Simon McCoy is one of the most recognisable faces in television news. He is also a first class panel moderator and event facilitator. With a forty-year career in journalism behind him he has covered some of the biggest breaking stories on 24-hour news. Simon also co hosts events with his wife, the actress Emma Samms.
About Simon McCoy
Simon McCoy has travelled across the globe whilst reporting on the news but he is also noted for making news – often going viral for his sometimes dead-pan delivery – whether outside a hospital waiting for a Royal Baby or trying to hide his indifference to less important news stories in the studio. Furthermore, he was Royal Correspondent between 1991 and 1996. Today Simon is a regular contributor to ITV’s ‘This Morning’ and is a Royal Expert on American and Australian television.
Simon McCoy started his TV career behind the camera. He joined TV-am as a news editor and left in 1988 to go to newly-launched Sky News, initially as a producer.
However, in 1996 Simon was given his first full-time presenting role on Sky News Sunrise. Over the next few years, he also presented Sky’s prime-time chat show ‘Tonight’ which featured a host of names from the world of politics and showbusiness.
In 2003, Simon co-anchored Sky’s award-winning coverage of the Iraq war. He was on air for five hours live every day of the conflict, initially in Kuwait and then from Basra.
In January 2004, Simon joined the BBC, presenting on both BBC Breakfast and the BBC News channel, subsequently taking over the morning slot on BBC News, the BBC’s rolling news network. He travelled widely for the BBC, including covering the 1-year anniversary of 9/11 from New York City as well as daily live coverage of the Israel/Lebanon conflict from Beirut.
Simon was on the roster for coverage of the birth of the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who a few days later was named Prince George of Cambridge. Stationed outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital with often little or no news to share, McCoy’s comments concerning the value of the news coverage made for (often sympathetic) headlines. And famously said, “The news is there is no news”.
Simon has spent many hours presenting outside broadcasts – and was based outside the House of Commons for many weeks during the period of the controversial Brexit debate.
He came to the media’s attention again in 2017, when introducing a story about surfboarding dogs, with as little interest as possible, as only Simon can. His coverage was parodied by US TV Host Stephen Colbert as a ‘shining example’ of the British saying: ‘Keep Calm and Lose the Will to Live’.
He has appeared as himself in the 2007 BBC Two drama Party Animals, in several episodes of Spooks, Luther, Holby Blue, Eastenders, Silent Witness, and in The Amazing Mrs Pritchard. Simon also had a newsreading role in the 2006 Anthony Horowitz movie Operation Stormbreaker and in Seann Penn’s 2015 movie ‘The Gunman’.
In 2017, Simon launched the BBC News programme Afternoon Live and in 2019 he became the main presenter of the News at One on BBC1.