Jonathan Vernon-Smith is a Silver winner of the Sony Radio Academy Awards 2013 for ‘Best Speech Programme’ and Gold winner for ‘Best Mid-Morning Show’ at the Gillard Awards.
Jonathan Vernon-Smith is a feisty, straight talking, popular radio presenter who’s not afraid to tell it like it is. He is authoritative and is fearless in his approach when it comes to holding decision makers and rogue traders to account, but also has a wicked sense of humour.
His mid-morning programme at BBC Three Counties Radio, the JVS Show, is the most popular BBC local radio show with online listeners outside of London. Over the last 8 months he has received the station’s highest ever Rajar figures in 6 years.
The JVS Show is largely topical and focuses on the biggest stories of the day. Jonathan is trusted and loved by his listeners who share their inner most secrets and real life experiences with him every day.
Jonathan is a consumer champion. Daily he battles with the UK’s biggest companies to make them address the poor customer service and treatment his listeners have received. His investigations have made national news. The programme is overwhelmed with people from across the country who want his help – many of those come from far beyond the station’s geographical boundaries of Beds, Herts and Bucks. He makes the kind of radio you want to tell others about. A clip of a caller to his programme was shared worldwide and has been listened more than 142,000 times.
Jonathan not only has an excellent rapport with his listeners but also enjoys working on shows which have more of a team feel. His programme ‘treasure quest’ – a treasure hunt style show on BBC Northampton – utilises the knowledge of his listeners, a reporter and a production team to create an enjoyable, fun, fast paced programme which has proved to be extremely successful.
Jonathan Vernon-Smith has recently been covering for Phil Williams and Stephen Nolan on BBC Radio 5 Live.
Watch out for Jonathan Vernon-Smith – a big name of the future……………
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