Tim Shaw (presenter)

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Tim Shaw
British radio and TV host Tim Shaw in Taipei, Taiwan.JPG
Shaw in Taipei, Taiwan
Born (1974-06-09) 9 June 1974 (age 49)
Occupation(s)Radio host, TV presenter, engineer
Known for Street Genius (None of the Above)
True Tube
Tim Shaw's Asylum
The Morning After
Balls of Steel
Fifth Gear
Tim Shaw's Rehab
How To Win At Everything Experimental
Height6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Website timshaw.co.uk

Tim Shaw (born 9 June 1974) is a British radio host, TV presenter and engineer. [1] He is currently [ when? ] hosting a selection of factual engineering and science TV series on the National Geographic TV channel in both the US and International territories. He previously hosted TV series in the UK for Channel 4, Channel 5, More4, Virgin1, Discovery and Current TV.


Early life

Before pursuing a career in radio and television, he studied Mechanical Engineering and Product Design at university. He has a degree in Professional Broadcasting. [1] [2] [3] [4]



In 2005, Shaw and his then colleague Greg Prebble performed a mock burglary at the Sutton Coldfield home of Kerrang Radio's then station director, Andrew Jeffries, live on air. The living room was sprayed with obscene graffiti and a window smashed. [5] The stunt resulted in Shaw being suspended by the station. [6]

Shaw was dismissed from Kerrang Radio on 23 April 2008 as the result of an Ofcom investigation into the running of an on-air competition. [7] OFCOM found that in a competition to give two tickets to a Rolling Stones documentary, Shaw had planned to award the tickets to a friend, pre-record his "entry" and play it "as live" instead of running a genuine competition. [8]


Shaw's wife, Hayley, sold his Lotus Esprit, worth £25,000, for 50p on eBay after he joked with Jodie Marsh live on air that he would leave his wife and two children for her. Hayley placed the lot on the auction site at the "buy it now" price of 50p with the description "I need to get rid of this car in the next two to three hours before my husband gets home to find it gone and all his belongings in the street." The car sold within five minutes. [9]


YearAwardsNominated workAwardResult
2006New York International Radio Programme AwardsTim Shaw's AsylumBest Regularly Scheduled Comedy ProgramBronze [10]
Best Comedy/Humor Personality: LocalSilver [10]
2007Tim Shaw for Breakfast. Kiss100Best Innovative ShowGold [11]
Tim Shaw's AsylumRegularly Sched. Talk ProgramGold [11]
Talk Special: InterviewGold [11]
2009Sony Radio AwardsTim Shaw’s AbsolutionThe Entertainment AwardBronze
2010New York International Radio Programme AwardsTim Shaw's Rehab on BRMBShow ImagingBronze [12]

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