Natasha Kaplinsky Biography
Natasha Kaplinsky is an excellent conference facilitator and awards host. One of the best known TV News presenters, Natasha is a favourite on the corporate scene, either facilitating conferences or hosting award ceremonies. She is a patron of the medical relief agency Merlin and The Willow Foundation, which organises special days for seriously ill young adults.
Natasha Kaplinsky as News Presenter
Natasha joined the BBC in November 2002 to co-present Breakfast with Dermot Murnaghan. She went on to present the 6 O'clock News until October 2007. In 2008, Natasha made a high profile move to Channel Five, to host FIVE News with Natasha Kaplinsky. Natasha's move was a huge success for Channel Five, with the programme attracting over a milliion viewers on the first day.
Natasha Kaplinsky on Strictly Come Dancing
In Spring 2004 Natasha showed that she was so much more than just a news presenter when she took part in a new peak-time Saturday night programme called Strictly Come Dancing … she went on to win it with her coach Brendan Cole. She took part again in most of the second series - though this time as co-presenter with Bruce Forsyth.
Natasha hosted the BBC's Bafta red carpet coverage, and joined Terry Wogan in co-presenting Making Your Mind Up, the show which decided the UK's contestant for the Eurovision Song Contest.
Guest appearances have included the Royal Variety Show, hosting New Year Live, BBC-1’s end-of-the-year show and co-presenting the final of BBC-2’s Restoration with Griff Rhys-Jones. She has also appeared as a guest on Have I Got News For You, The Kumars at No 42, Ready Steady Cook, and several episodes of the BBC comedy My Hero - in which she plays a newsreader.
Natasha Kaplinksy worked in the press offices of Neil Kinnock and John Smith before spotting an advertisement for a news presenter with Meridian in the South East. She was taken on to present early-morning bulletins but soon found herself anchoring the station’s evening news magazine. She moved to Carlton in London to host news and current affairs programmes including their flagship nightly news show.
In 2000 she joined Sky News and was a leading member of the presenting team when the channel won a Bafta for Best News Channel.
Her job on the Breakfast sofa teamed her up with Dermot Murnaghan in a daily three-hour live show combining news, current affairs and softer items, where she has developed a reputation for incisive interviewing with a gentle touch where necessary.
Natasha was delighted to be named the Variety Club’s TV Personality of the Year and surprised when her victory in the Strictly Come Dancing was named as Top Entertainment Moment 2004 while the Tric Awards honoured her as Newscaster of the Year.
Natasha Kaplinsky as Conference Facilitator & Awards Host
Natasha Kaplinsky is one of the most sought after conference facilitators and awards hosts - she adds charm and professionalism to any event.
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Natasha Kaplinsky News
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1st June 2012
American author Madeline Miller has won the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction with her debut novel The Song of Achilles.
5th August 2011
From mid-September Natasha will be returning to her first love - the news! She will take on the role of news anchor on ITV's London Tonight.
25th March 2011
Natasha Kaplinsky hosted Speakers Cornerâ€™s latest showcase highlighting the best speaker talents around, including Dame Tanni Grey Thompson and Tessa Jowell. Scintillating Conversation about the Olympics was accompanied by a delicious breakfast in Central London.
10th January 2011
Speakers Corner presents our latest showcase highlighting the best speaker talents around. Scintillating Conversation about the Olympics will be accompanied by a scrumptious breakfast.
10th January 2011
Whatâ€™s A Facilitator? A pretty face? A sparkling wit? Itâ€™s all of that and a whole lot moreâ€¦.
15th October 2010
The TV newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky is to leave FIVE in December, the channel announced yesterday, bringing to an end the deal which made her Britain's highest-paid current-affairs presenter.
29th September 2008
Natasha Kaplinsky gave birth to a baby boy The newsreader, 36, gave birth to her son, who has not been named, at a London hospital at 8.30am.
20th February 2008
NATASHA Kaplinsky's debut as the face of Five News attracted nearly double the channel's usual audience, with close to one million viewers tuning in.
8th October 2007
BBC newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky is leaving the corporation to join commercial broadcaster Five.
17th May 2013
Olympic Gold medallist, Rebecca Adlington has spoken about her hopes of becoming a TV presenter one day.
Natasha Kaplinsky Reviews
Natasha Kaplinsky has spoken and appeared at a number of recent corporate events. Please find some client speaker testimonials and reviews for Natasha Kaplinsky for a number of these events and conferences. If you would like some additional information as to how to book Natasha Kaplinsky for your corporate event, then please contact one of the Speakers Corner booking agents on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email email@example.com
Very professional, easy to work with. Very entertaining. Great feedback from delegates. Ver y positive client feedback. Delighted!
Natasha hosted the Awards perfectly and was a joy to work with, I'm sure we'll be working with her again soon.
Natasha is probably the best CMYA Presenter that we have had so far. She was loved by the audience and came across well with a warm, endearing manner. She was lovely to work with, very professional throughout the rehearsals and evening. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to others and we would certainly use her again if the occasion arose.
Q & A with Natasha Kaplinsky
Natasha Kaplinsky answered some probing questions for Speakers Corner. For speaking secrets revealed - read on! To book Natasha Kaplinsky for your event, please contact one of the Speakers Corner booking agents on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Speakers Corner: How did your corporate presenting work start?
Natasha Kaplinsky: Actually I started to work on the corporate scene long before I worked in broadcasting – so I guess it is where I learned the tricks of my trade.
Speakers Corner: Can you remember your first live presenting gig?
Natasha Kaplinsky: Gosh no - it was centuries ago!
Speakers Corner: Which live event has been your favourite and why?
Natasha Kaplinsky: I have been lucky enough to be involved in all sorts of amazing live events, from performing on Strictly Come Dancing, to hosting the BBC's New Years Eve Coverage, VE day celebration, and countless news bulletins. They have all been special in different ways and I feel it a real honour to do what I do for a living.
Speakers Corner: If you could present at any event, past or future, what would it be?
Natasha Kaplinsky: I was on maternity leave for the most recent election, so I wish I had been involved in that...so looking forward, the Olympics would be a dream presenting goal.
Speakers Corner: Which presenter to you most admire and why?
Natasha Kaplinsky: Every presenter brings something different to their job. I admire each of my colleagues for their unique skills and try to learn from all of them.
Speakers Corner: Who would you most like to share a platform with?
Natasha Kaplinsky: I find it very humbling to share the platform with every day people who have done amazing things. Whether someone has won an award for bravery, or commitment, or just because they are the very best at what they do, that is what I find most impressive. Sometimes when I host award ceremonies, the winners come on to the stage and they are shaking with nerves. I love those moments because I feel like I am involved in one of the best days of their lives.
Speakers Corner: On average, how many corporate events do you do a year?
Natasha Kaplinsky: It totally depends. Sometimes two a week and other times one a month. I love doing corporate jobs as it is a real chance to interact with people. Most of what I do is in the rather sterile environment of a studio, so it is always lovely to actually meet people!
Speakers Corner: Do you prefer an audience of 50 or 1,000 people?
Natasha Kaplinsky: It makes no difference to me. My performance has to be spot on whether it is for five or five million people.
Speakers Corner: How do you like to be introduced?
Natasha Kaplinsky: Not with the Strictly theme tune....After all these years being attached to the show, there is an expectation that I am an amazing dancer. (Which of course, I no longer am!)
Speakers Corner: Do you always like to do a briefing call before the event?
Natasha Kaplinsky: I do prefer to speak to the client as I feel it is a chance for me to really understand their hopes and expectations for an event. I often feel that clients are also reassured by a briefing call or meeting as they have a chance to ask me questions and it gives me the chance to reassure them that I know what I'm doing.
Speakers Corner: Do you have any funny/embarrassing presenting anecdotes you would care to share?
Natasha Kaplinsky: Yes. Too many to recount here...but I do include them in an introductory speech if an event organiser so wishes.
Speakers Corner: Who have you heard speak that has left a lasting impression?
Natasha Kaplinsky: Again, there are many people who are really special and inspirational. It is usually the charity events that really touch me and I have to struggle sometimes not to let that show too much.
Speakers Corner: What do you feel you bring to an event?
Natasha Kaplinsky: For conferences and speaker events, I bring calm, authority and experience. For galas and award ceremonies...a bit of sparkle and glamour.
Speakers Corner: Do you have any particular requirements such as autocue to facilitate or host an event?
Natasha Kaplinsky: Autocue always makes and event look much more silky, but if there isn't the budget for autocue, I am perfectly happy.
Speakers Corner: What’s your favourite film?
Natasha Kaplinsky: Usually the last one I have seen. I love the cinema more than anything - it is my biggest treat - especially in the afternoon!
Speakers Corner: What’s your favourite book?
Natasha Kaplinsky: I read a lot and so I couldn't possibly chose. If my two year old son could answer this for me though, he would say Peppa Pig!
Speakers Corner: What’s your favourite holiday destination?
Natasha Kaplinsky: Anywhere with my family.
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