Jamie Theakston is a UK game changer. He is one of the most versatile and durable media performers in the UK, with a career spanning TV, radio, theatre and sports media. Jamie has spent the last ten years co-hosting Heart Breakfast with Jamie and Emma (Emma Bunton of Spice Girls fame) in London. For Australians unfamiliar with Jamie, you can follow him on Twitter or check out his site.

Jamie Theakston is a game changer. Listen to his interview with Craig Bruce on Game Changers: Radio.
Jamie Theakston is a game changer. Listen to his interview with Craig Bruce on Game Changers: Radio.


2:38 Co-hosting a show with Shane Warne and batting with Brian Lara

4:20 Being an all rounder

4:47 Explaining being afraid as a teenager and being involved in the National Youth Theatre

6:04 Transfering skills acting into radio

6:43 Being yourself (or not) on radio

8:25 Craig comparing improv performance and working on radio

9:14 Linking between segments on air

10:28 Having a great foundation in radio before you break the rules

11:17 Understanding the mechanics of live TV  

12:06 Protecting his privacy when so much of radio is sharing yourself

13:20 Recognising good performance can't save a bad idea

14:04 Presenting sport on TV at age 23

14:29 Remembering when radio was not part of his career plan

15:26 Learning as you go 

17:18 Advising how young people can get into radio

18:57 Discussing a decade of 10 Heart Breakfast

19:28 Defining the difference between the BBC and commercial radio in UK

21:00 Understanding the importance of a breakfast program to a town

23:03 Working with former co-host Harriet Scott.

23:37 Maintaining an 8-year relationship on air

24:59 Welcoming a new co-host, Emma Bunton, and explaining the difficulty she had learning to be herself after being a star

28:24 Adapting to a format change that reduced the talk segment

30:40 Explaining how the broadcasters wanted the format change (not management)

31:35 Advising budding radio broadcasters

33:01 Being successful across a broad range of media.