official Chart: First Look on Radio 1 alongside Vick Hope.

Thistleton has regularly co-hosted Going Home with Vick and Jordan on BBC Radio 1 when either Hope or Jordan North is absent.


Thistleton's debut book — Dear Katie: Real Problems, Real Advice — was published by the Orion Publishing Group in February 2018.


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