Steve McKenna / Speaker Profile

Steve McKenna

Steve McKenna

Trained by BBC News, Steve McKenna is a Sony Award winning tri-media journalist and presenter with well over a decade's experience under his belt. Steve's television work has encompassed every major terrestrial and digital channel The Movie Chart Show (CH 5), GMTV, RISE, FOT (BBC1), Science at Christmas (BBC 2), Entertainment UK (Sky 1) and many, many more. During four years at the BBC, he was acting Editor of Entertainment News, appearing daily on Radio 1 and 2 whilst also reporting for BBC1 News, BBC3 and Radio 5. In print, Steve has written for numerous publications, including NME, The Guardian and completed a two year stint as columnist for Scotland's Daily Record.

Steve's razor sharp wit, combined with superb timing, has led to successful stand-up shows and comedy writing for both Radio 2 and Radio 4. His expertise in the entertainment industry has taken him around the world The Oscars in Hollywood, Cuba's first rock gig, numerous festivals throughout Europe, various events in New York and even half way up a mountain in Switzerland. He has a doctorate in metaphysics, his father's a retired private detective and his mother's a faith healer. His interests are extensive, his knowledge is frightening and his experience is enormous.

A life in the media wasn't Steve's first career choice and for a number of years he worked very fruitfully in the background of the music industry. In addition to being part of the marketing team behind the Spice Girls and a number of major festivals (including T in the Park and Reading), he also managed and assisted a number of top Scottish bands in the early stages of their careers. Shirley Manson cites Steve as the person who got her together with Butch Vig to form the chart topping band, Garbage.

Currently, Steve can be heard, six days a week on the biggest radio station in Scotland, Real Radio, whilst working on various TV projects the most recent of which include ITV2's 'Office Monkey' and the Discovery Channel's 'Sci-fi Saved My Life'. He has experience as a stand-up comedian, children's TV presenter, professional singer, awards ceremony host and conference facilitator.

Steve McKenna is that very rare commodity - a safe pair of hands with the ability to tailor his delivery to the client's brief specifications straight, quirky, funny or intellectual, Steve excels at them all but remains easy going and great fun to work with.

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