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Noel Thompson (born 1957 Belfast) is a Northern Irish news journalist with BBC Northern Ireland. He is part of the presenting team for BBC Radio Ulster's flagship morning programme Good Morning Ulster.[1]

Noel Thompson

Journalism careerEdit

Thompson began his broadcasting career at the BBC in 1979 as a researcher for Nationwide in Belfast.[2] He progressed through the corporation's internal training scheme, working on Multi-Coloured Swap Shop and Newsround.[2]

In addition to his broadcasting career at BBC Northern Ireland, Thompson has presented Newsnight and BBC Breakfast[3] and, for a period, occasionally guest presented on BBC News Channel and BBC News' politics and arts interview programme HARDtalk.[1]

Thompson was awarded Royal Television Society Regional TV Presenter of the Year for two consecutive years: 1997[4] and 1998.[5] He was also nominated in the same category in 1999.[6] In 2007, Thompson received an Award of Distinction from Belfast Metropolitan College for his services to journalism.[2] It was announced that Thompson would retire from the corporation in 2020 along with three other BBC presenters.

Personal lifeEdit

Thompson studied at Campbell College in Belfast and St Catharine's College, Cambridge, reading MML (French and German), then Social and Political Sciences.[2]

Prior to joining the BBC, Thompson worked in a bar at the Europa Hotel in Belfast, and he also managed his brother's restaurant in the West Indies.[2]

He sings baritone with the Belfast Philharmonic and has regularly performed at many classical concerts with the august choir alongside the Ulster Orchestra. [7] He is a committed and highly experienced wildlife photographer and mountain walker. [8]

Thompson is married to Sharon and has two children, Patrick and Matthew, the latter a reporter for LBC.


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