Jake Humphrey at Royal Norfolk Show '07
TV presenter Jake Humphrey took time away from
London's TV studios to visit a studio of a different sort at this
year's Royal Norfolk Show.
The sports-mad TV personality drew in the crowds
at the specially-designed BBC Studio at the Costessey showground
on the outskirts of Norwich.
Jake - who was brought up in the county and went
to the city's Hewett School - said he was pleased to be back home
and enjoyed the chance to eat one or two hog roast rolls.
Fans packed out the BBC marquee to catch a glimpse
of the CBBC and Sportsround presenter as he answered questions on
Jake signs his autograph for a fan at the Royal
Jake's pen also got plenty of use as he signed
dozens of autographs and gave out his top tips to those keen to
make it onto the TV screen.
He explained during his chat on stage that it's
not always easy to get a break.
"The thing is in television success basically
brings more success," he said.
"It's so difficult if you've never been a
TV presenter before and maybe you've filmed yourself doing a bit
of presenting with your friend and you're sending it off to TV companies.
That is the hardest it will ever be."
Jake first started presenting on Norwich-based
station Rapture TV. He began as a researcher, where he had to find
stories and check facts. Then the usual presenter fell ill and Jake
"Once you've got through that stage and you've
got a job on the television, someone else will go, 'Well, someone's
given them a job so they must be quite good so I'll give them a
job as well,'" he said.
"That's how I ended up at CBBC and doing loads
of different shows."
Netting the Sportsround job
Jake has been a favourite on CBBC since 2001 and
he's fronted shows including Fame Academy, Rule The School, Against
All Odds, Saturday Show, Bamzooki and Sportsround.
Getting the job on Sportsround has been one of
the Norwich City fan's biggest achievements. He had to go for three
auditions before he was told he had got it.
"I wanted to be a sports broadcaster, I wanted
to be presenting the 2012 Olympics, Match Of The Day and the World
Cup final," he said.
"So I told everyone sport was what I wanted
to do, then Sportsround came up and I auditioned, but it still wasn't
Being the face of Sportsround meant Jake got the
glamorous job of following last year's World Cup action. He had
to stay in Germany for six weeks, which he loved.
His passion for sport has also led him to be picked
to report for Football Focus and Match Of The Day. For Jake, it's
been a dream come true - but it's been nerve-wracking too.
"If you'd have said to me six months ago,
'What's your dream show?' Match Of The Day would have been it,"
"But that's kind of tempered with a bit of
"You think, 'Has it come a bit too soon, do
I deserve to get Match Of The Day' because what you don't want to
get a great opportunity, mess it up and then never get another chance
ever again, so you really have to do yourself justice on this show.
"On a show like that - your first Match Of
The Day - the bosses are watching so carefully and so closely -
that's the most pressure you'll ever feel in television," he
In August though, Jake will be feeling nerves of a
different kind when he walks down the aisle to marry his long-time